Xbox Video for Windows Phone updated, SmartGlass Beta switches up layout
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.
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.
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 184.108.40.206 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.
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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Going off topic but Sam can you tell me if wp8.1 will bring USB otg support with it?
All MS apps should look like this lol, but on wp they make it look better :P
It's working now. It needs some time.
all i really want is we stay at par with the competition. even ahead of them will do! ^_^
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.
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.
The people hub and the phonebook work differently (1020 & 820 running 8.1)
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'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 :)
I am pretty certain it is yellow - but whatever camera they used got the white balance wrong.