The Samsung Galaxy S III is already one of the most capable phones out there, and now we’re hearing even more about its capability to use external accessories via the microUSB port. XDA user NZtechfeak has done some testing and discovered that the latest and greatest from Samsung will play USBHost to XBOX 360, PS3 and Wii controllers, as well as portable hard drives, flash drives, keyboards, mice and more. You’ll need a USB-To-Go adapter to make it all work, but after that the integration is seamless. See the video after the break showing the possibilities…
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.
Microsoft is set to demo Smart Glass, an app that is akin to AirPlay for the Xbox 360, at E3 next week. This Xbox companion app is said to be able to play videos from different sources on tablets and phones as well as push that content from your device to an Xbox 360. What’s more, the app is apparently going to be made available for Windows, Windows Phone, iOS, and Android. This multiplatform strategy is smart for Microsoft since so many people have Xboxes regardless of which side they take in the mobile OS wars.
A leak of a confidential presentation for Smart Glass noted the following:
- Will allow users to control their Xbox 360 remotely. Will be available cross platform on multiple operating systems including Windows, Windows Phone, Android and iOS.
- Applications will be accessible through the tablet. Such as Youtube/Netflix/Vemo ect.
- Live streaming ability through the tablet to the TV, desktop, lap top and other devices.
- A demo at E3 will be shown, but no live video will be featured
As the owner of two Xbox 360’s, this is certainly something I am going to keep an eye on. More details should emerge at E3.
This probably wasn’t anything like the uses Microsoft had in mind when they launched the Kinect, but like everything coded, you simply just need someone to tell a determined developer that it can’t (or shouldn’t) be done. In the video below, you’ll see the Xbox Kinect functioning in an Android OS environment, which looks like the 500 FX development platform. The developer is using openFrameworks, which really isn’t doing anything right now other than running the Kinect camera, but at least its working. This of course can open the door to some far more awesome development using Android apps and the Kinect hardware.
Don’t you hate it when your internet goes down right in the middle of an intense Xbox Live gaming session? I know I do and really there isn’t much you can do about it, until now. huskermania has sent us a video of his HTC Droid Incredible providing internet to his Xbox 360. I’ll let the video do the rest of the talking: