updated 03:55 pm EST, Thu December 16, 2010
Sony readies PlayStation app for Android, iPhone
Sony in a minor surprise today showed an official PlayStation app in the works for Android and the iPhone. Despite the name, the app doesn't include games themselves and is primarily to track a PSN account. Gamers will see their PSN friends' status and check both their own trophies as well as compare against friends.
The app will further serve as a mouthpiece for Sony in at least Europe, as it will have news and release dates for PS2, PS3 and PSP games as well as the official company blog and options of sharing news over e-mail, Facebook and Twitter. A future update will allow direct commenting on blog stories.
Sony expects the free app to be available "very soon" and is first targeting France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, with more European countries to come. Plans for the US and other countries haven't been outlined to date. Android users need at least 1.6 to get the update, while iPhone and iPod touch owners need to be using iOS 4.
The apps don't mark a full step into PlayStation gaming on phones, which won't come until the Sony Ericsson Z1 arrives and has its own PlayStation app for games. The Android 2.3 phone is unofficially anticipated for March and should have a full set of PSP Go-like controls to recreate the console experience.