SmartGlass Is Now a Universal Remote for Xbox One
The Xbox One’s OneGuide, which allows users to pick shows and movies from both live television and their subscribed video-on-demand apps while on the console, is rolling out through SmartGlass on tablets and phones. After users launch SmartGlass on an iOS, Android or Windows device, they can pick from selections on television imported by their cable provider, browse their Hulu Plus queue or see the most recent channels they’ve watched.
The SmartGlass version of OneGuide can also mimic some functions of a universal remote, controlling the television, cable or satellite set-top box and the Xbox One.
Xbox Director of Programming Larry Hryb and head of Xbox TV Ben Smith previewed some of the features in a video released Tuesday, playable above. Some Xbox Live users will start seeing the features on Tuesday, and it will slowly roll out across the United States, Canada and Europe as the Xbox team collects feedback, Smith said.
This update will also deliver OneGuide to the Xbox One in countries where it was not previously available, such as the UK, Canada, France and Germany.
There are a few other SmartGlass features rolled in to the update, like the ability to see which Xbox Live friends are online and send them messages from the app.