Party chat support rolls out to the Xbox beta app for Android

If you use the Xbox beta (opens in new tab) app for Android, Microsoft is starting to lay the groundwork for mobile party chat. According to the release notes, first spotted over on Reddit (via Engadget), the latest update to the beta app adds support for beta testing of party chat.

If you've ever wanted to stick around in a party chat with your friends while away from your console, this is sure to be good news. And while this is only available on Android for now, it would be reasonable to assume the feature will make its way to the iOS app at some point as well.

For now, if you're using the Xbox beta app on Android, you can grab the latest update form the Google Play Store now. The beta app is open to the public, so anyone can dive in. Now that it's in testing, we'd expect that the feature isn't too far off from making its way to the release version of the app as well.

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  • This has been needed for so long, there's times when I'm in a party chat and as games are loading I am busy doing other stuff but am tied to the distance my controller can connect.
    This was I can achieve ultimate productivity before anything loads haha!
  • Yet another area where MS could've leveraged it's strengths to gain developer support for WP... But, they didn't take it seriously.....
  • They are confused and stupid as always.
  • I loved when WP was an extension of your Xbox.
  • It actually never made it that far.. Well, maybe a bit, but fans TRIED to tell MS what to do, and MS made minimal effort..
    Right now their could be a third platform that focused on 4 things.
    1. One Windows
    2. Xbox gaming
    3. Productivity, and inking
    4. Camera Technology
    If MS seriously put the right amount of continued effort, and marketing, behind WP, and those areas,,, I guarantee that Lumia devices would have doubled their market share in every market from the time MS decided to give up two years ago.
  • I know it never got where it needed to be, but it was moving in that direction. I remember the WP7 ad where the guy turned into his avatar during a conversation.
  • I have wanted this feature for ages. Hopefully it will come to the W10M Xbox app eventually... right..?
  • 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂😂😂😂
  • Ha hahahaha!!!! Wait, are you serious?
  • what if I have a tablet running Windows 10 and want to use it from there? Like the new ones with Windows on ARM. I guess they don't support any Windows OS these days.
  • Anyone tried this out yet how is it working
  • Discord needs to come out with a console app.