Xbox One SmartGlass Beta app now available for Windows Phone

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Yesterday, Microsoft announced a software update for its Xbox One console that enhances its Xbox SmartGlass and Xbox Video experience. SmartGlass is getting a range of updates, including some which are only available to select Xbox Live members during a testing period. Xbox Video will shortly allow you to start watching on one screen, before swapping to another screen (e.g. a Windows Phone device), with seamless play back picked-up wherever you left off on the original device. 

The new seamless resume feature for Xbox Video is now available between the Xbox One and Xbox Video on Windows 8. and Xbox Video on Windows Phone 8 will support the feature soon (we assume an app update will be required).

The generic additions to the SmartGlass experience, which include improved access to ancillary game content and the ability to receive Xbox Live messaging alerts on your mobile device, are now available in the general release version of the Xbox One SmartGlass app for Windows Phone 8.

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From Xbox Wire:

We added a range of new SmartGlass features recently to make it easier for anyone around the world to navigate Xbox One experiences. With SmartGlass you can now:
  • Easily navigate game options so you can quickly get to the full list of Achievements, challenges, and game clips without jumping through multiple screens.
  • View recent players to find people you recently gamed with, easily add them as a friend, or issue a rematch challenge.
  • Sort the Friends list by online status for a quick view of what your friends are doing.
  • View your Activity Feed in a way that matches the view on your console
  • Launch an app in Snap from your mobile device, and when you’re done, simply unsnap it.
  • Receive Xbox Live messaging alerts on your mobile device, making it easier to stay in touch with friends when you’re on the go.

The limited access SmartGlass features (invite only access in select markets) improves access to the TV experience on the Xbox One and bring elements of OneGuide service (integrated TV listings) to additional markets. The SmartGlass app on tablets and smartphones will offer greater (remote) control over Xbox One, TV, and set top boxes (i.e. universal remote).

Xbox One SmartGlass (General Release)

Windows Phone Store description:

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.  

 New in this release:


  • Added a dedicated hub for clips you make with Game DVR
  • We will send notifications when you receive new messages
  • Now it is even easier to see who is online and what they are playing
  • In Friends, the activity feed has a new look and feel
  • Close snapped apps on Xbox One
  • Improved help for Xbox One connection problems

Xbox One SmartGlass is a free download from the Windows Phone Store.

Xbox One SmartGlass Beta

Windows Phone Store description:

This is a Public Beta of Xbox One SmartGlass that provides an early peek at new capabilities. Use the feedback button in the app to let us know what you think.

What's New

  • OneGuide support built into SmartGlass
  • View what is on TV without interrupting what you are doing on your Xbox One
  • Change TV channels on your Xbox One through OneGuide on SmartGlass
  • Find and favourite TV Channels
  • TV Universal Remote Control to control your Cable Box and TV

Xbox One SmartGlass Beta is a free download from the Windows Phone Store.