The Force Awakens! Sphero's universal Windows 10 app for BB-8 is here

Timing is always important and Orbotix, the company behind Sphero, have just released the universal app for Windows 10 to control their BB-8 Droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

Although Android and iOS had the app first, we always knew a version for Windows was on the way, and now you can control the adorable BB-8 from your Windows PC, Surface and Phone!

From the app description:

"BB-8 is playful, personable, and true to the Star Wars™ galaxy. His unique traits begin to shine the second he is awake. Based on your interactions, BB-8 will show a range of expressions and even perk up when you give voice commands. It's now possible to explore the galaxy with your own trusty Astromech Droid by your side. BB-8 is more than a toy - it's your companion."

The features for the app include:

  • DRIVE Slide your finger on the driving pad to guide your Droid. BB-8 will go wherever you point and hold, and he'll even react to collisions. If you want to see more of his personality, enter the droid commander, choose an icon, and BB-8 will show off a range of expressions.
  • PATROL Tap into Patrol to send BB-8 off on his own. His autonomous behavior allows him to move around, get familiar with your space, and investigate the surroundings. Tap the play button to get BB-8 on the move.
  • HOLOGRAPHIC MESSAGING No Droid is complete without holographic messaging. Now you can make your own thanks to BB-8. Record a video and BB-8 will transform it into a virtual hologram.

We have our own BB-8 in the house and will be looking to do a hands-on later today. For now, you can go and download the app for yourself or run to your nearest store to pick up the $150 droid to take with you to the premier of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (don't worry, we won't tell anyone that you did).

Nee more? Make sure you check out our Star Wars gift guide for more ideas!

Download BB-8 App Enabled Droid for Windows 10 and Mobile (opens in new tab)

$150 at Best Buy (opens in new tab) $150 at Amazon (opens in new tab) $150 at BB&B (opens in new tab)

Thanks, Simon, for the tip!

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Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • Excellent! There's one wrapped up for my son under the tree. I tweeted Orbitix on Sunday and they said it would be here for the Holidays. Not in UK store yet though.
  • This is cool. I'm surprised that Amazon is the most expensive option listed. Hmmmm...
  • Dam finally. I was actually thinking on whether to keep my 950 xl. Been on windows since 7 andrarley had a specific app angered me lol. I bought one and it was painful having to use my wife's iphone to try it out.
  • Yes I can finally use my Sphero BB-8 on my Lumia woop woop! Now time to go see The Force Awakens ;P
  • You won't regret it, movie is awesome!! I was really impressed given the scope of not only the stories to be told but also the demographics it had to speak to. They really nailed it I think, a true Star Wars movie.
  • Think of the UWP app for the hololens, you will be commanding the BB 8 with just your Eye Gaze. awesome ;")
  • Awesome!
  • Yes! Been waiting for this!
  • My jaw actually hit the floor when I read this...
  • Did you actually fall over on your face?
  • Our two bys have these and worked great with WP 8 too
  • Had to laugh at the availability at BB&B. Took me a minute to realize this item fits into their "beyond" category.
  • Nice to see! Cool little thing. Glad to see it's not only on the phone.
  • As a BB-8 owner I am pleased with this news.
  • Woah I just spoke about this app coming to Windows phone Soon and here it is!!!! That's a nice surprise, I know the "app gap" isn't exactly over, but the apps do seem to be rolling in lately!!!! That and I actually saw an advert for the Microsoft Lumia 950 here in the UK via Littlewoods!!!! :p
  • Yes!!!
  • Such a good news :) I'm downloading the app on my Microsoft Lumia 950, can't wait to test it ;)
  • w000t!! This is awesome!!
  • Windows awakens the force  
  • Good one... I see how you did that...
  • Anybody else have issues connecting BB-8 to their WP?
  • I do ! not able to use it at all. SP4 & Lumia 1020 not working :(     So Sad......
  • Are you sure your bluetooth is turned on? That's one thing that got me. It didn't prompt me that my bluetooth was off so I turned it on and voila 
  • Does not work for me. The app crashes when connecting on Lumia 930 and stops mid way in connecting via Lumia 950XL. Bluetooth connection is ok and paired for both.
  • Got it working.  Had to toggle bluetooth on and off a couple times.  It sucks that you have to connect to the droid in the BT settings first then run the app.  In IOS you just need the app.
  • That is great!
  • it won't let me install the app on my phone, it says upgrade to windows 10 underneath when i click the link and i cant find it in the phone store. any suggestions?
  • I can't get the app to connect to BB. This is a 920 on the insider, still with the Cyan firmware. Tried with and without pairing. The app sits there and never connects. The BB top half just has periodic white and blue lights
  • Used a friends 830 on the insider. The app connects and works
  • I have the HTC One 8m and cannot find the app on my phone.  When I go the windows website and click download app it doesn't do anything.  Do only certain phones have the option?  
  • So I couldn't get BB-8 to sync with my Surface running Windows 10. Turned out to be a privacy setting issue. Make sure Bluetooth is on and you paired with him in your Bluetooth settings. Then go to -->Settings -->Privacy -->Other Devices -->Sync With Devices (should be turned ON) Let your apps automatically share and sync info with wireless devices that don't explicitly pair with your PC, tablet, or phone. This was an instant fix for me. Apparently this is a common problem with the Windows app.
  • Thank you so much!