Developer? Borrow an Xperia™ smartphone and test your app

Hey developers, now that the spring season has arrived, it’s the perfect time to get fresh start on your Android™ development. Would you be interested in trying out and testing an Xperia™ smartphone, without any cost, to ensure that your app is compliant? If yes, then why not borrow a smartphone from our Device Loaner Program? This program is intended as a low cost (free!) option to allow you to test your apps on a physical Xperia smartphone or accessory device for up to 30 days. And we’ve just added two more models to the lineup – the Xperia arc S and the recently announced Xperia S. Get more details after the jump.

The Device Loaner Program was created with you, the developer, in mind. For the smaller studios and independent developers with limited resources, this is a perfect program to take advantage of. With it, you can immediately borrow an Xperia™ smartphone for up to 30 days. The service is completely free, and initially aimed at the U.S. and Canadian market.

Device Loaner Program product page

Device Loaner Program product page.

We currently have these models available for you to borrow:

To register for the Device Loaner program, simply go to the Device Loaner Program home page where you’ll find step-by-step instructions for setting up an account. Inventory is limited, and only one phone or device is allowed per customer, so sign up today and get your order placed as soon as possible. And if there’s an Xperia™ product that you’d like to see added, or have a question about the program, simply leave us a comment at the bottom of this page!

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  1. By Jiyoung Lee


    i have some questions!

    First, Sony said they will pay delivery cost for using this service. i wonder it means one-way delivery cost or round-trip cost??

    Next, one page(http://developer.sonymobile.com/services/borrow-a-phone/) said, “The program is aimed at the U.S. and Canadian market; we cannot ship devices outside of the U.S. and Canada.”. However, the other page(http://developer.sonymobile.com/2012/04/18/developer-borrow-an-xperia-smartphone-and-test-your-app/) said, “The service is completely free, and initially aimed at the U.S. and Canadian market. If you’re a developer outside of these markets, please be aware that you’ll be paying for international shipping fees, plus applicable customs/duties for your particular destination.
    ” Which one is correct? im really confused.

    i hope you can give me answers asap thanks!

  2. By Anish Bose


    ICS is real bullshit . The browser does not work properly, it always disconnects even if there is full coverag
    The display time of the keyboard is slow. ALL the application are using more of RAM so the phone is very slow.
    Most of the applications respond ‘not respondent’.
    Some times internet connectivity get disabled automaticly.
    In each area u can find a problem.
    I am very disappointed.
    Android 2.3 is far more better.

  3. By Obasi Shaw


    First of all, thank you for opening up your device loaner program. It will be a great asset in app development. I just have two questions about the program.

    1. Is it possible to request a second device loan after the first has expired? For example, if I returned an Xperia PLAY, then wanted an Xperia arc, would I be able to request it, or is one device the limit?

    2. What level of damage done to the device would require repayment? For example, if the device’s body received a few small scratches, would I be required to pay a fee? Or if the screen cracked, would I be required to pay a fee?

    • By Joe Padre


      Hi Obasi,
      Thanks for the feedback. In answer to your questions, yes, you can borrow another device after the first one is returned. Returned devices are reset to factory defaults and inspected for any damage before sending out again. If a screen become cracked, a payment will be required. Minor scratches are okay. Any damage other than normal wear and tear will require payment. If you receive a loaner device with damaged or missing parts, please contact the Device Loaner Program immediately.
      Thanks and best regards,
      Joe from Developer World

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