Mar 3rd, 2011

An interesting interview with George Hotz – better known as GeoHot in the hacking world – that sees him unofficially exacting revenge on Sony in this ongoing legal battle between the two. If you didn’t know, GeoHot was the guy who jailbroke the iPhone and hacked the PlayStation 3. Sony’s a bit peeved and has tossed him into an expensive legal battle, but that isn’t stopping the guy from doing what he’s going to do.

In the interview above at around the four minute mark, he states that he’s bought a Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 to look at the encryption and security Sony Ericsson’s implemented. He also mentions he’s going to buy an Xperia Play and look at that, so I assume the X10 is to help him get a head start and see how exactly Sony Ericsson does things so he can crack the Xperia Play ahead of time.

I’m not so sure that strategy is the right way to go as the Xperia X10 is nowhere near the Xperia Play, software wise. The Xperia X10 sits on Android 2.1 while phones such as the Play and Arc will launch on Android 2.3/2.4 with the newest version of TimeScape. Encryption practices may end up being similar between the two families of Xperia phones, but there’s no way to tell right now. [Unofficial Sony Ericsson Blog]

PS: In other news, the X10 has messed around and gotten itself a Gingerbread port. (Perhaps THIS is what GeoHot was planning to do with it.) The build comes straight from the Xperia Arc. Things aren’t perfect, but you have to imagine the devs behind it are hammering away at its issues. [XDA via Android Community]