The OmniTechNew, a webshow/blog,was started by three kids in 2008 offering News, Reviews, Interviews, Tips, Videos, and More to their readers.
Content is from the site's 2009 -2023 archived pages as well as from other outside sources.


Welcome to OmniTechNews!

We are a few kids that thought it would be fun to make a webshow/blog. The original founders are *Robert, Carson, and Lucas.

*See all the PR on Robert below.

The show started off as ClarkeHQTech but soon changed to OmniTechNews or OTN for short. Since then, we have had some amazing accomplishments. Our show is getting quite popular as well as our blog.  We hope you enjoy OmniTechNews.


The OmniTechNews Team



The Crew



Hi, my name is Robert, and I`m one of the three founders of OmniTechNews. I do a lot of the OmniTechNews` videos and do some blog posts too. I love tennis, basketball, swimming, snorkeling and hope to do diving soon. I also like to take pictures, play on the Xbox, and Tweet!



*Bio Coming soon*





Hello, my name is Lucas and I am one of the 3 members here at OmniTechNews. I am 11 years old and some of my skills include photography, graphic design, and photo editing/manipulation.





Hi, my name is Braden, I am The head of marketing on OmniTechNews, and friends with Robert, Harry, and Lucas.

You might see me in some of the shows but mainly I just help out the producers.
I am somewhat of a geek and I love skittles, as you know, of course.
My youtube account is skittles4OTN which is basically a
OTN fan-site.



Hi, my name is Harry. I am friends with the members of OmniTechNews. I love to play sports. My main sports are cricket, soccer, and basketball. I play many other sports too. I also love to play video games, such as Halo, FIFA, Midnight Club or NBA. I also like Microsoft and Apple, so you would see a bunch of posts, by me, having to do with Microsoft or Apple.






Robert Clarke is like any other young person; he enjoys sports and video games—and, oh yeah, he reviews tech gadgets, has his own web show and blog, and has garnered attention from both businesses and media. Did I mention he's not even a teen? As the kid spearheading OmniTechNews, a blog dedicated to all things tech and gadgets, Robert is very quickly making a name for himself in Seattle's social media space.

At just 12 years old, he's already creating and producing great-quality video and blog content at his family's eastside home. To date, he and his team have created over 50+ YouTube videos ranging in topics from product unboxings to reviews to software tips and tricks. As a result of his blog, companies have started to take notice and have even started sending him products for review. But it's not just businesses he's gaining the attention of - recently Robert and his OmniTech team have been featured on NPR and King 5 News Seattle. Amazing, isn't it?

Through OmniTechNews, what Robert is doing is reinforcing the fact that if you have a great original ideas, some social media savvy, and a lot of passion and knowledge, it doesn't matter your age—people will find what you have to share valuable. Is the next generation of social media users starting to arrive? I think so and it's being lead by young people like Robert Clarke. So get ready, because they're not just knocking on the door, they're about to break it down.

Robert Clarke of OmniTechNews with the tools of the trade. (Photo by Annie Laurie Malarke

Geek of the Week is a regular feature profiling the characters of the Pacific Northwest technology community

Our latest Geek of the Week, Robert Clarke of OmniTechNews, is one of the smartest and hardest-working technology reporters around — going to tech events, analyzing the latest gadgets and doing his best to land interviews. He just happens to be 14 years old.

A student at Redmond Junior High, he moved to the United States five years ago from the small English town of Berkhamsted after his dad got a job here. He and his friends started OmniTechNews three years ago — in their school library — and we first bumped into them at Gnomedex 2010, where their on-stage presentation was a big hit with the crowd.

Robert Clarke

Job, hobby and/or other geeky pursuit: I love to play Xbox (naturally), but I also enjoy tennis, basketball and swimming. I also count blogging and tweeting as sports. :)

Coolest thing about what you do: I really like going to meet all these cool techy people, and sometimes even being recognized, even though that’s not often.

How did you become a technology journalist, and what do you love about it? I became a tech journalist because I wanted to give my impression on new tech stuff that was coming out, and journalism was the best way to do that. My friends and I created my tech blog “OmniTechNews” back in 2008, in our elementary school library.

What do you want to do after you graduate from high school and college? I’ll probably continue tech journalism, but I haven’t fully decided yet. A good way to put it would be “I want to be happy and active in my profession.”

