updated 06:56 pm EDT, Wed August 6, 2014
Support no longer offered as Sony transitions to content for PlayStation Vita, Vita TV
Sony announced today that it would no longer be supporting PlayStation Mobile for Android going forward. In a statement on the PlayStation Japan website, Sony outlined that support for the program ends with Android version 4.4.2 (KitKat). Users that haven't updated to Android versions past 4.4.2 will still be able to access the PlayStation store, play games and re-download titles.
PlayStation Mobile, which launched in 2012, was limited to only a handful of devices that were PlayStation Certified by the company. The majority of the devices supported were manufactured by Sony, but a few from HTC, Fujitsu, Alcatel, Sharp and the Wikipad 7 were supported. The focus of the program indie games and cross-platform development, but it also allowed Sony to release PlayStation classics to another audience.
News of the change was first reported on by The Verge, indicating that Sony is stepping away from the mobile endeavor to focus on its development for the PlayStation Vita and Vita TV. The company believes that it is better off building content around the Vita, not only for the consumer base it has built but for developers as well. It seems that Sony recognized there was a better following for the Vita compared the one it achieved through the PlayStation Mobile program, or perhaps sales of the app and attendant games was disappointing on the Android platform.
How the program continues its operation on Android devices depends on the version of the operating system installed. From version 4.4.2 and down, content and use will remain the same. Upgrading could mean that store access and the ability to re-download items is hindered, since the official support was dropped. Sony suggests that users with problems contact the device manufacturer for help.
There is also a chance that games won't play properly in the updated versions. The problems could extend to Android L when it's released as well. For now, Sony says that there will be no store access or downloads in the new Android version. Sony adds it has no plans to grant the PlayStation Certified title in the future.