Xbox SmartGlass already here?!

So I just updated my Xbox live app on my iPhone, and Xbox controls have already been integrated?! I'm not sure this is the whole Smartglass experience, but I've long desired the ability to have a keyboard to run Netflix, Amazon Video, and the like.
Microsoft +1 for awesome!

Addendum: okay, maybe I spoke too soon, I'm not seeing a keyboard option in the Netflix controller, but I'm still happy they released this update, and can improve on it it the future.

TheWalt wrote:

Addendum: okay, maybe I spoke too soon, I'm not seeing a keyboard option in the Netflix controller, but I'm still happy they released this update, and can improve on it it the future.

Yeah I got that update too. I would say this is definitely the first step to a full blown SmartGlass experience.

Wait, SmartGlass? Who was sitting in from the marketing department on that meeting?

"And in summer of 2012 we launch project Smartass."

"I don't like that name. Can we do better?"

"Uh. Okay. Sure. How about . . . project SmartGlass?"

"Gentlemen, we've struck gold!"

gains wrote:

Wait, SmartGlass? Who was sitting in from the marketing department on that meeting?

"And in summer of 2012 we launch project Smartass."

"I don't like that name. Can we do better?"

"Uh. Okay. Sure. How about . . . project SmartGlass?"

"Gentlemen, we've struck gold!"

Still not as bad as the slogan I saw on the box of a breast feeding pillow at Babies R Us:

"The brest friend".

Nicholaas wrote:

Still not as bad as the slogan I saw on the box of a breast feeding pillow at Babies R Us:

"The brest friend".

Interestingly, at the Brest-Litovsk negotiations during WWI, it was German General Max Hoffman's insistence that the signatories to any armistice be officially recognized in the treaty as "brest friends" that finally caused an exasperated Trotsky to storm out and withdraw Soviet Russia from the negotiations (with, as we all know, disastrous consequences for Russia).

This is just the companion app that's been available on Win Phone for quite a long time. I think Smart Glass is a bigger deal with in game integration, extra content on video, etc.

MannishBoy wrote:

This is just the companion app that's been available on Win Phone for quite a long time. I think Smart Glass is a bigger deal with in game integration, extra content on video, etc.

It's been on iOS for a long time too, but the update added a ton of new functionality.

Gumbie wrote:
MannishBoy wrote:

This is just the companion app that's been available on Win Phone for quite a long time. I think Smart Glass is a bigger deal with in game integration, extra content on video, etc.

It's been on iOS for a long time too, but the update added a ton of new functionality.

That new functionality has been on WP7 for awhile. The original iOS companion app pretty much had the functionality already built into the WP7 OS. WP7 had an app called "Xbox Companion" that allowed you to control the 360, queue up items, press buttons, etc. It sounds like this iOS update adds that functionality.

Looks like the Smart Glass app for Android is out.

But my phone isn't compatible. Still on 2.3.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

WP7 had an app called "Xbox Companion" that allowed you to control the 360, queue up items, press buttons, etc. It sounds like this iOS update adds that functionality.

My WP7 app updated itself today and after that is now "Xbox Smartglass". I haven't had a chance to use it yet, but just from looking at the UI and such, it is quite different than the old companion app.

Do the iOS and android devices get the functionality of the old "companion" app or the new "smartglass" app?

TexasRay wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

WP7 had an app called "Xbox Companion" that allowed you to control the 360, queue up items, press buttons, etc. It sounds like this iOS update adds that functionality.

My WP7 app updated itself today and after that is now "Xbox Smartglass". I haven't had a chance to use it yet, but just from looking at the UI and such, it is quite different than the old companion app.

Do the iOS and android devices get the functionality of the old "companion" app or the new "smartglass" app?

The new Android app has Smart Glass functionality, but the old Android app without it still exists. I assume for phones not compatible with the new app.

iOS I assume will come soon. Probably a certification thing.

Hmm. I shall bung it onto my Nexus 7 and report back when I am at home.

EDIT: the app isn't compatible with the Nexus 7. Rubbish.

Not compatible with my phone or my tablet. Of course.

I side loaded it from an apk posted on XDA developers and it work absolutely fine on the Nexus 7 running the newest Jellybean, despite what the Play Store says. I have yet to find much of a purpose to it, though! I suppose typing, but I have a thumb pad on my 360 controller.

Works on the devices you already have, indeed.

Not compatible with S3 nor HTC Desire, two of the most popular Android phones :-s

Downloaded the iOS update last night, and the verdict is: neat! Because my Xbox gets its Internet connection through Ethernet from my iMac (which in turn is on my landlord's wifi), my iPhone and the Xbox aren't technically on the "same" network as far as the SmartGlass app is concerned, so I can't use the keyboard or swipes. I was trying to send m0nk3yboy a message but got bummed out when I had no keyboard—then I realized, wait I can just send the message from the iPhone.

But that's all the same as the 1.x iOS app, including avatar editing and such not; and I can't evaluate the keyboard/swiping for browsing, though that seems like it would actually make browsing the Web on the Xbox usable.

So I forgot I had left the app running when I started playing Forza Horizon. I was driving around, then looked down at my iPhone—and there was the map! And my route! And the marker for my car moving in real-time! I could scroll around, filter icons, set new routes that instantly update in the game!

Holy crap!

Of course I have to stop driving to manipulate the app (though in a wonderful Red Asphalt moment, I tried driving and using the phone at the same time, then looked up in time to see I had drifted across the centre line and had a head-on collision at 100+ MPH), so I might as well just pause and use the in-game map. I guess my wife could steal my phone and start messing up my routes.

But the fact that any game can use this one app to extend functionality (as they say), for whatever that turns out to be worth, is promising, considering that's how I already play some games (Skyrim on the TV, UESP.net on the iPad). And if nothing else, it's above all at least pretty neat. Convergence!

Gravey wrote:

So I forgot I had left the app running when I started playing Forza Horizon. I was driving around, then looked down at my iPhone—and there was the map! And my route! And the marker for my car moving in real-time! I could scroll around, filter icons, set new routes that instantly update in the game!

Cool, I didn't realize that was already in the game. And you didn't even have to apply the parking brake hack to make it usable in motion!

LiquidMantis wrote:
Gravey wrote:

So I forgot I had left the app running when I started playing Forza Horizon. I was driving around, then looked down at my iPhone—and there was the map! And my route! And the marker for my car moving in real-time! I could scroll around, filter icons, set new routes that instantly update in the game!

Cool, I didn't realize that was already in the game. And you didn't even have to apply the parking brake hack to make it usable in motion!

Oh that's something I forgot to mention in terms of practicality: while playing Forizon, the app also crashed about 75% of the time (on an iPhone 4, haven't tried on the 5 or iPad 3 yet). Trying to load the map: crash. Tap event: crash. See if I can pinch to zoom: crash (never did find out). Try to restart app: crash. The few times that it did work though, there was no e-brake involved, just a lot of patience.

So again, I give it a lot of credit for being a neat idea, but lacking in the usability department for at least two good reasons.

Sorry, that was probably a vague reference and probably wrong anyway. With aftermarket in-dash GPS/entertainment units they have a security thing where they won't work unless your parking brake is engaged. I was thinking that the GPS was locked without that, but I might be mis-remembering and it's only the video playback stuff that's locked. Not sure, mine has the parking brake lead tied to ground so it thinks I'm always driving with it engaged anyway.