Android Gets Xbox SmartGlass; Handsets Can Aid Users in Video Playback on Console

October 27, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

After a long wait, the Xbox SmartGlass app has hit Android. Compatible with a slew of Android devices, SmartGlass is said to offer a rich and interactive experience in allowing the user to connect with their Xbox content.

At the E3 press conference, Microsoft showed Game of Thrones on an HDTV, while a tablet connected through Xbox SmartGlass showed a map of the land where the action took place. From that day, all techies have been waiting for this to roll out and everyone seems satisfied now.

The app essentially turns its user’s tablet, PC, or phone into a “smart second screen” for their Xbox 360. At launch, Smart Glass will support a number of gaming, sports, and entertainment apps including Dance Central 3, ESPN, HBO GO, and more.

With the app, you will be able to start watching a TV show or movie on your tablet and finish it on your TV through Xbox 360, or vice versa. Users will also be able to see the names of cast and crew members for the movie they are watching, or find related films. For gaming, the second screen capability will let users queue up the next song while playing Dance Central 3.

Or, one can turn their tablet into a “virtual GPS” while playing Forza: Horizon, or see detailed stats when playing Halo 4.

When watching sports through Xbox, the app will let the user follow real-time statistics; get player bios, and highlights they might have missed. Music fans, meanwhile, will be able to find artist bios on their mobile device when listening to music on the Xbox.

As well as being able to navigate their Xbox 360 by means of a simple swipe or tap, one will be able to utilize their device’s keyboard to type on their console which might be a little tricky at the beginning but eventually the quickest way to send messages to friends.  Get it here.

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