Microsoft’s Xbox SmartGlass for Android has been around for a few months now, and while it supported Android tablets, only the popular 7-inchers were able to use the app, leaving larger tablets out of the questions. However, Microsoft updated the app again, adding support for 10-inch tablets, like the Nexus 10 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab (and Note) 10.1.
If you happen to want to download the app onto your 10-inch Android slate, you’ll need to be running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher, as the SmartGlass app doesn’t support older Android versions. Other than that, the app comes with some new features and slight design updates that users may find useful.
The app now includes a feature called Activity Browser Link, where you can open a web browser from within the Xbox SmartGlass app. There’s also Expanded Messaging, which lets Xbox LIVE members use SmartGlass to send and receive messages from their other Xbox LIVE friends, making it easier to chat with friends using your tablet or smartphone.
There’s also a new “Awake” State that allows users to prevent their devices from going to sleep with using the SmartGlass app, which could come in handy during those times where you don’t use the app that often during a session, but you want to keep it on and readily available. As for design changes, the updated app brings a more streamlined user interface that’s easier to use. The activity launch screen is simpler, and excess text has been removed.
[via Android Community]