Sony brings Folding@Home support for Xperia devices – help find a cure for diseases

by XB on 12th January 2015

in Applications, Featured Content

Folding@Home Xperia_4Many of you are most likely already familiar with Stanford University’s Folding@home project. The project involved ordinary people downloading software onto their PCs, which would then utilise CPU processing cycles when their computers were idle to help find cures for cancer, Alzheimer’s and other types of diseases including Ebola.

The study of protein folding involves millions of complicated calculations. The combined effect of many people contributing hundreds of computational hours of processing power towards the project, gives the team at Stanford significantly more resource than it could achieve on its own. Folding@Home was also available for the PlayStation 3 for five years, before it was pulled in 2012.


Well now Sony Xperia owners can also join in to help make a difference. Sony Mobile has launched a BETA of the Folding@Home app that will allow you to lend your smartphone processing power whilst you sleep. Sony says that 500k users running the app would more than double the power of entire the Folding@Home network today. Pretty powerful stuff.

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Sony says that there is no security risk involved with Folding@Home on your phone. Only the processing power and Wi-Fi connection are utilised. The app does not access any data from the phone. To help contribute your phone will need to be connected to a charger and a Wi-Fi network and be on within the time interval set in the app.

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The app will work on select Sony Xperia devices running Android 4.4 (KitKat) and higher. This includes all Xperia Z series smartphones as well as the Xperia T3, T2 Ultra, M2 Aqua and C3. The app will support non-Sony devices in early 2015. To get started, hit the Play Store link below.

Google Play Store: Folding@Home

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Via Sony Mobile Blog.

Thanks Hasan!

  • Niek van Rijswijk

    You should really install this. It only works in set times, when the charger is plugged in, battery at 100% and connected to WiFi. One simple install and you help mankind forward. Whats not to like?

  • Prasad Daki

    What for Xperia E3?Will it get support for this app?Will wait for it….

  • osin17

    I installed this. Some reasons:
    + I know I would have alzheimer if i keep drinking too much coffee, don’t sleep enough and work too much without gaining happyness
    + If one day I have a daughter, I hope she’ll not have breasts cancer or any similar cancers.
    + I don’t care about VIH, but i care about people who had it by comprehensive mistake or something in this kind of

  • nopropow2u

    You mean HIV? And people who got it from fucking should die? Really selfless goodness is here, gee thanks.

  • osin17

    Yeah, i’m sorry, i fix it.
    And sorry about what i said, nobody shoud die because of any sickness

  • Robert Vanagas

    This needs so much more attention…

  • gmfady

    .. Original & appreciated Move 4 all the Masses :)

  • gmfady

    fcors! .prasad, it will get it sooner/later

  • I hate to ask this, but its true and possible:
    How much processing power will be allocated for trying to hack and overcome security encryption that today’s computational power restricts?
    What happens when there’s a backdoor? The backdoor can be of any kind.

    Yeah, I’m the evil guy, but most times, as long as we live in an evil world, its good to think evil, before the evil thinks.

  • hocestquisumus

    My Z1c gets very warm while crunching away at the numbers. I wonder if that’s healthy in the long run.

  • hansip

    To be Honest, I’d better be using my small energy efficient HTPC to do computing rather than wasting my precious sealed battery. Not that i am complaining about Sony decision but in order to have great battery life on your phone for prolonged time, one shouldn’t let it work while in charging with full load. That just kill the battery faster. Basic battery knowledge.

  • Riyal

    While the cause is good…. I can see a sneaky marketing deep inside this app….

    By installing this app you will be killing your battery day by day and and in the long run you’ll end up depleting your battery which in the end would result in you buying another phone because Sony devices have sealed batteries and it costs much more replacing it’s battery than just buying a new one and replacing it yourself like the conventional ones.

  • jonoave

    Just installed this.

  • Guest

    I remember this on the PS3, I can’t believe it finished in 2012, it seems like only yesterday.

    I was going to download the app, then realised I couldn’t. Sorry, I did want to help (blame Sony,SP user here).

  • A.o.D

    Nice work. I’m in!

  • lasttodie

    This is great, I’m in

  • Peter

    You talk about basic battery knowledge, and yet from what you said it looks like you have absolutely no idea about modern batteries/charging processes…

  • Vignesh Raja

    Off Topic:- Since past two weeks I’m unable to reach site… Site keeps on loading… Sometimes loads incomplete site. I’ve tried from several different devices. Is this only to me or anyone else experiencing this?

  • Kaarthikeyan Swaminathan

    Not sure if e3 will get it looking at the processing power the app will consume

  • Kaarthikeyan Swaminathan

    Just you. Mayb ur ISP is breaking the bits :D

  • Timel

    This is great, unfortunately no one cares about Xperia devices.

