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MSFT Updates Xbox App for iPhone, Launches Android App

Microsoft has released a significant update for its Xbox for iOS application that will enable customers to use their iPhone as a remote.

Windows Phone users will recognize this functionality as it was first available through the Windows Phone Xbox application, but now the iPhone version of My Xbox Live is getting the same treatment. The iPhone app will now allow you to play, pause fast forward, and rewind directly from your iPhone. Additionally, a new Discover section will let you find fresh content for your console via your phone, and there'll be a new quick list that shows your most recent console activity. 

Microsoft's Major Nelson announced the update via his blog and said that the update is rolling out already. He also announced an update for the My Xbox Live iPad application, adding retina display support, and improved authentication. Probably the biggest news, though, is that My Xbox Live is finally coming to Android, so if you're rocking a smartphone running Google's operating system you can now read and send messages, manage your friends list (including adding new friends), read and edit your full XBL profile, change up your avatar and view and compare achievements.

Unfortunately it looks like Android users are missing out on the remote control function that iPhone users got today. No word on when it will arrive on the Android version. We'll keep you posted.

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Jane McEntegart is Manager of Content Marketing at ASUS North America, and previously worked for more than 7 years at Tom's Guide and Tom's Hardware, holding such roles as Contributing Editor and Senior News Editor.

  • Shin-san
    I would love to know the Android problems they are having. I'm not being sarcastic here, because there's so many Android versions to support and if they are using anything like ActionBarSherlock
  • john_4
    If I had an iPhone there would not be one piece of M$ code on it.
  • g00fysmiley
    john_4If I had an iPhone there would not be one piece of M$ code on it.
    woundn't want well written functional code eh... prefer magic?
  • cknobman
    john_4If I had an iPhone there would not be one piece of M$ code on it.
    I feel ya. I made the mistake of putting Quicktime/iTunes (I was suckered with a free digital copy of a DVD) on my Windows box not long ago. I had to get that annoying Crapple software of my machine pronto!!!

    Not only did iTunes absolutely suck in terms of usability but both it an Quicktime were hogging resources on my computer with startup processes and annoying the sh!t out of me with updates.

    Both of those pieces of shat software were removed asap especially when I can use software like VLC and/or Zune.