Microsoft's SmartGlass app will let you control your Xbox 360 from your Android device

Microsoft's SmartGlass app will let you control your Xbox 360 from your Android device
Microsoft's SmartGlass is a product that will probably become a staple of platforms, especially game consoles, as we move forward. The idea is partially for your mobile device to be something of a remote control for your system, but it goes well beyond that. And, to make things better, Microsoft isn't keeping it proprietary, and has just released the Xbox SmartGlass app for Android devices.

On the basic level, the SmartGlass app will let you control media playback on your Xbox via your Android device. It will also let you navigate the Xbox dashboard, search for content, browse the Internet, track achievements, and message Xbox friends. That alone would be pretty solid functionality, but in the future, there are plans which will allow SmartGlass to bring more interactive functionality to your mobile device like second-screen gameplay, and getting more info about the actors in the scene of whatever movie you are watching. In this respect, it sounds something like the Wii U tablet controller, except that any Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, or Android device will be able to be used. 

Well, not every Android device. The app requires Android 4.0 or higher, so you'll need to be at least on Ice Cream Sandwich to get the goods, and it isn't currently available for Android tablets. It seems likely that will change over time though. 

So, if you're an Xbox 360 user, you'll definitely want to give this a shot. The Xbox SmartGlass app is available for free in the Google Play Store.

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24 Comments

1. santijosanchez

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 04, 2012

Nice!

15. wp8forever unregistered

That's what I love about Microsoft that's why they setting in 66 billion cash they support everyone even the competition and is always willing to work with them, Google should learn and start really Google apps for windows phone and stop being scared.

17. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Well.....I dont think MS needs any Google apps. MS has Nokia Maps, they have Bing, they have Office Live maybe....they have Hotmail... Apple doesnt really have any of that. And we all see whats happening with Apple maps..

23. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Maybe it didn't occur to you that M$ need Android users more then Google need Microsoft apps. I mean really!!! It's more likely that more Android users have Xbox's as WP users put together. Get real "wp8forever".

2. nando2do

Posts: 53; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

its actually pretty amazing im using it right now while typing this on my razr maxx and it feels pretty cool

22. Brewski

Posts: 710; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Works pretty well on my Razr Maxx HD too!

3. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

needs to be ICS = :(

25. KuDoTa

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 28, 2012

Yeah, I've upgraded my phone to ICS via CM 9 but G.Play still recognizes my phone /Huawei Ideos U8150/ as a Froyo device! :( x 10

4. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

this is the best. these are the kind of releases that's gonna make me think less about going to Windows Phone.

10. meowcenary

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

you can use your WP phone to navigate the xbox 360 UI. *shrugs* I see no purpose in using a mobile device or tablet to manipulate the 360's UI. Until there is a holodeck a controller would still be the choice of navigation, unless you use a PC for gaming then mouse, keyboard, or joystick.

13. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i know that. of course you can with a Windows Phone but now that you can do the same thing on Android it makes getting a Windows Phone a little less enticing and that's happening little by little all the time. do you have a 360? i've had the latest dashboard update with Internet Explorer for months now because i did the Beta Program for Microsoft and while i thought the browser was quite smooth and responsive navigating it with a Controller left something to be desired and Kinect didn't help much, especially with it's limited voice functionality in that particular app. my mouse and keyboard worked but it was a pain in the ass to unplug the nano transmitters for them out of my Xbox all the time so Smartglass is perfect. IE might be used more by me now. then there's the matter of being able to find things quicker in Smartglass than on the Xbox itself. yeah, there's pins now but if i want to do something while i'm in a game or deep within an app i can just push whatever i want to start with Smartglass. there's practical implementation here.

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I've had the beta since it came out too! Big improvement. +1.

18. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I agree. Like porting Office to Android and the iOS? Maybe they will hold key features out and have them only for Windows versions. But, they have always did this. I would think if they want WP to start gaining market share and popularity, they would keep something like this for themselves.

21. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

Exactly what I was thinking. XBOX functionality was one of the draws for WP8. Now I can get the same from Android, not so much... Now I can upgrade from my SGSIII to a Galaxy Note II! If I can get permission from my wife ;-)

5. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Now this is awesome.

6. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Great work microsoft, you support android while google doesnt give a s**t about windows phone, great work...

7. DaNTRoN

Posts: 135; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

This is really cool. I like the idea of innovation without restriction, regarding ecosystem. I wonder if iOS will get this app?

8. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i bet it'll be soon if it isn't already and just hasn't been reported. i'd check back often for the next few days.

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Just downloaded it. Works like a charm on my 360. :)

11. infinitemethod

Posts: 151; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

I'm a fan of those. Well played all around.

12. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

very nice. kudos to microsoft

14. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Good job microsoft! Now there would be more options for me as an xbox user rather than just using kinect and the controller.

19. husfus

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

Come on google! Bring your blessings to windows phone.

24. crysiswarmonger

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

posting from my SmartGlaas on phone via internet explorer on my Xbox. I love android and google resources. I hope that MS keeps features consistent for all OS' using this app. I use a lot of MS products and love them for the most part. I hear the MS juggernaut coming though.

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