Playstation emulator pulled from the Android Market

Apple is infamous for enforcing strict control over their app store, and Google seems to have taken a liking to that sort of control as well by kicking the Playstation emulator PSX4Droid out of the Android Market. Google claims that “We remove apps from Android Market that violate our policies”, although it’s been 8 months since the app was released and other emulator apps haven’t been touched. From a purely technical point of view emulators don’t break any copyright laws either (contrary to popular believes) as the game files needed have to be found elsewhere. Of course emulators help promote piracy like there’s no tomorrow, but you could say the same about being able to use Google to search for pirated material both directly and via torrents. The imminent release of Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play Android phone is likely to be the real cause of this sudden action, as it has an official Playstation emulator (where you pay for games, naturally) that Sony no doubt wants to have be the only Playstation capable phone on the market.

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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