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The big next-generation game console releases are just days away, and Sony is getting ready with a major update to the PlayStation Android app. Just as Sony promised, the app will plug into the PS4 and all Sony's associated online services. You'll need a PS4 to take full advantage of the app, but it seems like it'll be much more useful in the PlayStation 4 era.

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The changelog for this update is hilariously uninformative – it only says "This application has been updated." Thanks, Sony. However, the app should have integration with Sony's chat system, PlayStation Store access (for buying stuff), pushing games to the console, and second screen features in some games and apps. So, you'll be able to buy a game, have it remotely installed on the console, and tell your friends all about it from the app. Truly, we live in the future. The UI has also been updated to fit with the PS4.

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Sony's console hits retail November 15th in the US and November 29th in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Hopefully the app will tide you over until then.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Got the app. Now all I need is a PS4.

    • RockAndRock

      No APK?

      • epsiblivion

        you wouldn't download a PS4!

      • Kaero

        It's on the Play Store, just click the green Install button on the Playboard widget to be taken to it!

        • SeedzChick69

          It's not available in my country.

    • Kaero

      I too downloaded the app. They could slap an initial log in button/screen on as it's not blatantly obvious but trying to do stuff prompts you to log in so it's not that big of an issue. I went and pestered on of my friends to see if the messaging feature works as of yet and it appears to. Huzzah!

      • Primalxconvoy

        What messaging system? I didnt see it.

    • nebula

      Pre-orderd my ps4 in june. So that's done. But the app isn't available in Germany for now, or they just don't support the nexus line(gnex,4,5,7).

      • Martin

        It also isn't available in Austria (or it's just not compatible with my Galaxy S2)

      • Steph Chi

        Same thing in France. No way for N7, TF700, ...

      • ビッググリーン

        im using it on my nexus 5

    • Mick

      Broadcasting your game stream is a killer feature. Pretty sure it's on the long list of thing the Xbone doesn't do (along with 1080p60FPS)

  • qwertzz

    Have to wait until the 29th :(. Was looking forward to trying it too.

    • NinoBr0wn

      I'm sure you can get the apk.

  • DaniJaan

    Here is the apk for the app.
    https://app.box.com/s/2bmtlwj069li0v3lqthn

    • curtis

      Thanks for the APK, it works perfectly.

  • ganyou

    wow, my god. many people choose this Galaxy S4, they say: it looks like a sport car. very interesting, isn't it? see: http://tinyurl.com/mb2n6ow

    I think it is a good choice! I am sure it is the cheapest one in the world

  • bat0nas

    Can't install into my Galaxy Nexus. Hate this...

    • MLBaylor

      it installed to mine just fine so i dont know what you are talking about

      • bat0nas

        I am getting an error that this is not compatible with all my devices (including Galaxy Nexus).

        • MLBaylor

          Hmm, mine is GSM version, is yours CDMA/branded?

          • bat0nas

            Mine is also GSM and I live in EU.

          • MLBaylor

            to be more specific mine is identified by the play store as "T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Nexus" and I live in the US. Im mostly a noob, but I hear it might be possible to change your build.prop and have the phone identify itself otherwise.

          • bat0nas

            Thanks.. I will look at build.prop. Mine is "Omnitel Samsung Galaxy Nexus" (where Omnitel is mobile operator here in LT).
            Anyway.. PS4 app could be region locked because Sony are planning PSN for Lithuania only in 2014. So.. officially nobody should have PS4s in LT :D :D

          • MLBaylor

            Ah yeah. Also to give more detail mine was originally bought unlocked from the UK but i have since flashed it to takju from yakju so its now the US play store version of the phone. Anyway GL!

  • http://www.funbookes.com/ www.funbookes.com

    Got the app. Now all I need is a PS4...................hahahahahhaa

  • mark

    Can't wait to pick up my ps4, is the only true next gen console

    • NinoBr0wn

      Please don't.

    • John Smith

      I concur

  • NoBullet

    "use your mobile device as an on-screen keyboard for your PS4™ system."

    This is cool

  • http://www.facebook.com/tony.damiani.pr Tony Damiani

    Got the App. Runs smoothly. For now.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/psychomaniac189 psychomaniac189

    So the app just opens a browser to use the store? Lame!

    • http://www.facebook.com/tony.damiani.pr Tony Damiani

      Well It works fine. I bought something already through it and the checkout and downloading on to my PS3 was fast! I can't Imagine opening the PS Store on my phone. I think it will take a LOT of memory. I don't know... o.o

  • Rucknrun

    If this app only worked on any of my devices that would be awesome.

  • Diogo

    It is not available on the apple app store australia :(

  • Primalxconvoy

    It's not available at the Google Play shop in Japan, Sony's homeland, so I sideloaded it. Nothing much to see, really. Nothing that a bookmark to the PS Blog and Online store website haven't got. There is no real PSN functions in it (searching for games based upon price, etc) and no way to message your psn friends. The 'privacy setting' was just a message telling me of all of the rights that i have given away to Sony.

    • ビッググリーン

      you are rong it does have messaging capability

      • Primalxconvoy

        I've read that too. How do i do it?

        • ビッググリーン

          You just have to click friends then select the friend you would like to message

          • Primalxconvoy

            Cheers. I'll try it.

  • david

    I wanna play online and it says "not available in your region or Country" what do I have to do?

  • Edvard CrownClown Tumas

    My samsung Galaxy S2 apperantly isnt compatible with it.