Xbox SmartGlass

Looking to extend your Xbox to your Android smartphone? It's now possible, with today's release of Xbox SmartGlass for Android. (Never mind that Microsoft itself said it wasn't coming until 2013.)

In a nutshell, the app connects your Android smartphone to your Xbox live account. From there, you can expand Xbox content onto your phone, control the console, or even browse the Internet, though your phone certainly can do that well enough on its own.

The release of SmartGlass (which also is available on Windows 8) is part of Microsoft's slightly ridiculous (but equally impressive) launch of Windows 8, and coming soon, Windows Phone 8.

Here's to hoping we see Xbox music hit Android sooner than expected, too.

There are 45 comments

greenlink says:

no tablet support :(

IceDree says:


kdo23 says:

I used titanium to mail my self a copy from my galaxy nexus to my n7. Works fine all you need to do is wait for an apk to be posted somewhere or do it yourself like I did. Unfortunately you need a phone with ICS or above to download the app first since it is a 4.x above app.

IceDree says:

Thanks !
I'll download it to my father's Note II & mail to my XOOM & see how it goes

milesmcever says:

What he said, but I used ES file explorer and just shared it to my Google drive and installed it from there but it is working currently on my nexus 7 with no problems.

IceDree says:

A quick heads up : requires Android 4.0 & up

Its NOT Compatible with my XOOM (4.0.4) or my Atrix (2.3.4) , I guess I'll ride out with My Xbox Live app on my Atrix until I get the 8X :(

Small_law says:

Good on Microsoft for keeping some ubiquity in its ecosystem. Windows 8's lock-in potential scares me.

mwara244 says:

Totally forward thinking on MS for allowing this for most devices to be used on any os, unlike sony which only allows certified devices approved by sony to use playstation, which is like 5 devices for now.

PRyan0417 says:

Not compatible with my T-Mobile G2x. The crazy.

DSaif says:

Putting their Windows UI on Android also

ajac says:

Not compatible with my skyrocket using android 4.1

McPlot says:

LOL, I just updated my Xbox 360 and Galaxy S3 today. I saw the Smartglass video and looked it up on the Play store and it was there. It is kind of cool. It can control the Xbox 360 nicely.

still1 says:

Wish google release a similar app for google Tv rather than just Youtube tv remote app.

This XBox branding confusion is getting worse by the day. So XBox brand refers to entertainment now? Except when it refers to the Console? I'm seriously confused! Does this require a 360 console to be useful?

ybcthanerd says:

yes it does it acts as a remote control/extension of ur 360

fz553 says:

Should've resembled Android's look and feel instead of the metro style.

brendilon says:

Why? This is a Microsoft product. It should LOOK like a Microsoft product, not like an Android product.

abakri says:

Is that an S III running stock android ?

Uncle Louie says:

Using it right now. I can't believe how well this is working!
(Sprint Galaxy Note II)

ruhi says:

It works great with my GS3... very nice app!

Froojr says:

This is awesome! What I've been waiting for since I saw it on E3 coverage! Not played a game with it yet, but basic moving and controlling of dashboard apps is sweet. Nice surprise that its on Android as of day one. +1 Micro$haft

Dang! ICS only! I guess its a no go for my MoPho!

dougltc says:

Still a fail... not compatible with my Nexus 7...

a1kemist says:

+1 saw a tweet about this, thought it sounded cool, looked into it and unable to install on the N7..

Nimocone says:

Anyone with a link to the apk? No go on the Note 10.1

Nimocone says:

Answered it myself but not my Dropbox account. Found on another site's forum:
Working great for me.

enthuz says:

Your link no longer works. Any other one that works?

tillerrw says:

Just tried it out and I'm very impressed.

False_Aesop says:

I wonder why they are aren't allowing tablets to download it. Since my Transformer Prime, like those other tablets above me in the comments can't use it.

Also it seems while the swipe controls are enabled in just about everything I tried, the keyboard function needs to be coded into the app, for instance I couldn't get my phone to pop into keyboard mode for Netflix or Youtube... the two apps I actually use that I would love a damn keyboard on.

Still I am impressed with how quick and responsive it is, I was expecting a lot more lag given this can't be a direct connection from my phone to the box, it has to be going out to a sever somewhere and back.

Spdy says:

actually using the link on my Transformer Prime i got it to work.. it is actually alot faster on my Prime than it is on my phone.

False_Aesop says:

Odd the link takes me to the play store where I am told "Your device is not compatible with this version," my Prime is stock on 4.1.1, what is yours on?

dacp283 says:

Was working but now it won't connect to my Xbox. Grrrrr

Gearu says:

SmartGlass, Project Glass, Glados, Glonass, too much glass going on at the moment, why did everyone have to do glass stuff at the same time. Awkward.

richardfoc says:

Glasnost. Just sayin'.

KineticMD says:

Works on my rooted Verizon Galaxy Nexus running 4.1.2, and I'm blown away. Hats off to Microsoft on this one. It's really intuitive.

deuxflower says:

Thanks for the download. Works brilliantly on the xoom2 (portrait only). Now i can do proper slap down messages mid-game :-)

Kevin2 says:

WOW! Scrolling the web on the big screen using my phone screen and keyboard is very impressive.

AiR.iK says:

Microsoft allows the SmartGlass App on the iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone. And I bought a Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 just for the SmartGlass App. And guess what? IT DOESN'T WORK!! Not even the My Xbox Live App! The Ice Cream Sandwich melted.

DirkBelig says:

Unfortunately, it's not working for me on my Epic 4G Touch (Android 4.0.4) as it can't find my Xbox, even after verifying that it's got SmartGlass turned on on settings and restarting it. Drat.

DirkBelig says:

D'oh! Operator error. I was trying to connect to the Xbox while it was logged in with my g/f's account. It took a couple of swings once I switched over, but it's working.

ybcthanerd says:

u have a girlfriend that plays 360 kudos to u

ybcthanerd says:

cant wait till more games r supported, xbox is tha only good thing microsoft has goin

odd1ne says:

I have sideloaded it on my nexus 7, works a treat. Pretty impressive.

MAD WIL says:

It's fun to eff with my kids heads while I'm away from home and they're logged into my account. . I can see a progress bar of what they're watching /playing..... And then the show just restarts or rewinds for no reason. It can be fun being a D:ck Dad.

crowrb29 says:

I was hoping for something like this for a while for play station. It would also be cool if there was a legit way to use your phone as a remote for my tv seeing as how iI lose my phone a lot less often than my phone.