Microsoft and Xbox are quick to get Android users ready for the upcoming launch of the Xbox One, much like Sony did for its users with the PlayStation app that we wrote about last week. Yes that's right. Microsoft has already made available for android it's Xbox One Smartglass companion app and the Xbox One isn't even out yet. Is that a bad thing? Absolutely not. In fact, it's actually a very good thing. This means that the moment you get home and unbox your brand new Xbox One you'll be ready to access and take advantage of the features the companion app has to offer you. Although i suspect many people won't be using smartglass the moment they hook up their system but more likely jump right into playing one of the launch titles.The app has been released officially as of today, and is a totally separate app from the one users have been accessing for their Xbox 360 systems. The app will work very much like the one for the older system, but of course have new features that let you take advantage of some of the new features of the Xbox One. As one would expect, the app will let you interact with some games that support second screen functionality, all from your android device. You get a whole new way to interact with the console remotely whether you're at home or on the go. The remote console interaction is really nothing new, but it's great to see Microsoft on the ball and letting the app out before launch.Aside from second screen features for extra game and media interaction, you'll also be able to message friends and stay connected to your friends list when you're away from home, so you can coordinate your evenings Ghosts multiplayer matches(or whatever game you'll be playing with your buddies). You'll also be able to access all your achievements and other Xbox live content such as movies, TV, and other media. Pin content immediately while on the go to play on your Xbox One console later, because lets face it we can't all be sitting at home all day browsing through every game we want to sink our teeth into.The app also serves as a remote control for all your media, so you don't have to pick up your controller. Just sit back and relax and navigate from the comfort of the couch with your Android device. You can also get game help and watch game DVR clips, and what would the smart glass app be without full console menu navigation with your Android device's screen and touch keyboard. All in all this looks to be a pretty solid companion app to the next generation of the Xbox console, and will make for a more enhanced experience for those looking to interact with their new system on all fronts. So.... now that that's over... who's picking up an Xbox One on launch day?
Xbox One Smartglass App For Android Now Available
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