Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Microsoft with its unveiling of Xbox SmartGlass

SmartGlass is not a kind of glass. Maybe it's the buzz about the Gorilla Glass featured on the new Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone. Or the fact that touchscreens are a key part of the feature. Or -- you know -- the fact that they called it SmartGlass. But some folks have been confused on that score. The feature is actually an app. It will work with the Windows 8 operating system, which runs on both PCs and mobile devices, to link up tablets and smartphones with the Xbox console and, by extension, a user's TV. So I need a Windows phone or tablet? No, you don't. Obviously, Microsoft would prefer you buy something such as the Nokia Lumia 900 or one of the many tablets expected to be released once a final version of Windows 8 is up and running later this year. But SmartGlass will also work with Apple devices, such as the iPhone and iPad, or mobile devices running Google's Android operating system. As long as you have an Xbox 360 and either a PC running Windows 8, mobile devices running Windows 8 or an iOS or Android device, you're good to go. http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/05/tech/gaming-gadgets/xbox-smartglass-explainer/index.html

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