Which technology products and services do you use in your daily life, and how do you use them? I use my MacBook Air at school in pretty much every class. It makes it much easier to write notes and stuff. I use some cool productivity apps from the OSX app store to accomplish tasks at school, and MarsEdit to write blog posts in my free time. At home, I have this 20-pound beast of a computer, which I custom built in 2010. I game quite a lot on it, but I also use it to edit the videos that I do for OmniTechNews with Premiere Pro CS5. I also have an iPhone 4S which I use for everything else on the go.

Your favorite OmniTechNews interview ever?My favorite interview I ever experienced was with the creator of Minecraft: Notch. I’m quite addicted to playing a PC game called Minecraft, so meeting and interviewing the guy that made it was awesome. It was at the Seattle gaming convention: PAX.

What does it mean to you to be a geek? I love technology, and use it every day in my life, and being a geek is just that. I didn’t even know I was a geek until I saw the definition on a t-shirt I got. Geeks are born geeks, and that’s a fact. It’s like a disease, but not bad …

What should adults understand about how kids use technology? Technology is the one area which has evolved quite a bit since adults were kids, so I think it’s fair to say that kids can use technology as good, if not better than adults can. That being said, a lot of “kids” use technology simply for sharing photos and Facebook.

Geekiest thing(s) you’ve ever done, built, or worn: The geekiest thing I’ve ever done was to wait up until 2am just to get an iPhone. I think this is something only a hardcore geek would do.

Your best tip or trick for managing everyday work and life: In my case, Twitter keeps me sane; it’s nice relating to someone who’s having the same problem. That’s one of the reasons I love Twitter, and use it every day. I also recommend keeping lists of things you need to do, so work doesn’t overload.

Mac, Windows or Linux? I own a MacBook Air, and custom-built Windows PC, so I would have to say Mac and Windows, definitely not Linux **shiver**

[Update, May 2013: Robert offers an amendment to his statement above. He writes: “Since this post, I’ve been living and breathing cloud computing/web hosting. What I meant to say regarding what I use as operating systems, is that I would never use Linux in a desktop work environment specific, but running it “in the cloud”, or servers is my bread and butter.]

Transporter, Time Machine or Cloak of Invisibility? When I saw this question I thought you were talking about forms of computer backup programs. :) Anyway I would take a transporter so that I wouldn’t have to pay the ridiculous airfare fees, and I could leave for jazz band later. (I have to leave at 6:20 am to be there on time).

If someone gave me $1 million to launch a startup, I would … Create a tech website of some sort, and use the money to buy lots of equipment to make it ultra professional and awesome.

I once waited in line for … I waited in line for the iPad 2 for 3 hours and never got one. That was the last time I ever waited for anything in line.

Your geek role models? Mark Zuckerburg is an inspiration because he created a huge website, that became very successful.

Greatest Game In History: Minecraft, I’ve played more hours of Minecraft than probably anything else in my life.

Best Gadget Ever: My phone, I couldn’t live without my phone.

First computer: Custom-built Windows machine. I built it with my dad when I was 6 years old.

Current phone: iPhone 4S on AT&T.

Favorite app: Tweetbot, as it’s a Twitter app with a gorgeous UI, which makes it easy to tweet on the go, as it doesn’t slow down my phone.

Favorite hangout: Fatburger, because their burgers are literally amazing.

Most important technology of 2011: Smartphones, because I believe everyone should have one in the future.

Most important technology of 2015: Holographic displays, because they will look hella awesome.

Words of advice for your fellow geeks: Don’t geek out in public, it makes you look like a nerd (which is not good!).



Young High-Tech Entrepreneurs Get Noticed

August 17, 2009
Heard on All Things Considered

Companies large and small are discovering that they can't ignore Internet product reviews and social networking sites — and some of the new voices that must be heeded are very young.

The headquarters of is the cramped bedroom of 12-year-old Robert Clarke in Redmond, Wash. He and his two elementary school pals, Carson Fujisaki and Lucas Reif, are taping their latest video podcast product review.

Clarke is in a T-shirt and shorts. He smoothly and confidently runs through the pros and cons of some new headphones from the company Skullcandy; 2 1/2 minutes later, it's a wrap

These Internet videos routinely draw a couple hundred views. Viewership occasionally spikes into the thousands — not bad for an enterprise powered by weeding and babysitting money, and Fujisaki's $2-a-week allowance.

