Xbox App was introduced last summer and brought together friends who were playing games on their Xbox One and Windows 10 devices. With this application, players are staying connected to the Xbox Live community and share their achievements, game clips and screenshots, stream games from the console and launch into cross-device multiplayer. Microsoft has just announced that the application will be available for Android and iOS devices, by launching a new update for the Xbox One SmartGlass app, which will be rebranded to “Xbox” along the way.
Microsoft has participated at the E3 press conference, but a few hours earlier, the company has released Xbox app updates for iOS and Android and users have started to receive them immediately. The official Xbox app for the two mobile platforms is almost identical to the app for Windows 10 running on PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones.
So, the home of the Xbox app is the Activity Feed, where users will find screenshots and game clips shared by other players. There’s are new game hubs where players find titles; trending content will allow players to find out what’s popular on Xbox Live; Facebook friend finder will allow them to add their Facebook friends who are also using and Xbox One console. Another way to add friends to Xbox Live is by using the phone contact list, and if they want to share their real name with their friends, players can use the real name sharing feature.
Chat support isn’t available yet for Android and iOS, but most likely, Microsoft will bring this feature in the near future. Right after the Xbox app rolled out to Android, some users have complained on the Google Play store that they had problems importing contacts from their phone books, but the Facebook integration didn’t cause any trouble.
At the E3 press conference, Microsoft has unveiled the smallest Xbox console called the Xbox One S, which will support 4K Ultra HD video and will cost $399 (2TB), $349 (1TB) or $299 (500GB).