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Microsoft Releases 'Xbox SmartGlass' for iPhone and iPad

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Microsoft has released an upgrade to its Xbox Live app, changing the name to Xbox SmartGlass and dramatically expanding its functionality. Microsoft announced SmartGlass earlier this year, aiming to turn a mobile phone or tablet into a second screen to compliment Xbox content.

It allows Xbox owners to remotely control their media, navigate through the Xbox dashboard, and more -- including the ability to use the iPhone's keyboard to type messages on the Xbox. SmartGlass has deeper functionality as well:
More exciting than this beefed-up interaction with the Xbox Live service itself is that Xbox SmartGlass is also "smart" enough to recognize when you're playing certain Xbox 360 games that offer additional content, and will display said content on your iOS device giving you that "second screen" enhanced experience that seems to be all the buzz as of late.

Xbox SmartGlass is a free download for iPhone and iPad. [Direct Link]

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Posted: 22 months ago
Navigating to porn sites through the Xbox is so much easier now.
Rating: 11 Votes
Posted: 22 months ago

There's a product name that's begging to be played with.


Don't be such a SmartGlass.

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From the looks of it, Microsoft is doing AirPlay better than Apple.
Rating: 11 Votes
Posted: 22 months ago
Not sized to the iPhone 5... really, Microsoft?:rolleyes:
Rating: 10 Votes
Posted: 22 months ago
There's a product name that's begging to be played with.
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 22 months ago
"SmartGlass" would've been a cool name for their Surface tablet.
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 22 months ago
I tried it last night. It's kind of just a glorified remote control for the Xbox. Reminds me of using the Apple Remote app on my Apple TV.

HOWEVER, I will give MS a kudos for actually designing a good app. It is annoying that it is not sized to the iPhone 5 screen, but on the iPad, it looks, feels, and even sounds excellent. This is how apps should be made. Nice and simple, responsive, clean.
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 22 months ago
So glad you can use your iPhone/iPad to type messages on Xbox, hate using the on screen keyboard on the Xbox - just takes way longer than it should to type something.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 22 months ago
If only Sony woul take a cue on this one...
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 22 months ago
If this would work on my 17" MBP......for me personally would be the killer app to compliment my 360. I love my 360 and it's a key part of my entertainment center.

BTW....Halo4 for FTW...played through first chapter last night with my buddy....friggan awesome....
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 22 months ago
And Nintendo has lost.

Microsoft didn't even need to release a new console, just an app. Kind of funny how easily the threat of the Wii U has been brushed aside.

I expect Nintendo to announce that they're exiting the hardware market and will be focusing exclusively on releasing games. Or maybe they'll be able to strike a deal with Microsoft or Sony allowing them to be an official accessory partner or something (so that Nintendo can continue making their games have new and unique interactions without Nintendo having to make the entire console themselves.)
Rating: 3 Votes

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