Sony Computer Entertainment says it’ll start the full-scale launch of PlayStation Mobile in the autumn.
The service, previously named PlayStation Suite, will bring Sony PlayStation games to a variety of mobile devices. This initial launch will include Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, the UK and the USA.
The latest research from the comScore MobiLens service shows that one in eight European smartphone owners has completed a retail transaction on their mobile phone.
The study, which looked at mobile commerce across France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, noted that 19.5 million smartphone users across these ‘EU5’ countries had accessed retail content, with 75% of them conducting and completing a purchase. That’s over 14.5 million mobile shoppers across Europe.
Research from comScore into mobile gaming behaviour across France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom has shown that 42% of smartphone users across these ‘EU5’ countries claim to have played a game on their device in February 2012.
That’s 46.4 million people; a 55% increase over the past year.
The forthcoming PlayStation Vita gaming device will be supplied with a Vodafone SIM card in selected countries when it launches next February.
A new partnership with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe means that Vodafone will be the ‘preferred provider’ of 3G connectivity for the 3G+WiFi version of the PS Vita in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands.
Samsung Electronics is filing preliminary injunction motions in France and Italy, asking the courts to block the sale of Apple’s iPhone 4S.
It claims two patents involving 3G Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) standards are infringed by the new Apple device.