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Sony Xperia Z2 gets PS4 Remote Play, hi-res audio in Android device updates this week

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Android software updates are nice, but it’s even better when an upgrade turns your device into a remote PlayStation 4 screen. The Sony Xperia Z2 and Z2 tablet join the Z3 in letting you blast aliens or score touchdowns by connecting a PS4 controller.

Each week we gather up all the major software updates for the biggest devices; phones and tablets on U.S. carriers (and unlocked phones, of course), wearables, and round them all up so you don’t miss a thing.

Making sure your device installs the latest software is a good housekeeping practice, ensuring you have the latest features, close security holes, and squash those pesky bugs.

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Xperia Z2, Z2 tablet: It’s a pretty massive update overall, bringing not only the Playstation gaming tools but many other Sony-specific features, all wrapped up in an Android 4.4.4 KitKat package.

With Remote Play, you can play nearly any game from your PS4 console with a supported mobile device when pairing it with a PlayStation DualShock 4 or DualShock 3 controller. The PS4 is essentially using screen mirroring to let you do this, which is a clever feature Sony can leverage as it tries to get astronger foothold in the U.S. market.

Sony’s update also includes “Hi-Res” audio support, which is supposed to step up audio quality. The devices also now talk to Sony’s SmartBand and SmartWatch wearables. You’ll also get several proprietary Sony apps and software tweaks.

Nvidia

Shield Portable: Nvidia hasn’t forgotten about its original portable gaming device. Upgrade version 99 fixes some battery issues and squashes several bugs, hopefully creating less hiccups for your gaming sessions.

The official changelog from Nvidia details the following:

  • Improves battery drain when Shield portable lid is closed
  • Updates the latest Shield hub app available on Google Play Store
  • Fixes a bug that does not allow videos to be played from Facebook, using Browser or Chrome, or on the YouTube app
  • Fixes a bug to enable support for 4K content in Console Mode

Shield Tablet: Usually we stick to updates here instead of promises, but we like the Shield Tablet so much it’s worth mentioning this one: Nvidia is promising it will get Android Lollipop this month, posting a video that teases how it will look and perform.

OnePlus

One: If you’re one of the half-million to snag a OnePlus One, be on the lookout for update 44S. It’s pegged to fix some issues with the touchscreen, WiFi, memory, and other irritations. That’s not all, as OnePlus reports the following are part of the 90MB file:

  • Resolved SSLv3 POODLE security issue
  • Updated touchscreen firmware
  • Fixed issues with memory causing screen artifacts
  • Fixed issues with random reboots and instability
  • Fixed issues with WiFi and modem crashes
  • Fixed issues with Filesystem
  • Fixed issues with “black bar” (a row lf black or corrupted pixels)
  • Fixed issues with persist partition corruption
  • Fixed issues with AT&T VoLTE
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How to Enable Hotspot on Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry

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We wrote about easy ways to turn your laptop into a Wi-Fi hotspot earlier, and some readers asked us how to turn their smartphones into a hotspot. As it turns out, it’s much simpler than turning your laptop into a hotspot and all mobile operating systems come with one-click methods of doing this very easily.

However, some telecom operators may not allow you to create a hotspot. They might restrict it if you are on a plan that allows high data usage or they may not enable this feature unless requested. So if you don’t see these options, try getting in touch with your operator.

Here’s how to turn your phone or tablet into a Wi-Fi hotspot.

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Here’s how to share your mobile Internet connection on iOS devices – will work for both iPhone and iPad.

1. Go to Settings > Personal Hotspot > On.

2. Enter a password.

3. Now you’ll see a Wi-Fi network on other devices, which you can connect to easily.

4. The name of this Wi-Fi network is the name of your phone. You can change it by going to Settings > General > About > Name.

5. By default, iOS devices use the fairly secure WPA2-PSK encryption on Wi-Fi hotspots.