In a new interview Acer’s vice president for the corporate business division, Peter Shieh, has revealed Acer is planning to get into the wearable tech market during 2014. According to Shieh, Acer “actually demonstrated our products to some of the company’s clients at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month. The company is still developing certain types of wearable devices. We certainly aim to play a role in the new market.” Shieh did not specify what form the new devices may take. For now, it seems most companies are pushing to get smartwatch type devices onto retail shelves, although a variety of smartglasses are also in development. » Read the rest
Microsoft has finally released a Tablet version of its ever popular Xbox SmartGlass Android app. The app is compatible with Tablets with screen sizes 7″ and larger, and is available for immediate download on the Google Play Store. Hit the break below for the download link.
As is the case with the Xbox SmartGlass smartphone app, Tablet user’s will be able to:
• Navigate their Xbox 360 with swipe and tap
• Use a phone’s keyboard to type to a user’s Xbox 360
• Browse the Internet on an Xbox 360 with full keyboard and zooming
• Play, pause, fast forward, rewind, and stop videos and music on an Xbox 360
• Search the full Xbox catalog of music, video, and games
• Enjoy rich, interactive experiences from select game and entertainment content creators
• Track and compare your achievements with your Xbox friends
• Change up user’s 3D avatars
• Message Xbox friends
• Edit Xbox profiles » Read the rest
Most of us who happen to use our Xbox devices religiously got our very first taste of a native Xbox app for Android, but sadly— we quickly realized only smartphones were able to get in on the mobile action, not tablets. Fortunately, Microsoft has heard our cries and complaints and released another update to the SmartGlass app, this time adding official support for 7-inch tablets (like the Nexus 7), which ultimately bodes well for those with big hands such as yours truly. In addition to adding official 7-inch tablet support, the update brings some minor bug fixes and specific crashes when accessing the settings and when you go back to the achievement screen. Looks like the SmartGlass app is slowly, but surely getting better and better.
The update is available now in the Play Store, so be sure to grab it by clicking on the Play Store link or scanning the QR code.
Why in the heck are we reporting news on Microsoft? Good question. As we briefly touched upon a couple of days ago, in an attempt to integrate seamlessly several media outlets through the medium of one device, your Xbox 360, Microsoft has brought to the table “SmartGlass”. What is SmartGlass? It’s quite a few services, features and benefits rolled up into one package. For starters, it can be considered an application. An app that allows your phone and tablet to be transformed into another screen, an extension if you will, for your television as well as a game controller and Internet access tool. The feature will work with iOS, Android and of course, Windows, giving great flexibility and squashing for the most the necessity to go out and purchase a new device for compatibility. Using your 360 console, your tablet, phone and even PC becomes a multi-screen companion for your convenience and at your fingertips. For example, the company demo’d Game of Thrones on the TV via the Xbox, a SmartGlass enabled tab was showing a map of Westeros and other pertinent info related to the show. In addition, the content itself can either be pushed from the PC, phone or tab to the Xbox or from the Xbox to the TV set. SmartGlass seamlessly integrates all devices to work together to enhance the media experience. Furthermore, in addition to these avenues , gaming was taken to another level as the company demo’d how the user could use the tab as a playbook while playing Madden on the 360 console. The company is also reportedly adding Internet Explorer to the Xbox and will allow you to use your Android smartphone as a mouse. Yes, a mouse I said. This will allow you to surf the mighty web on the big screen using the smartphone as a mouse to navigate. As most who follow Microsoft know, it’s no hidden agenda that the company aims to make their Xbox 360 the center hub to control all of your media, thus transforming your living room experience with their product at the helm. It will be the hub that powers all, so to speak. Only time will tell how the product ultimately pans out and whether or not Android devices will integrate into the mix with little effort. Stay tuned and as we find out. Feel free to offer your thoughts in the comments section below.