It’s Sunday, the time of the week when Talk Android brings you a report on some of the very best applications we’ve been using over the course of the past seven days. Today we’re focusing our attention on an ultra-reliable media player, a fantastic food ordering service, a useful movie referencing app and a great tool for anyone who has use of a PlayStation 4.
The company posted an operating profit of $780 million for the second quarter of 2015, with an overall revenue of $14.5 billion. Sony’s image sensor division had a fantastic year, bringing in $249 million, while its music portion made $260 million. The gaming division of Sony focused around its PlayStation consoles grew to $160 million. Mobile phones and tablets didn’t look so hot, though, with an operating loss of $188 million. Read more
This summer, Sony will close its mobile gaming platform after more than three years of service. The company launched PlayStation Mobile as a platform to deliver high quality games to certified mobile devices; however, it never really caught on despite partnerships with multiple companies such as HTC. The decision to stop certifying devices last year hinted at PlayStation Mobile’s true fate.
Last month we showed you a Gameboy emulator that runs on Android Wear smartwatches, and today we have some more exciting news for classic game enthusiasts. A two minute clip from Youtube user “EpicLPer” shows an Android Wear smartwatch running a PlayStation emulator playing the game Croc. The emulator is called ePSXe, and seems to play pretty well on LG G Watch’s Snapdragon 400 processor.
It’s a pretty small screen to be playing a game that was meant for televisions, but it’s an incredibly portable way to play your favorite games if you’re feeling nostalgic. You can check out EpicLPer’s video past the break.
Source: Cult of Android
Sony is ending its attempt to bring its wildly successful console gaming brand to Android devices. PlayStation Mobile, which launched in 2012, was a hub that allowed high quality games to be accessible for PlayStation Certified devices. That certification will no longer be handed out to any future devices. Sony is keeping the service running smoothly on such devices running Android 4.4.2 and below; however, anything with Android 4.4.3 and up are being left in the dark. With future versions of Android, there are no guarantees that PlayStation Mobile will continue to operate correctly with software updates.
Source: Sony Japan
The PlayStation Store for PlayStation Mobile is expanding to nine new countries soon. Sony announced that beginning on December 18 of this year, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and New Zealand will have access to the store. In addition, these nine countries will also have support for the PSM Developer Program as of December 5.
These new countries are in addition to Japan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Australia, which are already supported, bringing the total number of regions supported to 18.
Source: Xperia Blog
With their new gaming console being released on Friday, Sony has released a brand new PlayStation app in the Play Store. The app’s interface is nearly identical to that of the PlayStation 4 with its blue background and transparent boxes with content. And rightfully so, there is a ton of content to be toyed with. Hit the break for details and download links. Read more
We received news that Sony would be releasing its PlayStation app in November alongside the PS4 a few weeks ago, and today, Sony detailed the app for us, explaining the ins and outs.
The app will have many features that will actually allow you to interact with what’s going on on your PS4.
It will allow users to send invites to multiplayer games, purchase and remotely download games from the PlayStation Network, and send voice/text messages to users on the PS4.
There will also be a “compare trophies” feature, the ability to see what your friends are up to, and access PlayStation Blog news.
While currently only available in Europe (oddly enough?), PlayStation has released their All-Stars Island game in Google’s Play Store for Android devices. From the looks of it, you and several of Sony’s popular characters such as Nathan Drake and Sackboy are pinned in an Island in this adventure style game play. More characters from other of Sony’s popular games will be incorporated in the near future.
Hopefully this game will be available in the US and other countries in the near future.