Sony is fighting leaks of prototype devices by banning benchmark apps

Leaking sometimes vital information about new and upcoming devices has become as much a part of the mobile industry, as the actual phones. As the years have gone by, a small, but thriving elite of leakers has proliferated, and for a very good reason -- some of the leaked information is usually quite a bit more than just relayed rumors. Japanese Sony knows a thing or two about this, as its flagships, the Xperia Z1 and Z1 Compact, were both leaked pretty much in full, long before they were officially announced. We literally knew the precise way the devices would end up looking, along with what type of hardware they'll carry. It's no surprise, then, to see that Sony has, once again, taken steps to limit access to undisclosed models.

The new measure is aimed at benchmark apps, which routinely disclose precise hardware information about unknown devices. To that end, software on prototype Sony smartphones will no longer allow the installation of such apps, and the Xperia Blog has actually managed to obtain proof of that. The screenshot you're looking at could be a little misleading, as it may let you believe that it's just a warning. According to the folks who got their hands on it, however, it actually completely blocks the installation of an undisclosed benchmark app. It remains unknown whether such a measure will reliably stop the installation of renamed benchmarking apps, though it sounds rather unlikely.

source: Xperia Blog



1. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

This a very good thing. It pisses me off when we hear about a phone months and months away because someone benchmarked it. I love my news just as much as everybody else but leaks ruin smartphones sometimes.

4. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Then why are you reading and visiting this website meant only for leaking information?

6. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

come on man... u know what he ment

15. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

but no matter how hard they try someone in the company will always leaked out products they should just fire the person that leask out hardware

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Good. That way people will enjoy their phones more instead of saying "I'll wait for _______."

3. KParks23

Posts: 725; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

I read this same article weeks ago.. Wtf phone arena!

12. jibraihimi

Posts: 815; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

oh no, that wasn't the real article, that was the leak of this article. Phone arena should also take steps to prevent leaks of its article weeks in advance.........

13. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

That's funny, +1

5. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Good job Sony :D I never like leaks... Making the whole waiting for the announcement boring. Yup... they did say it's going to have that Yup... they did say it's going to have that Yup... they did say it's going to have that Yup... they did say it's going to have that Oh... that's something they didn't talk about... oh wait... no, they did say it's going to have that

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

... The last six lines were totally unnecessary.

8. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Like lots of your comments.

9. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012


14. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Out if the 4866 (including this one) comments, your comment holds true to a partial extent. I'll throw in a +1 because it made me laugh haha.

10. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

i liked it, it was funny kuz it was true

18. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

PWNED!!!! So true..........

11. xperiaz2

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 12, 2014

say yes

16. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

Thats why PS4 used games policy surprised everyone because no one expect it.

17. hurrycanger

Posts: 1765; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Good point. I don't like seeing leaks and fake leaks of the months-away upcoming phones very much, but leaks are really necessary for consumers sometimes. I hate that used game policy even though I don't own a PS4. I like Atsuko, too. ;)

19. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

Lol. I never expect to see Acchan fans in phonearena. I love her so much. Fans since 2009. Nice to met you :)

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