It’s quite rare that Sony makes mobile headlines, even in the fickle world of Android, but last week the mobile press was abuzz with tales of the Sony Nexus X. Here at Mobot, however, we checked out the purported pics and merely shrugged.
Turns out those shrugs were on the money, as the originator of the Sony Nexus X pics has admitted that they were faked, apologised for doing so, and – most importantly – explained how he did it.
The anonymous chap has detailed the entire saga with a lengthy post titled Anatomy of a Hoax.
It makes for incredibly interesting reading, and shows how the Sony Nexus X pics went from sitting on a humble Picasa account to featuring in hundreds of articles across the cyberweb, with no action on the hoaxer’s part whatsoever.
We’re also told how the Sony Nexus X was created using elements of the Xperia Ion, Xperia TL, and existing Nexus phones. The result was an all-too-believable device.
However, there were still telltale signs of fakery, such as misaligned icons and the classic 'perspective looking not quite right'.
Perhaps most interesting of all is that no one attempted to contact the owner of the Picasa album. “Seriously. Not one comment reaching out to the elusive Mutul Yeter. Man, if I was a journalist, the very first thing I would do is to make some sort of attempt to contact the person who posted the leak.
“Even if it was a long shot, I could be the guy who put the whole thing to bed. That has to count for something.”
Eek. Lesson learned, anonymous hoaxer. Lesson learned.