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Xbox Video for Windows Phone updated, SmartGlass Beta switches up layout

Xbox One SmartGlass

What the what? How many big updates can we get in one day? Let’s recap today, which will go down in history as one of the most updated days of all time for Windows Phone. Spotify got the ball rolling by picking up a major update with a new design. Beats Music followed with some insane optimizations. Readit went hard and gained more features than we could list. Path hit version 2.0 and introduced Path Shops and Xbox Games picked up a quick update. Pretty busy day right? Not be left out of the fun, Xbox Video and Xbox One SmartGlass Beta picked up Windows Phone updates too. Let’s see what’s new.

Video

Head into the Windows Phone Store and you’ll find Xbox Video sitting at version 2.5.3886.0. Today’s update? Just minor fixes and improvements. That’s about as detailed as a changelog as you can get, said Sam sarcastically. Do let us know if you notice anything specific about this version of Xbox Video. We are noticing that they’ve dropped the Xbox from the name and are just calling the app Video now in the Windows Phone Store.

Download Xbox Video from the Windows Phone Store.

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Xbox One​ SmartGlass Beta

Microsoft introduced the beta version of Xbox One SmartGlass on April 1st. We thought it was a joke too, but the joke was on us as it was a great app that gave you a future look at features coming to the mainstream version of Xbox One SmartGlass. Today’s update puts the app at version 1.0.0.3 in the Windows Phone Store, but you’ll want to head to the app settings to the true version. Do that and you’ll see Xbox One SmartGlass Beta now at 2.2.1405.7009. We’re not seeing a changelog with this update, so we’re going to do this the old fashioned way.

Xbox One SmartGlass

Off the bat we’re noticing that the Activity Feed for your Friends list has been put on the home page of the app. It’s replaced the Featured content that has now been moved to the menu pane. You can now sort Game clips by recent or those saved. Also our name has been put under our Gamertag. Notice anything else new in this update? Do sound off below!

Download Xbox One SmartGlass Beta from the Windows Phone Store.

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Xbox Video for Windows Phone updated, SmartGlass Beta switches up layout

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headlines will be when Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, Skype and WhatsApp get their updates to go to WP8.1 versions.

Well who knows, maybe companies are finally updating their apps because the increase of phone vendors releasing windows phones. But probably just me being optimistic. :P

I have just received another Spotify update while ago after the massive one which has come yesterday. But do not see any changes at all.

It doesn't, I tested it already. Unless Microsoft has a change of heart with RTM. Joe didn't reply to my question about OTG support.

Can't watch any of my videos using the app... Never ending loading.

Nevermind. I rebooted and videos now play. Playback seems a little smoother with only a stutter here and there. Still not silky smooth like in 8.0.

SmartGlass now looks more like Android layout ;)
All MS apps should look like this lol, but on wp they make it look better :P

They removed DVR but on on TV remote on android but luckily I have a menu button is it gone from wp also

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They fucked up this one too!! If try to open video it displace black screen and keeps on loading. Don't update.
It's working now. It needs some time.

Interesting that they seem to be phasing out the Xbox brand in music and video. I wonder if they plan to drop it all together. Would they call it Microsoft music instead?

Probably to help new users find the apps. If you wanted to play a video on your phone, you would look for a video player and not Xbox video. You might even think Xbox video needs Xbox to work.

I have to say I like the smart glass UI. It's really nice and less boring compared to most WP 8.1 apps we get from Microsoft these days. I Am not talking about the android look but the color/ gradient of the background. instead of having jst plain black or white color for background, ms should make more apps like the smart glass.

I feel like Xbox video should be an actual video player with video editing and hd support. Also support controls while in video.

Wtf full hd videos are playing great in previous versions,now this version needs internet to play hd videos stored locally.. Shame..

Welcome to the cloud! If you can't connect to it, you don't need that bit of content, even if already local. Maybe the app was trying to check with the DRM mother ship.

