Xbox SmartGlass Launches for Windows and Android; iOS Expected to Follow Soon

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Posted October 26th, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Today marked a huge day for Microsoft with the release of Windows 8 and, along with it, Xbox SmartGlass. Currently the SmartGlass app is only available for W8 computers, tablets, and phones and select Android devices through Google Play. Meanwhile those with iOS devices are left waiting but it should be arriving there very soon as well. 

Initially there were some rumors that suggested there would an exclusivity period that Microsoft would enact for their own devices. That looked as though it might be the case when SmartGlass did not launch on iOS or Android this morning. However the Android app became available late this afternoon. The iOS app is believed to have been submitted for approval with the hopes that it would be out today as well.

Currently the following games are offering SmartGlass functionality:  Ascend, Dance Central 3, Forza Horizon, Halo Waypoint, Home Run Stars, Karaoke, Kinect Sesame Street TV, and Prima Games. The app also provides navigation features within the 360 in areas such as the dashboard, Internet Explorer browser, Netflix, ESPN3, and HBO GO.

FIFA 13, Madden NFL 13, and NBA 2K13 have been expected to debut SmartGlass functionality but as of yet EA Sports and 2K Sports have not announced specific details or an expectation for when that connection will be made.

The big appeal of SmartGlass is that many will already have a device that will have the capability to communicate with their Xbox 360. There is no need to go out and buy a peripheral and even produces some of the features found with the upcoming Wii U. Now that it is accessible to many (with iPhones and iPads being added soon) it’ll be interesting to see just how much advantage developers take with their integration and whether it proves to add value for consumers.

  • http://twitter.com/DawsonTwoSeven Ryan Dawson

    Weird that something as popular as the Nexus 7 is currently unsupported.

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      Yeah I find it odd that I was able to get it on my Galaxy Nexus but not my Nexus 7.

      • http://twitter.com/swagkilla_ vance watts

        from the internet.Search for “artglass.apk” click link,download and viola! It works on mine pasta

  • http://twitter.com/nocrad Conrad

    Waiting for the iOS version

  • GCruz79

    Odd considering I’ve used the My XBox Live app on my iPhone to control stuff on the 360 already, how would it not curently be compatible?

    • mcmax3000

      They have to update the My Xbox Live app to support it.

  • mcmax3000

    I tried out the Forza: Horizon support with my laptop running Windows 8 earlier.

    It was neat being able to just click on the map to set my GPS, instead of having to pull up the map in game, and navigate over to where I wanted to go with the joystick, but it wasn’t super compelling, and it wasn’t easier enough that I’ll be making sure I have the app up every time I play, or anything like that.

    The big issue I had was that anytime I switched to another app, then switched back, I had to resync SmartGlass with my console, which, as someone who is often browsing Twitter, or the web during load screens, and other downtime in the game, was really annoying.

    I’m most interested in seeing how it works with the UFC on Xbox Live app, since I use that for all of the PPVs, and I always have my iPad with me during the shows.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cush2push Geoff Wightman

    I’m interested in how madden will incorporate it would be nice if you could do custom routes with it

  • MARZ76

    tell the truth its not working good my friend tried it out an its trash needs alot of patches an updastes b4 it works better lol xbl gold only

  • Guest

    absolutely worthless app.

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  • MARZ76

    ITS NOT GOING TO GET BETTER ITS TRASH YA’LL…. FACE IT 2WORDS ITS WORTHLESS. ALL 360 IS DOING IS TRYING MAKE YA’LL 4GET IT DOESNT NEED A 360 HANDHELD DEVISE,BUT THEY WANT U TO BUY DEVISES TO PLAY 360 GAMES ON IT,ITS A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY. XBOX 360 IS TRYING TO SEE HOW FAR THIS WILL GO SO THEY CAN TRY NONDISC GAMES IN THERE NEXT CONSOLE. THEY’LL SAY IF U LIKE THIS TRY OUT ARE DIGITAL STEAM GAMES
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    • http://www.facebook.com/rick.simms.3 Rick Simms

      What are you talking about and why is it in all caps?

  • http://www.facebook.com/rick.simms.3 Rick Simms

    Any word on an iPad release date?

  • Ryan

    It isn’t called smartglass for IOS. It’s called my Xbox live. If you go on microsofts website under installing smartglass for IOS it takes you to the my Xbox live installation.

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