"I think we just did it for fun at the time, just because it was something we like to do," Fujisaki says. "Then we definitely started getting a lot more popular and started adding members to the team."

Although companies are sending them free gadgets and accessories to review, the boys also go out and interview local business managers such as Roberto Hoyos, who owns specialty pillow company Throwboy Pillows. He treats the youngsters dead seriously.

"What they are doing is almost like when people go, 'Hey, let's go play store,' or, 'Hey, let's play news reporter today.' But now you can make it into a real thing," Hoyos says. "People can actually see it. And people can subscribe to it, and people can click on your advertisements and all sorts of things. You can actually make money off of it."

The 11- and 12-year-olds at OmniTechNews don't feel sorry for businesses still getting used to the cacophony of unknown, uncredentialed critics.

Reif says he is aware of the variable quality of Web media out there.

"I think that we're definitely trying to be professional in what we do," he says. "People who do this inpidually down in their basement, I think they need to up the game because there are a lot of other people out there who do the same stuff."




OmniTechNews 2009

The Latest And Greatest in Technology




Microsoft Retail Stores!

It’s finally happening! Microsoft is going to be opening retail stores sometime this fall. This is great for Microsoft especially since Windows 7 is on its way. Microsoft’s Kevin Turner is even saying that some of the stores will be located right next to Apple stores! As of right now we know very little, but Microsoft says we need to stay tuned for updates on this exciting piece of news!


Palm Releases Mojo SDK to the Public



Palm just released the Mojo SDK for the Pre’s WebOS! All you developers can head over to and start coding away. Hopefully some cool, new apps will be created as a result of this! Thanks Palm!



Nintendo Has No Plans to Release Black Wii in the US



Today is such a sad day. Nintendo has just announced that they have no plans of releasing the black Wii in the US. We were so excited for some insight on when it would become available in America. But then Nintendo had to go and crush our dreams. *Sniffel*

Posted on : Jul 16 2009


Apple Tells Microsoft to Stop Running “Laptop Hunters” Ads

Microsoft’s “Laptop Hunter” ads appear to be working. But apparently Apple doesn’t like them. Kevin Turner, Microsoft’s chief operating officer stated that the Apple legal department called Microsoft and asked them to stop airing the ads. “Two weeks ago we got a call from the Apple legal department saying “Hey, you need to stop running those ads, we lowered our prices.” They took like $100 off or something. It was the greatest single phone call in the history that I’ve ever taken in business,” Turner said.

Posted on : Jul 16 2009


Microsoft to Discontinue Popfly


Unfortunately, Microsoft is going to be shutting down their popular online game-creator, Popfly. John Montgomery wrote on the Popfly website that the service will become unavailable on August 24th. All games and mashups that were designed on the website will be deleted. Bye Popfly. It’s sad to see you go.

Posted on : Jul 17 2009




OmniTechNews 2012 - 2013

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About Us Now

OmniTechNews was founded in 2008 and covers the ever changing world of technology. With a focus on social media, mobile technology, and gaming, our mission is to bring you the latest news, useful product information, and helpful how-tos. Unlike larger tech blogs that flood you with information, our goal is to focus on the fields our readers will find the most interesting and useful. Please join us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with our latest updates.

The OmniTechNews Crew

Editor-in-chief: Seraphim William Davidson




Fatal Velocity: Taking Physics to the Extreme [Video]

Written by Mino Marimaton April 10, 2013·

First-person-shooting (FPS) games have always been a different experience to gamers. It provides, well, a first-person viewpoint of the game, which gives gamers the thrill of being in the game itself. The only thing that you see in the screen is your two hands – whatever those are holding as weapons – and then you fire away against whoever character or player you see inside the map. The kind of gameplay FPS provides is probably the most realistic, in terms of the feel of the game.

But what if you add the laws of physics to the equation? 


Here’s where the upcoming game Fatal Velocity comes in. The nuclear war that arose due to the clash between the United States and the Soviet Union during the mid-1950s consumed the Earth so much that the planet became near-uninhabitable. This damage forced the remnants of the two nations to unite and look for another planet to live in.