Exactly. I had 18 updates on my Nexus 5. :) I wonder will the update momentum keep going after Windows Phone 8.1 is released to the public or if all of this is just to fix bugs and introduce better 8.1 compatibility that will be followed by the usual "no app updates for 6 months or more" that we see from some developers?

ya. i hope we get updates more frequently. but i don't want a bug fix update every two-three days. i'd rather have a feature-improving update once in, say, two weeks (along with bug fixes).
all i really want is we stay at par with the competition. even ahead of them will do! ^_^

Xbox one will be only available in September here in India. (hopefully). So technically speaking I should have got the typical not available here message. But I was able to install it! Or is it due to it being a public beta?

Just wish us NON USA people would get remote control 'buttons' like what's on the remote. and One Guide, I'd LOVE to control my Aussie FetchTV box through the Xbox One and SmartGlass.

Xbox video doesn't updated in my Lumia 520.which shows make sure that your phone software is upto date......but my phones software is upto date.....please fix this

Still cannot watch my video. It says "loading.." and nothing happens

I don't know who are working in Xbox music, video, game team. But at least know they are incompetent. All these apps are crap. Although the apps are getting update, there's only a little improvements or nothing at each update. So it'll take more than 3 years to be a decent app.

This is hopeless situation. Just employ other guys for Xbox apps plz MS.

yeah because if it doesnt work for you it means it doesnt work for anyone else /s

you shouldn't have upgraded to 8.1 if you can't deal with this... just saying. especially if apps are not complete updating for the official release.

next time don't upgrade and wait until you get firmware update and the official update and all that...

I mean, video and music xbox apps work fine here... so it seems your phone is the incompetent one.

Do you like the phonebook/save contact interface? For me, it is rubbish!
Only in the people hub can I edit contacts and add further details.
The phonebook that one gets to via the dialer is just rubbish. None of the contacts can be edited at all.
Such a backwards system. The people hub should be accessible from the dialler. Or the dialler should be accessible from the people hub. As it is, I need two different live tiles to do something that should be included in just one.

What crack are you smoking? It can be accessed thru the either way...anybody in you call history can be edited and called and vice versa...

Right, do me this one favour....

1. Go to your dialer

2. Press the phone book button (the one next to the magnifying glass)

3. Edit a contact...(Yep, you can't ;) )

So yes, back to my original point - the phone book/contact editing system is rubbish. Here's another problem...when you add a new number via the dialer pad, you can ONLY add that number. To then add further details, one needs to go to the people hub - or edit it from the recently dialed number list (if you have tried to call them). You CANNOT edit that contact in the phone book on the dialer pad...

But this video app totally sucks because it can only play mp4.Sadly I don't use it.Moli player is my only video player.

Off topic...but a REALLY backwards feature of 8.1:
If I go to the phonebook via the dialer icon, I cannot edit any of the contacts. I instead have to go into the people hub.
Also, if I save a contact via the dialler, I cannot add any further information without going into the people hub to make edits.
WP8.1 should be making things super simple. Instead, I am having to explain to people the workarounds to what should be the most simple of tasks.

No...we can add the number in the dialer to the contact list. But AFAIK, we cannot then edit those contacts/add further details using the phonebook contained within the dialler. Long pressing on contacts does nothing...
The people hub and the phonebook work differently (1020 & 820 running 8.1)

Why would you open the dialer if your purpose is to edit contacts in the first place?... Saving a contact from the dialer allows you to save the most relevant information you would need... You'd also only use this if you're in a rush... Otherwise, you'd have the leisure to use the People app if you need to add anything else... Pretty simple... Nothing backwards at all...

A simple scenario...(my mum uses a Windows Phone, so I've seen how she struggles);
You're with a person who offers you their number. My mum would always go to the dialer - type in the number, then click save. In WP8, she could also add further contact details such as email etc. In WP8.1, you can ONLY add the number...not any additional details

So with that limitation in mind, my mum would then go to the phonebook in the dialer app expecting to be able to add aditional details there. Alas, she can't...she instead has to go to the people hub.

