Xbox SmartGlass for Android available for download in Google Play, ready to control your Xbox 360 consoles

by: Chris SmithOctober 26, 2012

We talked about Microsoft’s Xbox SmartGlass app quite a few times since being made official way back in June. While the app is already pre-loaded on Microsoft Surface tablets, and will be available on various other Windows 8/RT machines, the company will not restrict SmartGlass access to its Windows ecosystem.

Microsoft will support other platforms as well, Android included, and today we have some good news for all Android device owners that also happen to own Xbox 360 console. The Xbox SmartGlass app for Android phones is now available as a free download – a lot earlier that previously rumored – and you can get it right ahead.

Unfortunately, the app is only available for Android smartphones that run Ice Cream Sandwich or higher.

Once installed on the device, the app will let users interact with their Xbox 360 console straight from the handset, with Microsoft expected to add more and more features to this app. Meanwhile, here’s what Xbox SmartGlass will help you do:

  • 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

Have you installed it already?

  • its not there…

    • AJD22

      Its probably filtered if its not supported on your device ( android 4.0 and above )

      • mrkhiggz

        It doesn’t show up on my Nexus 7 running Jelly Bean (4.1.2), but I downloaded the .apk file and it works fine.

    • . I was looking for it just writing smartglass but found nothing so I tried to search “xbox smartglass” and I found it

  • William

    Nothing against Android, but I tried it, and didn’t like it. I’m also not a big fan of the Kinect either. To me, Pressing a button on the controller is easier than what these gimmicks offer. (except for the actual games)

    I also don’t care that much for apps like Siri. Not that there’s anything wrong with it, but doesn’t fit my personality.

    • dthxhx

      Probably, but I like the keyboard functionality. Typing with a controller is troublesome.

  • martin andresen
  • michael c

    im really angry microsoft only launched this on new andriods they said at e3 it will work with the device you all ready own i have an android and because its not a flash new top of the line android I cant enjoy smartglass it sucks balls

  • raindog469

    While Google Play will show you the app on a Samsung tablet running ICS, and let you install it, the app just tells you your device isn’t supported and exits. Guess Microsoft doesn’t know how to use Google Play filters.

  • Tristan.W

    And not available for anyone who cant afford to buy a brand new phone each month. Well done microsoft. Working with the Phone makers?