While Microsoft released their latest operating system, Windows 8, last week, some accompanying Xbox features were only made available to users who had Windows 8 tablets or phones. But Microsoft has now released their Xbox SmartGlass app for Android users as well – only a couple of days after the release of the latest Xbox dashboard.
The release for Android phones is well ahead of the speculated release date by industry analyst, which pegged the release at early next year. SmartGlass allows users to perform various functions on their Xbox through the SmartGlass app, such as controlling video playback and watching addition gaming content on the extra screen.
But not all Android users will be able to make use of the new Xbox functionality. “The interface is strikingly similar to past releases (including Android) and still demands at least an 800 x 480 screen for admission,” wrote Engadget. The app will also only work on Android 4.0 devices.
The full list of features include:
* Navigate your Xbox 360 with swipe and tap
* Use your phone’s keyboard to type to your Xbox 360
* Browse the Internet on your Xbox 360 with full keyboard and zooming
* Play, pause, fast forward, rewind, and stop videos and music on your Xbox 360
* Search the full Xbox catalog of music, video, and games
* Enjoy rich, interactive experiences from select game and entertainment content creators
* Track and compare your achievements with your Xbox friends
* Change up your 3D avatar
* Message your Xbox friends
* Edit your Xbox profile
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor