Xbox SmartGlass will land on Android in early 2013

by: Simon HillOctober 23, 2012

We’re hearing the term “second screen” a lot nowadays. Companies are vying for your partial attention with a whole host of apps designed to be used on your smartphone or tablet while you watch your main TV. Xbox SmartGlass is Microsoft’s attempt to jump on this bandwagon and it’s coming to Android in the New Year.

It basically hooks into your Xbox 360 so you can use your smartphone or tablet as a remote control and keyboard. That extends to browsing the dashboard for content, surfing the web, and accessing further information on the game you’re playing, the TV show or movie you’re watching, or the music you’re listening to.

As content producers start to see the potential and work to realize it, we’ll also see more interactive content and genuine companion guides. That could be behind-the-scenes commentary on a movie, or a handy extended map for a game. There’s a lot of potential here.

Initially SmartGlass will release with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 in the next few days. It should spread to Android and iOS in early 2013, but it’s not clear if the full range of features will be supported.

You will need Xbox Live Membership to take advantage. You can actually check the Beta out now on your Android smartphone, if you’re interested, but sadly there’s no support for Android tablets just yet.

  • Nojoke99

    Cannot find it anywhere. Did Microsoft remove it?

    • Simon Hill

      I can’t find it either actually, it does mention something about handset compatibility but you’d expect it to support the S3. I’ll email Microsoft and ask them.

  • Denton

    I found it by searching google direct, but it’s not called smart glass in the play store, looks like it’s just the normal xbox live app name etc

    • Holmes108

      I don’t think that’s the smartglass beta. That Xbox live app has been available for months, and has virtually no features.

  • Smarterthanyou

    Hey Simon, if you paid attention 5 days ago, you would have known before you wrote this article that Smart Glass was announced for release October 26th 2012, not in the new year. Please research your article, check your facts, and put the bong down.

  • Got it working on my Kindle Fire HD thanks to these guys

  • Eugene

    So has anyone got SmartGlass working on an S3?