Fast forward to the new world, and a new society was formed, but without proper governance the human race was  in peril. There had to be a way to “feed the crude behavior of the human race,” and a new sport was born – Fatal Velocity.

The game involves an arena that challenges the player’s ability to overcome various obstacles, including harsh conditions in the environment as well as other players, or enemies. You get to use equipment that utilizes the existing laws and properties of physics, such as the jetpack to increase your mobility; physics-based weapons such as shotgun, push and pull; and you may also use these weapons to move around the map. There are also some “force modifiers.” Pretty soon we will have additional details, as updates continue to be released.

Fatal Velocity is made by the indie game developing team Range+1, whose members all hail from the Art Institute of Vancouver in British Columbia. The team is composed of these young and energetic individuals:

  • R.Jaime Smith (Producer, Lead Level Designer)
  • Tony Ho (Lead Programmer)
  • Eric Hayman (Lead UI Programmer)
  • Maurice Gela (Pipeline Mgr & Particle Effects)
  • Kristyan Queaño (Lead Front End & Level Designer)
  • Ryan Friend (Lead Environment Modeler)
  • Chris Johnson (Lead Character Modeler)
  • Antonio Ghidina (Level Designer)
  • John Finlay (Level Designer)
  • Vassil Anguelov (Lead Animator)
  • Derek James (Animator)
  • Oscar “Scorp” Maciel (Lead Graphic Designer)

The game has been released in alpha mode, and you may check out how the game works in this video:


Google Nose Was a Joke, but Electronic Nose is Real

Creating an Electronic Nose for the Smell of It

As I was walking to work on April 1st, I was listening to CNN Radio’s podcast report of Google Nose. Whether they were in on the joke or had been taken in by it, I’m not sure. In any case, it was obvious to most that it was a joke. However, some people bought it, and perhaps more disconcertingly, some actually thought they had it working! Well, most people understood that photons can’t turn into smells, but it is possible to create the database of smells that Google described.

Technology company Cyrano Sciences has developed an electronic nose. Yes, Cyrano. The company’s sense of humor didn’t stop with 17th Century sci-fi writers. The prototype of their device was initially named Durante.

Jimmy Durante

Their product eventually evolved into the Cyranose 320. Now licensed by the optical system company IOS (hopefully Apple isn’t sniffing out a lawsuit) the device reads a ‘smellprint’ of chemical vapors, records it, and compares it with it’s current database. But unlike Google Nose’s imagined database, The Cyranose won’t be smelling flowers or success. Instead, it can smell patients breath and determine whether or not they have certain diseases like mesothelioma. It can also sniff out the freshness of foods used in restaurants.

Cyranose 320

The potential uses of an electronic nose don’t stop there. One could also be used to smell harmful chemicals used in factories before they reach levels dangerous for workers. Some countries have even considered adding a unique scent to their currency to make it more difficult to forge. Fortunately it’s not yet possible for you to sniff your tablet and smell this article. You might have closed your browser if you caught of whiff of the tuna sandwich I’m having for lunch.


The Cheapest Quad-Core Android Tablets You Can Buy – 7 and 10 Inches!

Written by Seraphim on March 15, 2013

The Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt

The Cheapest Hi-Res Quad-Core Tablet you CAN’T Buy!

The verdict is in, the cheapest high-res quad-core tablet around is the 7 inch Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt. At $99, it’s half the price of the Nexus 7. Unfortunately, it’s only sold in the Philippines. Since it’s not made in China it’s not available in all the usual places. So since this neat little tablet is out of bounds, let’s look at a the cheapest quad-core tablets you can get your hands on.

inol NOVO7 Crystal

First, we’ll look at the rock-bottom priced 7 inch tablet. The Ainol NOVO7 Crystal is unremarkable beyond the CPU and the price. On the downside, there’s  only a single front facing 0.3mp camera.There’s no Bluetooth, no GPS, and the battery will only last 6 hours at most.

On the plus side, it runs the Actions ATM7029 Cortex-A9 quad-core 1.5GHz. However, some report that it’s actually using a modified and improved A5, rather than an actual A9 CPU. In any case, apps and process that can take advantage of the quad core should run faster. It’s running Android 4.0 and has 8GB of internal memory. There’s obviously WiFi, and you get the big brand feature of 1080p HDMI TV-out. 3D games are supported and some should play well as the device has a 3D accelerator, but don’t expect to play Need for Speed without lag.

