Sony is fighting leaks of prototype devices by banning benchmark apps
posted by Chris P. / Jan 24, 2014, 9:32 AM
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
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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.
posted on Jan 24, 2014, 9:50 AM 14
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Then why are you reading and visiting this website meant only for leaking information?
posted on Jan 24, 2014, 10:13 AM 3
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I read this same article weeks ago.. Wtf phone arena!
posted on Jan 24, 2014, 10:07 AM 5
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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.........
posted on Jan 24, 2014, 11:04 AM 12
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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
posted on Jan 24, 2014, 10:17 AM 3
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... The last six lines were totally unnecessary.
posted on Jan 24, 2014, 10:26 AM 0
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Thats why PS4 used games policy surprised everyone because no one expect it.
posted on Jan 25, 2014, 12:06 AM 1
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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. ;)
posted on Jan 25, 2014, 12:30 AM 1
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