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Official PlayStation app coming to iPhone, Android

PlayStation's European blog announces a new PlayStation app for iPhone and Android-based devices. The app will be offered in Europe; there's no word on a U.S. launch just yet.

Sony's Official PlayStation App running on the iPhone 4.
Sony's Official PlayStation App running on the iPhone 4. Sony

Sony has unveiled a PlayStation app for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android-based devices.

The product, appropriately dubbed the Official PlayStation App, will enable people to access the PlayStation Network to see their trophies and check on their friends' status, as well as see news related to Sony's gaming ecosystem. The app will also include a social feature for users to share information on Facebook, Twitter, or through e-mail. There was no mention of gameplay in the announcement, which surfaced on PlayStation's European blog.

The free app will be available to those running iOS 4 or Android 1.6 and higher.

Sony didn't offer a release date on the app but did say it will be initially available in the U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands. A U.S. launch was not mentioned, and a company representative did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Sony isn't alone in trying to capitalize on the mobile space.

Xbox Live functionality is available on Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform. The app allows people to communicate with their Xbox Live friends, as well as play titles on their devices. Along the way, gamers can earn achievements and improve their Gamerscore from their smartphones.