Sony announces Playstation app for Android and iOS

December 16, 2010: 5:13 PM ET

The Playstation app doesn't yet play games.

Sony (SNE) today announced that they'd be launching a PlayStation app for Android and iOS.  Sony's upcoming Playstation phone has been leaked on numerous occasions but app brings the possibility that Sony will be virtualizing its gaming platforms for today's two biggest mobile platforms (by mindshare) would be an interesting play.  Sony says it will be available for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and iPod with iOS version 4.0 and above and Google (GOOG) Android version 1.6 and above.

If the app eventually virtualizes the PlayStation, it will be interesting to see if developers keep their games within Sony's ecosystem or if they choose to build them directly on Android and iOS.  Gaming performance and social features will have a huge impact on that decision.

Version 1, Which will only be available in UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and The Netherlands, will allow users to :

Hopefully version 2 will play games and be available in the US.  Screenshots below:

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Google went from searching the Web to worming its way into nearly every facet of business and government. Seth Weintraub unveils where the company is going, who it's competing with, who it's about to compete with and how market forces push the company to veer or adhere to its Don't Be Evil motto. For 15 years, Weintraub was a global IT director for a number of companies before becoming a blogger.

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