Following the release of its highly criticized Xbox LIVE companion software, Microsoft is back with another round of updates for its console-handheld enhancer app, SmartGlass. Whether this fixes issues with OS software on a number of smartphones and expands SmartGlass capability to include previously incompatible Xbox games is currently unknown, but reception of these updates has been positive--if not somewhat apprehensive. Check some of the features out below:
Microsoft is broadening the scope of compatible SmartGlass devices to support 7- and 10-inch tablets running Android 4.x, and has updated it to run portrait mode on these and other machines.
Users are now able to access their OS web browsers from within the SmartGlass application.
Xbox LIVE subscribers can now send and receive messages from their Xbox LIVE friends through SmartGlass.
SmartGlass has been updated so that your companion device no longer falls asleep while the app is running.
SmartGlass boasts a new, streamlined design that offers a simplified activity launch screen, removes unnecessary text, and offers in-depth descriptions on the controller screen; all so that you may have an easier, more enjoyable experience using SmartGlass.
(These updates are available now and were included in the full SmartGlass application update which occurred on 4/12/13)