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Microsoft Releases Xbox SmartGlass App for Android

On Friday Microsoft officially launched Xbox SmartGlass for Android, as seen here on Google Play. The app requires Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" or later, and a device with a WVGA screen resolution or higher. It's unsurprisingly not compatible with Google's own Nexus 7 tablet (which currently resides at 4.1.2 "Jelly Bean") at this time.

In using the Xbox SmartGlass app, Android device owners can navigate their Xbox 360 console with merely a swipe and a tap on their device's screen. Users can even access the virtual keyboard to type messages to the entertainment system. Even more, after consumers update their console with Internet Explorer, they can use their smartphone to zoom in and out of web pages and images, and type in URLs and search queries.

The new Xbox Smartglass app also lets Android device owners play, pause, fast forward, rewind, and stop videos and music on the Xbox 360. Additional functions include searching the Xbox catalog for music, video and games, track and compare achievements, change the 3D avatar, message Xbox friends and more.

"Xbox SmartGlass lets your phone work with your Xbox 360 console to bring rich, interactive experiences and unique content about what you’re watching or playing, right to the device that’s already in your hand," the listing reads. "Interact with your favorite TV shows, movies, music, sports, and games, and bring remote control to a whole new level."

So far user reviews are overall positive although several are complaining that the app isn't available on the Nexus 7 (cough). "Finally an app I can actually use WITH my Xbox!!! Smooth interface, simple gestures, and very easy to use. I'm actually impressed with Microsoft on this one," one reviewer wrote.

To download and install Xbox Smartglass on your Android 4.0 device, head over to Google Play here. Don't forget: you need to upgrade the Xbox 360 first.

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  • fuzzion
    When i read the words smartglass i thought it was some sort of VR google style glass.
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  • Marco925
    Yet they still won't Release windows live messenger for Android. Though it's on the iPhone. Is Steve ballmer sleeping with steve jobs?
    Reply
  • Shin-san
    I wonder why it requires ICS. Usually Android app versions are picked at the lowest level nowadays starting from 2.1-2.2 unless you need some feature from a latter version
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  • damianrobertjones
    Marco925Yet they still won't Release windows live messenger for Android. Though it's on the iPhone. Is Steve ballmer sleeping with steve jobs?
    Way to add something negative to a positive thing
    Reply
  • fpoon
    Right, this used to be a feature only WP7 had. Great choice in doing this, Microsoft. Now there's one less reason to buy a Windows Phone.
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  • madooo12
    Marco925Yet they still won't Release windows live messenger for Android. Though it's on the iPhone. Is Steve ballmer sleeping with steve jobs?you can't sleep with a dead guy, and I'm sure MS will release it

    BTW google hasn't released goggles for windows phone
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  • madooo12
    fpoonRight, this used to be a feature only WP7 had. Great choice in doing this, Microsoft. Now there's one less reason to buy a Windows Phone.you're kidding right, this shows MS cares for it's consumers and that it's relationship with google is getting better, makes buying a WP more appealing
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  • snowzsan
    madooo12you're kidding right, this shows MS cares for it's consumers and that it's relationship with google is getting better, makes buying a WP more appealing
    Don't bother explaining it. It's business sense vs. MINE MINE MINE sense. This is a fight you won't win.
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  • I was really looking forward to this, then I saw Android 4.0 only... lame. Another feature I won't be using.
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  • john_4
    Take your freaking crapbox and shove it where the freaking sun don't shine.
    Reply