Microsoft Launches Xbox One SmartGlass Companion App For Android


The Xbox One isn’t quite out yet, but those of you planning to pick one up later this week can now download the new companion app for Android in preparation. Gamers can use it to navigate their Xbox One’s user interface, browse the web on their TV, and to turn their smartphone or tablet into a second screen.

“Xbox One SmartGlass is the perfect companion app for your Xbox One, both in your living room and on the go,” Microsoft says. “Connect and control your Xbox One. Stay connected with the games and gamers you like. Add a new dimension to your console entertainment with the mobile device you already own.”

If you’ve already been using Microsoft’s original SmartGlass app for Xbox 360, then this one will be very familiar to you, because it’s largely the same. But it does sport a new design that matches the Xbox One’s new dashboard, and there are some nice new features, including the ability to watch game clips you’ve recorded to your console’s hard drive.

Xbox One SmartGlass is free, and it’s available to download now from Google Play. It works with “most” smartphones running Android 4.0 and above, and most tablets with 7- and 10-inch displays.