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

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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.