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Microsoft SmartGlass app for Android released

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Xbox SmartGlass Android
Xbox SmartGlass Android

We've been excited about Microsoft SmartGlass since we first got a look at it during E3, and now it's time for Android users to get in on the fun: the app has officially been released for Google's mobile platform. The app requires Android 4.0 or higher, and will allow users to interact with their Xbox 360 to control video playback, navigate the interface, and search content. The real magic happens with it comes to interactive content, however: as we saw back in June, game developers and content creators can use the SmartGlass platform to offer additional information, second-screen gameplay, and even let users browse the actors in the scene of a given movie to see what else the peformers have been in.

It's not yet clear how much content has been equipped with SmartGlass functionality just yet — and there's no sign of the iOS app for that matter, either. Still, this release is an important step towards Microsoft making its new vision for the living room come to fruition. If you'd like to try it out for yourself, it's available for download in the Google Play Store now.