For an OS that relies so heavily on live tiles, it is a failure to have such a convulted system of adding contacts/editing details. We should be able to add all of the contact details when saving directly from the dialer. & we should also be able to edit contacts in the phonebook. We shouldn't be forced to use the people hub to edit contacts.
The current system is a confusing mess for anyone that is trying to pick up Windows Phone.

It is ok for us geeks who know all of the nuances of the system. Sometimes though, I just wonder whether Microsoft bothers to stick a Windows Phone in the hands of novices and actually see how they use them. It should be simpler. It should be like iOS in that respect.

I totally agree. It's absolute nonsense the way WP8.1 misses the mark completely on small details. This particular problem gets me so mad. You meet someone and you both in a hurry and they like hey my m number is blah blah blah. Then they wanna give you another number like a home number and an email. You can't do that straight from the dialer. It's a small detail that is practically inconvenient. Why do they keep overlooking these small day to day details that make smartphones convenient. Even feature phones like Asha have these capabilities. Same issues with the all over the place video and music apps. That's why Blackberry did poorly outside the US. Too complicated for no convenient reason. Stop Americanizing WP if you want to have global appeal. We don't have the Apple luxury of having bewitched half the planet

Amen!
I'm glad it's not just me that finds the add/edit contact process confusing! Hopefully MS will fix it (and also fix the ridiculously long and disorganised settings list!).
Seriously, without Nokia, Windows Phone would have died a death years ago. Now that Nokia no longer exists, I no longer feel quite so compelled to stick with Windows Phone.
I do love my 1020 though :)

Video contents are no longer accessible if you happen to be outside of US...use to be able to browse and purchase movies or tv shows, now it just says nothing to show here under all headings in the video app...well, was thinking of getting the 930, but I'll probably consider jump over to another platform, at least I can access all kind of movies and tv shows on there...MS...u suck!!

Mobile device is suppose to allow users to access all kind of contents while on the move, taking that option away, that device or platform is no longer attractive or useful for me.

You do realise that this is the WP8.1 DEVELOPER preview. Looks to me like you are a disgruntled consumer....probably should have stuck with WP8.

Of course im not happy, what would u do if something that was available before, just suddenly disappeared because of a supposedly minor update? I was just browsing a few hours ago, everything was still there, and btw, I have 8.1 preview, and after the video app update, everythings gone, sure im piss off...because I like watching movies and tv shows, and don't mind paying either...

Why should I just stuck with 8.0? Im talking about the video app update, should have nothing to do with which version of OS I have on my phone.

+925 For pointing out app features that were running just fine on the "8.1 DEVELOPER preview" going AWOL due to an app update have nothing to do with said developer preview.

I'm in Panama, I was able to see this context before, but I can still do so now....   have you tried soft resetting your phone?  maybe your Video is stuck and not loading the data correctly.

Tried soft reset, no luck, thanks for the suggestion, good that u still can access the movies & tv shows..I have a feeling that MS has made changes to the location codes, and probably made videos available to US only..

Odd that this update to Xbox Video shows up on regions without the Xbox Music and Video services whilst the Xbox Music update has yet to show up...

Turned off my mobile data and also did a reboot, still, the video app ain't working... Seriously, what kinda f*&*#% up s*** is this?!

Are MS moving away from Metro design? It seems that more and more apps have the "Android" look which I'm not a fan of. WP has always been a great OS for single handed use but more and more design elements are seemingly being moved to the top of the screen. Even Cortana doesn't really have much of a Metro look.

I'm not sure when this was addressed but the coolest thing that I've noticed about video is that a rented video can be watched on all devices. Before, you could only watch it on the device you rented it on. Sweet!

It's a 1020 (the giveaway is the lanyard hole).
I am pretty certain it is yellow - but whatever camera they used got the white balance wrong.

I cant play video now. It starts , plays sound, but image stays still and then show cant play try again message. 

Am I the only one who feels the 3 buttons in the top right corner clutter the UI? They should be those circle action buttons at the bottom.

And now it looks like Android, and goes directly against the app guideline documents microsoft gives out to devs. I like WP because of its design sense, please don't start looking like Android.....