Xbox SmartGlass Finally Shows Up On iOS

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Microsoft's answer to the Wii U, Xbox SmartGlass, was one of the more impressive things we saw from the company at E3. It turned out to be pretty neat when it launched on Windows 8 and Android devices last month. iOS users, however, were left without a SmartGlass app of their very own.

The Xbox team is finally delivering the second screen experience to iOS users who happen to own an Xbox 360. The app is pretty much the same as the apps that were released on Windows 8 and Android devices last month. It should be noted that iPad users will get a SmartGlass app built specifically for the device to take advantage of the increased real estate. The Verge notes that SmartGlass does not yet take advantage of the iPhone 5's increased screen size though.

For those new to SmartGlass, here's all the features included in the second screen experience:

  • Navigate your Xbox 360 with swipe and tap
  • Use your phone’s keyboard to type to your Xbox 360
  • Browse the Internet on your Xbox 360 with full keyboard and zooming
  • Play, pause, fast forward, rewind, and stop videos and music on your Xbox 360
  • Search the full Xbox catalog of music, video, and games
  • Enjoy rich, interactive experiences from select game and entertainment content creators
  • Track and compare your achievements with your Xbox friends
  • Change up your 3D avatar
  • Message your Xbox friends
  • Edit your Xbox profile
  • Xbox SmartGlass is now on all three major mobile platforms. It will be interesting to see the adoption rates among Windows 8, Android and iOS users. Microsoft would obviously love for people to use Windows 8 tablets, but the company was smart to get the Android and iOS apps out before the end of the year.

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