New security heading to Sony devices via “my Xperia” service

Sony has kicked off a new pilot project to bring a remote security service to market for owners of their Xperia smartphone devices. Sony is calling it “my Xperia” as they pilot the service in the Nordics and target a global release during the second quarter of 2013. One of the individuals behind the service, Sony Experience Planner Marcin Zielinski, described some of the service’s features in a one sentence blurb as helping “you locate your misplaced Sony smartphone and protect your personal data.”

Zielinski was interviewed about the service on the official Sony blog. He indicates Sony realizes their line of Xperia smartphones are just as valuable and important, perhaps more so, that items like keys and wallets. Unfortunately, it is easy to misplace or otherwise lose your smartphone just like keys and wallets. The “my Xperia” app will help users deal with those unanticipated situations.

After installing the app on their smartphone and activating it, users can fire up a web browser on a computer and sign in with their Google ID to access functions like:

  • locate their smartphone on a map
  • sound an alert, which includes the ability to override silent mode and wake the screen up
  • lock the phone to maintain privacy and send a message with contact details
  • erase internal and external memory if necessary

Zielinski says Sony will start the pilot with devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The first device will be the Sony Xperia Acro S. Sony will send a notification to Xperia owners when the service is available to them with instructions on how to install the app on their device.

source: Sony