Sony's PlayStation Mobile Store to Open October 3
Sony recently announced that it will open its PlayStation Mobile Store for Android smartphones on October 3. The store will first be available in the U.S., Japan, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Australia. It will launch with about 30 titles from a handful of genres. More countries and more titles will be added over time. Sony also announced that Sharp and Fujitsu have joined its PlayStation Certified program, which means they will be able to add the PlayStation Mobile Store to their own devices in time. Last, Sony plans to make the PlayStation Mobile SDK available in select countries in November.
Sony Releases Messaging App for PlayStation Gamers
Sony recently made a stand-alone, mobile messaging app available to users of its PlayStation gaming console. The app, which requires a PlayStation Network account, lets gamers see which friends are online and available, send text or voice messages with photos and stickers, and swiftly access messaging groups and lists.
Sony's PlayStation Video App Lets Android Devices Access Movies
Sony recently released the PlayStation Video application for Android devices. The app is essentially a portal to Sony's video content store and lets people watch movies or TV shows they've purchased or rented from Sony.
Sony Xperia Phones Can Now Broadcast Games to Twitch
Sony today announced a new partnership with Twitch that will let select Xperia smartphones broadcast gameplay directly to Twitch. Twitch has allowed Android devices to view gameplay before, Sony's Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z4, and Xperia Z4v smartphones, and the Xperia Z4 Tablet can now push Android games to Twitch live.
Sony Pushing Marshmallow Concept to Testers
Sony today said a limited number of people can download and install its concept user interface for Android 6.0 Marshmallow on either the Xperia Z3 or Z3 Compact. Sony says the concept is rolling out slowly over the coming weeks and will be updated over time with new features and experiences.
Sony Forms Business to Make PlayStation Games for Phones
Sony is creating a new business unit with the express purpose of bringing PlayStation-branded games to smartphones and tablets. The company is changing its name from Sony Computer Entertainment to Sony Interactive Entertainment and at the same time forming ForwardWorks Corporation.