April 12th 2013 10:44 am PT

Xbox SmartGlass Update Arrives on More Android Devices

We’re rolling out an Xbox SmartGlass update to Android devices this week with new features and design updates. The power of companion scenarios continue to come to life in new ways with Xbox SmartGlass, enabling your PC, tablet and smartphone to connect to your Xbox console in an intelligent way.

Highlights include:

Support for 10-Inch Android Tablets– Access Xbox SmartGlass on even larger screens and portrait mode, including 7- and 10-inch tablets running Android 4.x.

Activity Browser Link – Open a web browser from within the Xbox SmartGlass app for even more interactivity.

Expanded Messaging – Xbox LIVE members can now use Xbox SmartGlass to both send and receive messages from their Xbox LIVE friends.

‘Awake’ State – You no longer have to worry about your device going to sleep while running Xbox SmartGlass.

Streamlined Design – New design updates bring a more streamlined, easy-to-use experience to Xbox SmartGlass, including a simplified activity launch screen, removal of excess text and addition of clearer instructions on the controller screen.

The update is available in all markets with Xbox SmartGlass, and can be downloaded from Google Play store today.

Update: The latest SmartGlass update is now also available on Kindle Fire HD in select markets*.
Visit Amazon Appstore to download today.

April 24 Update: An update for iOS was released


*The latest SmartGlass update is available on Amazon Appstore in the following markets: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (South), Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, U.A.E., U.K., U.S.

*Xbox LIVE Gold subscription and/or additional subscriptions/fees may be required and sold separately. Kinect functionality available with select Xbox LIVE content and varies by feature and country. For additional details and availability, see http://www.xbox.com/live.

Xbox Live By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Nathanael

    That’s great news!

    Related: I’m still sad that the SmartGlass experience in Forza Horizon has never worked for me on my iPhone 5. And I can’t seem to find a solution online either :(

    • http://twitter.com/RonzonFumes Wes

      You’re not alone, it doesn’t work on the HTC 8x either. Which is pretty pathetic being that it is a windows phone.

      • Nathanael

        You’re right. That is even more sad and frustrating.

        • http://twitter.com/HotDanceTrax Alex

          I believe that is because it tablet specific. You need to see the whole map, i dont think a iphone 5 4 incher is going to cut it.

          • http://www.facebook.com/AlexAtkinUK Alexander Atkin

            It would easily work on bigger phones though like the Galaxy Note 2, but it doesn’t.

            Also it doesn’t show you whole map anyway, they could easily scale it down to show slightly less and still be useful.

      • http://www.facebook.com/chris.grub.5 Chris Grub

        You literally made me spit coffee on my screen from the laughter endured by this comment.

      • TonyLN

        Doesn’t work on phones, only tablets.

    • TonyLN

      The experience is only available on tablets — it doesn’t support screens smaller than 7″. Which makes scene as trying to program a working version that can be used on a small screen would be very difficult.

  • Nick Peck

    Great sounds good. One day I can get a surface, though I might wait for gen 2 before I spend the money. For now though I’ll use the transformer I got my gf awhile back.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shaynedude Shayne Compton

    Major, any idea when/if the Android app will support the enhanced functionality of SmartGlass?

    • slasaru

      Do you really need it?
      I admit, the idea is good, but now this app is next to useless

  • Glenn Urrea

    This is welcome news. Though the Windows 8 app is what I use the most this is still awesome.

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.desi.3 James Desi

    Will it be on Kindle Fire HD

  • http://www.prepaymania.co.uk/mobile-phones/samsung-galaxy-s4.html Lucas Shrek

    Thanks for the updates..

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.grub.5 Chris Grub

    I remember last year when this was announced it was stated I would be able to use this for formation changes/subs in FIFA 13. This wasn’t the case.

  • BostonSup

    Hopefully soon to be on BB10 phones too. I just can’t go back to Android or iOS after using their new OS…. with or without smartglass or Xbox Live app.

    • Fred

      I second this!

  • TonyLN

    So it sounds like you just don’t like technology and having the latest gadgets — so I guess smart glass isn’t for you… Based on your username it sounds like maybe you just don’t like anything except complaining… Also, you can’t run Smart Glass from a Laptop — that functionality that comes with Windows 8 is quite different from the tablet experience.


      I don’t have the time nor the interest to keep up with the latest tech gadgets that the younger generation seems to spend every waking moment on their lives with. Last time I checked I was told I most definitely can run smart glass from a windows 8 laptop. So I’m asking you again to confirm this.. Can I run Smartglass on my windows 8 laptop when I get one?

      Also there is no need for personal attacks, If you don’t like my username, You wouldn’t want to hear me debate with anyone about PSN’s inferiority, that’s for sure. And how exactly are you going to judge me on complaining when my previous post was anything but a complaint?

      So because I choose not to own a smartphone you associate that with not keeping up with tech gadgets? I’ll wait for your reply before I say anything more.

  • http://twitter.com/fcviotto Fernando Coli Viotto

    I think that a good idea would be publishing a list of “smart glass compatible” software/games.

    The only smartglass game I know about is Forza Horizon.
    What do you guys think?

  • jonathan darling

    I use an android phone from walmart any idea when we can get smartglass

  • http://www.facebook.com/rockin.yankee Rockin Yankee

    Does this update address SmartGlass features for Android that are only available for ipad and i phone users? For example..the Map feature in Forza Horizon, or the Halo 4 features? If not, Microsoft needs to stop their petty issues with Google and release these features for the people that pay for their service and products, but dont own or care to own Apple’s products. Psst..the Android audience is LARGER than Apple’s. Look it up.


    Thank you so much for that confirmation Arminator! I would just like to clarify one thing though.. Does the laptop have to be a touch screen? I would imagine it wouldn’t but I’m curious if your friend uses a touch screen on his laptop or just the mouse?

    Thanks man.

    • Arminator

      The laptop is a standard non-touch laptop that was running Windows 7 previously. Touch is not necessary, but the longer you use 8, the more you want to touch it…


        Thank you for the info man, much appreciated! I was thinking of just going out and buying windows 8 since I currently have windows 7. I think It might be worth me looking into now.