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

25 thoughts on “Xbox SmartGlass Update Arrives on More Android Devices

  1. 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 🙁

      1. 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.

    1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

    1. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

    1. 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…

      1. 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.

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