Xbox One SmartGlass
By Microsoft Corporation
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Xbox One SmartGlass is the perfect companion app for your Xbox One, both in your living room and on the go. Connect and control your Xbox One. Stay connected with the games and gamers you like. And add a new dimension to your console entertainment with the mobile device you already own.
In the living room:
• Navigate your Xbox One console using your device’s keyboard and touch
• Control your media and set top box with the SmartGlass remote control
• Browse the web on your TV using your mobile device
• Enhance what you are watching or playing with SmartGlass companions
• Increase performance with faster connections and reliability
In the living room and on the go:
• Search, browse, and pin content to play on your Xbox One console
• Track achievements, get game help, message friends, and watch game clips
What's New in Version 2.10.3
Stream live TV from a Xbox One Digital TV Tuner (Australia)
OneGuide available in new markets (Australia, Netherlands)
Could be improved
I love the idea of the smart glass, but anybody who can see the true potential for this app will agree that this app could be improved. For example: the need to launch "my games and apps" to find apps I use all the time is frustratingly annoying, when a pinning option, such as on the One, would make everything that much easier. That's just one thing though. Why not give us an option to... I don't know... search installed apps and games and then select whatever option we want, such as launching companion mode? If you just start thinking about what could be done, it is extremely easy to see what can be done to improve this app, such as those two things I suggested which I strongly feel it is lacking. Ranting a bit aside, this app is great. What's a better media remote than a tablet or phone? Nothing, really, which is another point for this app. Another thing I love? That this app isn't based just on being used with the XB1, but also as a way to expand the Xbox experience altogether, and connect with friends. This app is already great... it's just a shame that they haven't made it as awesome as it still could become :/
I use the connect for some very general things like powering it on and raising and lowering the volume and large increments when needed, but more complex tasks are very easily carried out with this app.
It would be really cool if you could use the app to play the audio from the device like headphones do from the controller. That would be VERY valuable.
This applies to the Xbox one as much as it does this app. If you get a game invite, this app should tell you. At the moment to my knowledge it does not. And two, on the Xbox one it needs to have some notifications, at least game invites stay on the screen until dismissed. I periodically walk away from the TV and get invited to a game, come back to the TV and don't know it because the notification has disappeared. When the Xbox is on there is most likely a controller with buttons on it on as well. It would be easy to have a "press B to dismiss notification" feature coupled with the ability to leave the system as it is.
I got more good ideas, but then you have to pay for them.
Great idea, could use improvements
Works great, could offer stay connected functionality so it doesn't have to connect every time, in the near term removing the green connected banner and making the connect button green/yellow/red would be more intuitive and less intrusive than telling me at the top and bottom of the screen would be a great compromise, offer the ability to open apps natively from the app rather than opening the app on the Xbox, integration with Xbox music and video similar but more integrated like they did with the store would be great so you could play directly from the app which technically would add bloat which I am normally against but think it could do wonders here and finally upon connection make it contextual, it nothing is running on the Xbox start at the home screen, if a media app is playing, go straight to the remote, if store/video/music is open go to search. In my opinion all of these would make this already great app spectacular!
- Category: Entertainment
- Updated: Mar 10, 2015
- Version: 2.10.3
- Size: 18.6 MB
- Languages: English, Bokmål, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
- Seller: Microsoft Corporation
- © 2014 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.