Xbox SmartGlass hits Android ahead of schedule
MS expels exclusivity
Microsoft published the Xbox SmartGlass app for Android this weekend, giving those on Google's OS access before Windows Phone 8 even hits the market.
The application - launched on Windows RT devices on Friday - was expected to hit Google Play in 2013 after a lengthy period of MS exclusivity.
However, with the release of Windows Phone 8 scheduled early next month, Android users now have a surprising head start over Microsoft's own mobile customer base.
Xbox SmartGlass - which transforms a phone or tablet into a remote control on steroids - navigates the Xbox 360 console with gestures, transfers content between devices and displays additional blurb intended to enhance one's telly activities.
A version for iOS is on the cards too, although the company remains schtum whether that'll also be released so far ahead of schedule.
Droiders… let us know how you get on with Xbox SmartGlass for Android in the comments below. ®
The article is kind of wrong. The app has been released for Windows Phone 7 too - it's not a WP8 exclusive, it's already out for existing WP7 users.
Android 4.1.2 Tab = No workey. Who can be arsed with the side-loading shenanigans? This is a typical Android problem. Yes there are billions of droids on the planet, but any given app will only work on a subset of those devices. Sometimes a very, very small subset (thinking of the Sky Go app).
I know this is all off topic, and I'm sure that the MS app is useful. I just can't see it, that's all. Perhaps this was a ploy to highlight one of Android's failings?
Re: Not compatible
For now, Microsoft is saying no to tablets. Phones only for some reason.