Microsoft retires Xbox 360 Smartglass apps

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Microsoft this week announced that it has retired the Xbox 360 Smartglass apps across all platforms. If you were still using Smartglass on iOS, Android, Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows 8, or Windows 10, "support for the app and content are no longer being offered," Microsoft says. Instead, Microsoft is encouraging players to use the Xbox app for iOS, Android, Windows 10, and Windows 10 Mobile.

The Xbox 360 Smartglass app allowed users to interact with their consoles with a second-screen experience. Players could use the app to control and interact with what was on their TVs using gestures on the app to launch games, play music, and more. It also acted as a convenient way to enter text on your Xbox 360, and, notably, Fable Anniversary even included achievements for using Smartglass.

At this point, Xbox One has been on the market for nearly five years. The pool of any remaining Xbox 360 players who are still actively using the Smartglass app is likely pretty small.

Microsoft has since turned its attention to the newer Xbox app, which lets you buy games, chat with friends, and more on mobile platforms and PC.

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