At $116.99, this tablet comes in less than $20 more than the Bolt. The Bolt does have a rear camera (though only a 2MP one). Both devices use the same processor, except that the Ainol claims it’s runs as 1.5GHz while the Bolt runs at 1.0GHz. The Bolt runs the slightly improved Android 4.1. The better processor on the Ainol might make it worth the extra cash, as the missing features aren’t worth that much. With free shipping, it certainly going to cost you less than a trip to the Philippines. The biggest downside is going to be that the Ainol Novo7 Crystal isn’t actually available yet, and won’t be until April 1st, but you can pre-order it now. Prices may rise once it is released, but right now it’s the cheapest quad-core tablet with a 7 inch screen around.

Ramos W27Pro

As long as we’re looking at cheap quad-cores, let’s take a look at the cheapest 10 incher as well. The Ramos W27Pro has nearly the same features and processor as the Ainol Novo7. The only upgrade is that it runs Android 4.1 and has twice the internal memory, and the downgrade is that it lack TV-out. Also the battery may run up to 7 hours. But if you want the cheapest quad-core tablet, this one goes for only $158.99 with free shipping.


If you’re into intense 3D games, these tablets may not be for you, but if you just want a quick tablet to play around with these are your cheapest choices. On the whole, they’re not bad for the price. The Ainol is significantly cheaper than it’s nearest rival, and the Ramos is less then half the price of the Nexus 10. Another good thing about them is that both Ainol and Ramos have a wide following, so you should be able to find support communities online. You’ll be able to root them and maybe even upgrade to the latest versions of Android.

If you have either of these, or the Fusion Bolt, tell us how you like them.



Sony ready for the PlayStation 4?

Written by Mino Marimaton February 7, 2013

And then, the gamers just went crazy.

Just recently, a video teaser showing off 3D animations of four basic shapes that every gamer of every generation will be definitely familiar of – consisting of the triangle, circle, square and the cross mark – in a somewhat high-tech, aqua-fied, and not to mention a revamped look of the colored shapes, has been released by Sony and is continuing to spread all over the web.

And not just the awesomely animated shapes – towards the end, the video showed the PS logo of the console that you would pretty much think about when you see those four shapes, and just below it, the date that every gamer of every generation should not miss: February 20, 2013.

This might be just it, folks, and by now we are about 99% sure of it. Come February 20, Sony will finally unveil a highly anticipated major upgrade, refurbish, remodel and rebuild (or whatever you would want to call it) of the best-selling console of its generation. Sony will finally release the Sony PlayStation 4.

Since its birth in December 1994, the Sony PlayStation has been released in three major iterations – the PlayStation, which was the first video game console that had about 100 million units sold; followed by a basically named Playstation 2, extending its records of over 160 million units sold as of January 2011, and its recent successor, the PlayStation 3, which notched to only over 70.2 million consoles worldwide, but undeniably the best-packaged console among the three versions released.

Although it wasn’t really specified on what is to be expected at the aforementioned date, rumors and even statements from major league Sony employees seem to point to the obvious. For instance, one Sony VP mentioned that we “could hear something about a big secret” come June’s E3 trade show. While all speculations continue to build up, Sony’s head honcho Kaz Hirai did give a hint that they may just wait for the competition to bring out their own, the same strategy that they enforced from the previous generation release.

As with rumors, here are some speculated specifications for the next PlayStation:

- Eight-core AMD64 CPU


-[rumored] TV service

It must be expected though that the wireless technology will be retained (of course) and the very same form of the controller will be intact. Other than the performance improvements, as based from the video teaser released, there may also be some changes on the overall look of the unit. We have all seen the changes of the unit from the first version up to the latest generation.

Whatever the changes could be, this might be what just Sony says as “a sight of the future.”

What are the other improvements and new features that you think we’ll see from the PlayStation 4? Tell us about it in your comments below.



Think Everyone Wants an iPhone 5? Think Again

Written by Mino Marimat on January 18, 2013

ure, news has now been spreading around cybertown that demands for Apple’s iPhone 5 are falling. This may be true to some point – mainly because some Apple fans are smart enough to wait for the later iteration of Apple’s “insanely great” phone; may also be untrue  as there is also this one article discussing about how the iPhone 5 is a “not-so-cool-anymore” smartphone according to teenagers, but we all know this could be just too incredible to believe.

But there is one question to ask Apple fans, including myself: Does everyone really want an iPhone 5?

If you are like me, as a personal preference I don’t really need to jump from the iPhone 4S to its younger brother. A colleague of mine owns an iPhone 4, but he doesn’t really plan to upgrade either. Maybe if I owned a really old phone – the first iPhone, perhaps?  Or even if I had an iPhone 3G. I wouldn’t even tolerate a 3GS, in my humble opinion.

But there’s a different story for everyone. Take freelance journalist Peter Falck for a good example. As reported from The Unofficial Apple Weblog, this guy displays one unique kind of loyalty to Apple. He owns an iPhone 3G, which he obtained way back in January 2009. Yes – with an officially a four-year-old smartphone, Falck says he still loves the very same features Jobs boasted off about back in 2009. These days, those kind of phones would have already been damaged. In other cases, not even the newest smartphones are given the proper treatment that they deserve – take some of the craziest experiments done by teenagers on the iPhone 5, as seen on YouTube.

There are actually a few advantages to the iPhone 3G, even against today’s standards. Some of these are as follows:

The curved plastic back. According to Falck, this ergonomic quality gives off that ease of holding the 3G, as compared to recent improvements in aesthetics of the iPhone 4 up to the 5. The old, smoothly rounded design feels easier and friendlier to the hand. Sure it’s fatter, but fat can be sexy, too.

Slow can be good, too. As a writer, Falck says that the slow speed of his phone forces him to write slowly. He also tends to be careful with his choice of words, thanks to this uncanny feature. But this can be a double-edged sword; Falck shares that this also slows down his train of thought, which results to some ideas lost in the process.

Web and Media content is still there. While the lack of compatible apps due to updates can be a nuisance to using such an old device, Falck is still happy with the things he can do with his 3G – IP Telephony and eMail. Besides, it can still play videos nicely.

Well, I’d give him a good two thumbs up for that.

Anyone else sharing the same philosophy as Falck? Feel free to tell us about it below in your comments.




Sony’s Emma Bootloader will Help You Recover Xperia from a Bad Root

Written by Mino Marimaton December 11, 2012

Everybody is well aware of the difference of philosophies that the two titans of the mobile tech world, Apple and Android (let’s not add Windows to the battlefield for the time being), in terms of user experience. Apple has always been adamant in its preference for closed systems, and therefore there will be a tighter control of the end user experience. Android, on the other hand, counterattacks with the open source integration for the OS systems, allowing further flexibility for the users to adjust several configurations to their own preferences. While there has been debate on which is better, both systems proved to be useful to the consumers.

And by virtue of the flexibility of the OS, Android users can opt to root the system (regardless of the version), which gave birth to what advanced users know as custom ROMs. While doing so will result in invalidation of the warranty and could even result in non-usability of the device itself. But the thought of upgrading the capacities of your device to greater heights than those “out-of-the-box” is too attractive to ignore. Hence, more users take the risk; and without enough knowledge of the proper ways to root the device, some consumers ruin their device, rendering it useless.

SONY has considered this possibility, and developed a way to keep the customer satisfaction on the positive side of the bar. Introducing Sony Emma, which is a flash tool for Xperia devices with unlocked bootloaders.

This could open a lot of doors, especially for Android users, both basic and advanced hackers  system configuration modifiers. With the Emma flash tool, when one consumer decides to root his or her device and commits a mistake – which usually renders the device to be “bricked” or non-usable, these mistakes can be undone. Some unwanted changes may also be removed and reverted back to the way things were before. Basically, with the help of the Emma flash tool, there is a better way to restore the smartphone into its default factory settings, hence, assurance that whether you successfully root your device or not, you can still have your device running properly.

Although the Emma is still in beta form, it is already compatible with a small list of Sony smartphones. Included in the roster are:

-Xperia S

-Xperia Arc

-Xperia Arc S

Sony expressed its plans to expand the compatibility of the device to more smartphones in the near future, and also hopes to be able to offer software releases for each device. With this move to support the Android community, users begin to realize the kind of love Sony has for Android. Google has seen this movement from Sony before, which led to the inclusion of the Xperia hardware to its AOSP program.