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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Microsoft debuts Xbox Live app for Android

Xbox fans with Android phones can now keep up – or at least begin to keep up – with their fellow gamers using iPhones and Windows Phone devices, now that Microsoft has released an Xbox Live app for Google's OS.

The XBox Live app for Android went live on Google Play Wednesday, and requires an Xbox Live account as well as Android 2.2 or higher – and a WGVA screen resolution or higher.

"Take your Xbox LIVE experience wherever you go with the My Xbox LIVE app. Track and compare your achievements, connect with your Xbox LIVE friends, and change up your 3D Avatar," read the description on the app's page on Google Play.

"Review all the recent great games you and your friends love to play and compare achievements with them. Access Xbox Spotlight feeds, get breaking news from Xbox LIVE, game tips and tricks, gamer spotlight and much more," it added.

But an article posted on PC World said the app may not be as polished as the versions for Apple's iOS and Microsoft's own Windows Phone.

PC World also noted another potential downside for the Android app is that users will not find out that the app does not fit their phone until they have installed it.

"That appears to have angered some," it said.

Meanwhile, PC World said Microsoft also released an XBox Live app update for iOS, which lets them catch up with Windows Phone users as far as letting them use the app to search and control content from their devices.

"The iOS app now acts a remote which can navigate through the Xbox 360 menus as well as play, pause, rewind, or fast forward through content," it added.


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