  • Jim

    How about some basic phone knowledge? The phone doesn’t put charge into the battery, nor drain it, when you are fully charged and on a charger (there is some current drawn from the charger, by the modem, and that happens regardless of what you do). As long as the current drawn does not exceed the output from the charger, it’s drawn from the charger.

  • Jim

    Sorry, I meant to say there is some current drawn from the battery by the modem, but again that is regardless of if you run this app or not.

  • Miyage

    That’s why you are spamming a fansite dedicated specifically to Xperia devices. Such winrar, much smrat.

  • Xperia Gaga

    i saw you hating on sony on youtube and now you’re here….

  • Vignesh Raja

    Maybe not. Tried with several ISPs

  • Kaarthikeyan Swaminathan

    A note to the site admin, Knowing that u can trace the ip from where the posts are coming, can you block this idiot with the name Timel. He is so annoying that I am starting to dislike this blog. I know he is coward who cant even use a registered name, but if you can please block his nonsense, it will be of great help.
    Thank you

  • hansip

    Sorry to tell you bud, but unless you are really sure (i.e. Sony charger unit maker) that the charger is not charging the phone battery, i’m not convinced that’s how it works. I am open for correction but until then, better safe than sorry.

  • Jenge Engelbrecht

    I have had issues accessing it aswell but found it was usually the country that I was in trying to hijack the link while browsing causing the browser to timeout

  • Brian De Guzman

    it is loading fine on mine

  • Jenge Engelbrecht

    It cannot kill your battery while fully charged…

  • hansip

    Taken from Battery University:
    “Lithium-ion does not need to be fully charged; a partial charge is better.”

    that’s because when you left your phone overcharged at night, it will stay 100% for prolonged time. Prolonged high voltage on battery will decrease your battery life. Once your F@H takes the battery power, charger will automatically charge the battery again to 100%. Unless we’re seeing such technique like one i saw in Lenovo Laptop with option to charge only when battery drops below 50%, i think the one that should check the fact first is you, bud.

  • Jenge Engelbrecht

    Your phone has built in temperature sensors and regulators to control the voltage and heat. Your processor will automatically lower the clock speed if the phone is reaching a higher temperature…

    Built-in safety is with every Sony device to prolong the battery and service life of every device. That’s why they have been one of the few companies who are able to seal the battery

  • Jim

    You can see this as a fact, the battery voltage is not excited by the charger, nor by the device (ie. draining). Current used by the phone is from charger, not battery.

    If you don’t believe me you are welcome to test for yourself, you just need to find an app that logs voltage, there are plenty on google play.

    I have done such measurements on several devices, a good few of them Sony and Sony Ericsson ones. The newer phones seem to drop to just above 4 before they start to recharge, in other words they don’t stress the battery.

  • Jim

    And by drop to just above 4, I mean 4V.

    By the way, it’s the phone that decides when and how much to charge, not the charger. Even with a 2A charger, the phone won’t draw a constant 2A over the entire charge period.

  • hansip

    Phone battery voltage max is 3.8V. Are you sure 4V?

  • hansip

    Problem is (with your explanation), Battery won’t stay on the upper limit of voltage even when untouched for long. So it’s more often than not, that the phone will decide to charge your phone again and again overnight.

    If things work the way you explained it to be, i’m not sure why modern UPS battery still need to be replaced every 2 years (or any laptop battery).

    I do wish that your opinion is right. But i’m still skeptic about it.

  • Mac

    This is some dope stuf right here mayne! Contribution in progress yall.

  • Doubleyoupee

    Yeah, and destroy my non-replaceable battery.
    No thanks

  • Jim

    3.8V is common on Atom based platforms. Qualcomm ones used to be 4.2V, but now they roll on 4.35V.

  • We know that you’re hating Sony (or trolling) but please don’t waste your life by refrain yourself from talking trash, making pointless comments & making Sony fans mad at you.

  • Did you try to load this site using another DNS provider like Google DNS & OpenDNS?

  • hansip

    Yep right, sorry i think i take the normal Voltage not the Max Voltage.

  • mUSICA
  • Of course, I try to be everywhere.

  • Jacky

    i just tried this with my xperia zr last night, my phone wasn’t even warm at all.

  • Prateek Bhanushali
  • jojo duarte

    i tried T2 Ultra not compatible.

  • Diogo Simões

    My Xperia Z2 was…

  • amr

    That’s so great no doubt im downloading it

  • Jacky

    Actually it gets slightly warm, but fb and website browsing have no lag.

  • vigneshprince

    then why you are here? spanning in This blog?

  • Vasyl Khrystyuk

    Sony Experia E1 (20.1.B.2.15) is “unsuported”. Why?

  • amirali
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