The Star Wars Sphero BB-8 Droid is coming to Windows Phone users after all

Earlier this morning, Sphero announced a new Star Wars themed toy based off the BB-8 Droid from the upcoming The Force Awakens movie. Sphero is a robotic ball that you control remotely and is quite a lot of fun. Indeed, the company already has a Windows and Windows Phone 8.1 app for their Sphero 2.0 toy.

Windows Central reviewed the Sphero 2.0 app and the toy in the past coming away rather impressed.

Sphero 2.0 review for Windows and Windows Phone 8.1

However, the BB-8 version is on a different level and evidently requires a different app. Indeed, our sister site Android Central wrote about the new app and Sphero BB-8 Droid, noting:

"The BB-8 app includes several control methods, including voice controls tuned to the owner, sentry mode between pre-determined areas, and even autonomous behavior if you just want the droid to roam around and play. Sphero describes BB-8 as having an adaptive personality and claims its behavior will change based on interaction with you. A line you'll see repeated in marketing material is how this droid is more than a toy, it's your companion."

Android and iOS were guaranteed compatibility, but what about Windows Phone users? Evidently, they are not forgotten. In response to the question, the Sphero team informed Orion L. not to worry:

"We are working on a Windows phone App! Timeline TBD."

So that's the good news. The bad news is it is not clear when the app will land and if they are making it a universal Windows 10 app (which they should).

The Sphero BB-8 Droid is launching tomorrow, September 4 aka Force Friday to the tune of $149. The Windows Phone app, however, is not yet ready so that it will be behind the curve. Luckily, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is not due until December giving Orbotix some breathing room before the holiday season.

Needless to say, we're excited and hope Orbotix follows through with a Windows Phone app. Stay tuned. In the meantime, you can read more about Sphero BB-8 on the official site.

Source: Twitter; Thanks, Orion, for the tip!

Daniel Rubino
Editor-in-chief

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

62 Comments
  • Yay!
  • Title not found in the video section, fix pls
  • Clickbbait article ! (yes, there is a joke here!)
  • Sweet! Getting one for sure now.
  • Ah dammit... Take My Money!
  • I think you mean "not to worry". :)  Also, hoping it's a Universal App. Would be awesome if I could control it with my Xbox One controller. Although, my kittens may not enjoy it. ;) 
  • That would be amazing
  • Yes! And using Kinect to order it around!
  • That would be loads of fun too!
  • Microsoft Band control would be the most convenient.
  • Not really. You would just have buttons you'd have to peck at. The Microsoft Band doesn't have any form of gesture sensor, so you wouldn't be able to steer BB8 by waving your hand, or anything like that. 
  • Well, that's not totally accurate. The Band does have limited gesture control, as been proven by the Band game called, Bounce. It requires you to move the Band to control the on screen ball. Now, these controls would be severly limited for the Sphero that it wouldn't be worth the effort to make an app for Band. Maybe, the next version of Band.
  • The Band does not have gesture control. It does however have an Accelerometer/Gyrometer (like phones) so it can detect movements (i.e tilting). Gesture control would be like the Myo armband, where you can wave your hand or make a fist, and the device can detect the difference between the two gestures.
  • Holy crap, that's awesome!
  • Than y holy crap.
  • holy crap = holy shit = good :)
  • It's just a general statement of exclamation. It could be meant to be good or bad depending on the context.
  • Nice. I inquired this morning and they just stated it was iOS and Android for now. Glad they're deciding to work on Windows as well! And given that the current Sphero app works on both PC and Phone I'd at least hope this new one works on both.
  • Please make an app for WP...don't make me join the dark side.
  • Just use it via BlueStacks
  • I'm so getting one. I was so impressed when it was revealed that BB-8 was a real robot.
  • Not bad. I'd rather pay more for one that's a bit bigger and less toy-like. Maybe version 2.0 or 3.0 will be the time to jump in.
  • Not gonna happen
  • Love this, but dreading what that "tbd" means.  If it's anything like Fitbit's "tbd" regarding call/txt notifications, we're out of luck!
  • At least they work on updates.
  • It'll definitely come soon. They'd want to keep the buzz for the movie alive.
  • @rld082982:
    Better out of luck than out of duck...
  • Man that's an expensive toy that I want... But can't afford. =(
  • That's great to hear!
  • please make it quick... my credit card is in my hand ready....
  • The force is strong with this one!
  • tbd means 'yeah maybe, if we sell enough to justify the effort.'. So do what the Chinese do, hack one and build your own.
  • Chicken and the egg.  Why would any Windows user buy one if there's no app?
  • Because BlueStacks means it doesn't matter
  • You honestly think these won't sell?
  • How nice would it be to walk into a Best Buy tomorrow and buy one....  Just saying....  Why couldn't the app be ready on launch???  
  • "We are working on a Windows phone App! Timeline TBD." phone and not Phone :) Probably a Windows 10 phone app!
  • One thing sticks out in this article... "off of" Really?
  • I bet you're fun at parties.
  • LOL
  • Yes awesome this is great parity is wonderful
  • "Microsoft Windows compatibility will be launched after the September release of Android and iOS versions." https://sphero.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/205382364-Q-What-devices-wo...
  • That's a bit of a step-up, which is good to see. :)
  • Hell yeah!
  • Yay!
  • That thing looks cool. Yey, droids.
  • They are on to such a winner with this. I'm going to have to get one. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Neat, but I'm under the strong suspicion that the movie droid was designed like this to sell toys. Maybe the whole Star Wars franchise was created to sell toys.
  • JJ Abrams wanted a Droid that could roll across any terrain. Lucas effects team began working on droid who's "head" could stay stationary while it's body rolled across the terrain. After Lucas effects team decided on a design Disney got with Sphero who had made a line of ball "robots" that were controlled by mobile phones to see if they could make a toy droid that could also roll across terrain and have it's head stay in the upright state while it rolls across the floor. Sphero took their existing design and modified it to allow BB-8 into our hearts and homes. =)
  • I love this droid! They've clearly put a lot of attention into its personality. Little touches like how when it makes a snap decision to go somewhere it's "head" is temporarily left behind; it is very animated.
  • Haha yeah, I love that too :) It reminded me of how Twinsen ran in Little Big Adventure
  • This is a must have
  • Droids are coming!
  • I'll go to the dark side for this.
  • That's awesome! can anybody explain me how these spheros move around?
  • Astoria can awaken the force... cant it? Or do we have to wait for the version of astoria that can run this app so that we dont have to wait for the app itself ?
  • Bought one from their website this morning; really hope there's a universal app coming soon - would love to be able to use WP/WM, Surface, etc for control :)   Will make for a great Christams present for kids...gonna be a loooooooooong wait though LOL
  • This might be the first toy I've purchased in almost 25 years.
  • Just a quick follow-up/heads-up, I've been getting responses from the Sphero "Is it compatible?" forum and *many* Android customers are complaining about incompatibility, only a few from iOS users...sucks to have so many versions/off-shoots to contend with...   Here's hoping they have time for a WP/WM version app in the near future...
  • Just fyi, the android APK installs on Windows10preview with Astoria, the app starts but gets stuck on the splash screen, at least on the 1020.
  • I have been offered one for my birthday without knowing. The only thing bad is that i have no device that can download the app. So now really need an app for my WP 8.1 or/and my Windows 10 tablet to use it. It looks so cool that it's very difficult to wait for using it :(
  • Is there an app for the BB8 for Window Phone?  I got a BB8 for xMas, but haven't figured out how to connect to it yet...