Sony is working on rolling out its own security service called ‘my Xperia’ for its Xperia range of Android smartphones. The new service will be similar to the remote security features offered by Samsung Dive and HTC Sense.
Sony’s my Xperia service will be capable of:
- Locating your Xperia smartphone remotely, and placing it on a map. If the device can’t be located immediately, you have the option to be notified at your associated Google account once it has been located.
- You can sound an alarm if the device is misplaced.
- You can lock your device remotely and display a custom message on the screen.
- You can specify a contact phone number where the finder can get in touch with you.
- You can perform a remote wipe to delete data stored in the internal memory as well as the memory card.
- You will receive confirmation in your Google account once your device has been locked or wiped.
The my Xperia service will be available globally in the second quarter of this year. However, a pilot program will be started in Nordic countries in a phased manner over the coming weeks. The pilot program will start with the Xperia Acro S, and new devices will be added later. Users selected to participate in the pilot program will receive a notification in their handset.
While ‘my Xperia’ is rather limited when compared with what some of the other alternatives like Avast can do, it’s a welcome initiative. I only hope that Sony will aggressively push it to ensure that most new users install the service. I have seen too many people waking up to the needs of remote security apps only after their device has been stolen.