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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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Samsung Files Counterclaim Against Microsoft Over Patent Licensing Lawsuit

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Back during the summer the newest legal battles involving Samsung started to arise, as Microsoft began the process to take Samsung to court over the issue of not paying royalty fees to the company due to licensing. Samsung proclaimed that they didn’t owe any money for licensing fees over those patents that Microsoft owned which Microsoft felt was not OK. The original filing of the lawsuit appeared in early 2014, as Microsoft was seeking a payment for the nearly $6.9 million in interest on those royalties that Samsung apparently still hadn’t paid, as they had allegedly stopped paying Microsoft for licensing fees since September of last year. The interest was part of a massive $1 Billion collaboration deal between Samsung and Microsoft as part of Samsung’s manufacturing Windows phones, and those court battles are starting to gain momentum as both Samsung and Microsoft have filed counterclaims to each others original filings on the lawsuit.

Today, Reuters reports that Samsung has recently filed a counterclaim basically asking the court for a declaration to terminate the agreement between them and Microsoft over licensing fees and the alleged interest amount that is still owed. Samsung’s argument is that once Microsoft had acquired Nokia’s hardware business and a large number of their patents, they became a direct competitor to Samsung in the hardware sector, something that wasn’t previously the case since Microsoft wasn’t actually manufacturing their own hardware. Because of the Nokia acquisition, Samsung claims that continuing to share sensitive information with Microsoft as part of the original agreement would have created issues with U.S. anti-trust laws and Samsung is weary of any continuity of the agreement for fear of being slapped with collusion charges.

Microsoft has also filed their own counterclaim with an amended complaint of the original suit filing, stating that regardless of their acquiring Nokia’s hardware division, Samsung should now be allowed to “unilaterally kill” the patent-licensing agreement between the two of them. Gaining the ability and rights from the courts decision to stop the agreement if they so chose could gain Samsung more authority in the matter between them and Microsoft and allow for them to renegotiate terms. Microsoft states however that despite Samsung’s arguments, they feel they have a really strong case.