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Xbox SmartGlass not coming to iOS or Android for another six months

Xbox SmartGlass and Xbox Music won't be available on iOS and Android for another six months, Microsoft has revealed.

Xbox Live product manager Pav Bhardwaj said that only Windows 8 and Surface tablets will be available to access Xbox SmartGlass and Xbox Music from October 26.

Windows Phone 8 will support both services when it launches in "late November", followed by iOS and Android in the next six months.

"We've worked really hard to make sure that the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 experience is optimal and perfect," he said.

"Once those are out the way, we'll then start to make any announcements for anything else beyond that, but we think it'll be within the next six months."

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CustardTrout1434d ago

It's lucky no one actually wants to use it

darthv721434d ago

Im bummed it will be coming out later than expected but Im more hyped that its coming to droid and ios in the first place. MS didnt have to do that but they knew it would be stupid not to.

Septic1434d ago

Yeah same here. Cant believe it wont be out for another six months. Lame

EVILDEAD3601434d ago

Was looking forward to using it with my Iphone in a few days.

I can see from a business perspective why they would hold it back.

Smart Glass essentially is a good 6 month promo for Surface and the Windows phone.

This means the tech essentially wont be available till a couple of months prior to E3 2013.

May end up with a Surface after the holidays, but thought the phone control of IE9 was the best attribute of Smart Glass.

Evil

Belking1434d ago

"It's lucky no one actually wants to use it"

I said the same thing about home.

nukeitall1433d ago

I really look forward to SmartGlass and hope there will be tight integration/seamlessness between tablet/PC and Xbox.

lashes2ashes1434d ago

Then it looks like no one will use it for the next six months.

KMCROC1434d ago

those that update their pc , or buy the MS Slates. those people will be using it.

lashes2ashes1433d ago

I don't think it works on pc. I thought it was phone and tablet only. And most people will not be buying a slate. Even if slate is amazing everybody will still buyiPad because of name reconation.

DivineAssault 1434d ago (Edited 1434d ago )

Do u need kinect to use smartglass? every time i seen it being used, there was also a kinect there.. Maybe it was for the voice commands but idk..

@ Godmars, im sure they would too.. But im not buying it either way.. I tried kinect & wasnt interested in what it did.

Godmars2901434d ago

I'm sure MS would love you to think that.

nukeitall1433d ago (Edited 1433d ago )

Actually, if they wanted that, they would have advertised that!

In fact, doing so works against SmartGlass because it would screw up the marketing message and lower adoption. The whole idea is easy access.

In other words, it is idiotic to believe otherwise!

darthv721434d ago

no. you do not need kinect to use smartglass. Oh im sure there may be a few titles that could use them together but what you are seeing is simply association.

You have to figure they are showing the total package of 360, kinect and smartglass. Kinect is there to be representative of it being part of the 360 experience.

And while kinect is NOT for everyone, it certainly has its appeal to those who enjoy it.

GuruStarr781434d ago

So who exactly is it meant for, then?

MilkMan1434d ago

The crazy thing, no one gives a f%#@

ItsTrue1434d ago

So why make an attempt to click on this article and comment? Also, judging from the comments it seems that your opinion as a whole is invalid.

Loki861433d ago

Now it seems, the milk man has come back and none of your wives are safe.

Jazz41081433d ago

Really milk face, why dont you go and wait for sonys next financial results which are coming any day and see how many more billion they lost and leave ms articles alone.

MilkMan1433d ago

Not sure how SONY got into this thread, but its obvious that MS is once again pulling crap out of their collective bongholes. Trying to 1UP Nintendo on the years it took them to do R&D with what MS does best create a shell on top of existing hardware and software.
This is what smartglass will supposedly do:
– The ability to use your phone and tablet as remote controls for your Xbox 360 so you can use those devices to pause, rewind, or advance entertainment.

– Starting a movie or TV show on a Windows 8 tablet and finishing it on the big screen through an Xbox 360. You can see the names of cast and crew for the film you are watching and discover related films. The upcoming season of HBO Go’s Game of Thrones will offer Xbox SmartGlass experiences.

– Watching sports on the TV while using a second screen to see follow real-time stats, player bios, news, and highlights you may have missed. This includes SmartGlass-compatible versions of NBA Game Time, ESPN, and UFC in the coming months.

– The ability to access Xbox Music on multiple devices, discover related artists and songs, cue up additional music, and read artist bios.

– Internet Explorer for Xbox, bringing web surfing to the TV. You can use your smartphone or tablet to pan or pinch and zoom to explore the web on the largest and best screen in the house.

– Using second screens to enhance the experience of upcoming games such as Forza: Horizon and Dance Central 3.

Half of this can be done with your Xbox controller, but just like Kinect MS has the masses fooled into buying crap they don't need. Your mic works perfectly well, why do you need to shout into your Kinect for commands? Thats right, to pick up ambient sounds.

Nintendo's Gamepad does all this natively, it was designed to be this way. Not a tacked on "new tech"
and the fact that Ballmer states that Xbox is the future and not Windows for Microsoft is a sad thing.
http://readwrite.com/2012/0...

Cause if they are betting the farm on all this "gamers" they might as well retire now.

So yes, in short...half assed measures to simply try and steal Nintendo's thunder can only lead to disaster, although imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Loki861433d ago

You haven't even given developers a chance to explore this option before shooting it down. That shows blind homerism, there are plenty of applicable uses and a ton of potential for this type of software. Apparently, you are either behind the time on technology or appose any type of new technology, either way the world is socially connected and they want your console to be the same way.

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