With Google’s Pixel phones currently running Android 12 and Samsung starting to roll out the Galaxy S21 series, it’s time for developers and apps to take advantage of the OS’s new APIs to improve user experience on PlayStation (PS). Sony has released an update for Android 12 users of the PS Remote Play software that adds new DualShock 4 features and allows pairing with the PS5’s DualSense controller.
In Remote Play, if you have the DualShock 4 controller and your smartphone has been upgraded to Android 12, you’ll be able to use features like the motion sensor, rumble, battery indicator, and touchpad. While the DualShock 4 controller can be used with any Android 10 or newer device, these capabilities will only be available on devices running the most recent version of Android.
The DualSense wireless controller for PlayStation 5 can now be paired with your Android 12 phone for Remote Play or used in supported games. While Sony only states that the controller is compatible with the most recent version of Android, you may use it with an Android 11 handset as well. Advanced features like the touchpad, rumble support, independent control of the left and right actuators, and LEDs, on the other hand, will not work with Android 11.
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The PS Remote Play app allows you to stream and play PS4 and PS5 games directly from your Android smartphone or tablet. It works over both mobile data and Wi-Fi, albeit, for the optimum results, a 15Mbps connection is required.
Sony has taken its time introducing official compatibility for the DualSense controller to Android. In comparison, it was added to iPhones and iPads with the release of iOS 14.5 in May of this year. The reason for the delay is that the kernel modifications for DualSense support supplied by Sony engineers were only merged in Linux 5.12 in the middle of this year. This was then moved to Android 12, which explains why the controller has yet to receive official support in the OS.
The update is now rolling out on the Play Store, however, the APK can be downloaded through APK Mirror.