Microsoft has pushed out an update to the SmartGlass beta app that lets users turn their Xbox One consoles on and off from their Android devices. This way you can start streaming content directly to your tablet without having to reach for a separate controller beforehand.

Microsoft says this was one of the most fan requested features, and it's easy to imagine why. The functionality was mentioned in a blog post yesterday highlighting upcoming Xbox features for the console and Windows.

This update has also expanded the ability to stream live TV in 19 countries. Unfortunately the changelog doesn't list them, and the full list hasn't yet appeared on the Xbox TV Tuner's support page. Keep an eye there for when they do.

What's new:

  • Power On/Off the console from your SmartGlass app
  • Stream live TV from Xbox One with a supported USB TV tuner in 19 countries
  • Bug fixes

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