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Sony blocks installation of benchmark apps on prototype devices to reduce leaks

Sony blocks installation of benchmark apps on prototype devices to reduce leaks

Every company wants to keep its upcoming products under wraps until the time it’s ready to make a formal announcement, but it’s something that’s becoming rather impossible these days, as almost every device gets leaked before it’s made official. Sony’s devices have suffered from this evil for as long as anyone remembers, but the Japanese manufacturer might have found a clever way to prevent its devices from being leaked: by blocking the installation of benchmark apps on prototype devices.

An image posted by XperiaBlog shows how a prototype Sony device showed off a warning when someone tried to install AnTuTu benchmark and simply gave no option to proceed with the installation. Considering the fact that benchmark apps are one of the biggest offenders when it comes to leaks, it’s a good move from Sony, though it’s unknown if the blocking of such apps can be worked around, perhaps by changing the package name of the installation file of a particular benchmark app. Even if it is, it’s still a good way to indicate to the tester that these apps can be detrimental to the company’s efforts to keep things a secret, and could go a long way towards reducing the amount of leaked details we’re able to get on any upcoming Samsung smartphone.