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Minecraft: Pocket Edition gets a big update for E3, including Xbox cross-platform play, Realms servers, and more

Microsoft is the owner of Mojang, developer of the ultra-popular Minecraft sandbox building game. And at the E3 video game conference, they want everyone to know it. In between the usual slew of console exclusives and hype about the future, the company dedicated a little time to Minecraft exclusively. At least some of the new additions for Minecraft were released immediately for the Android version, most notably access to Realms servers and cross-platform play with the Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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Xbox Smartglass App Now On Par With Windows 10 Xbox App, Renamed 'Xbox'

The Xbox Smartglass app has been available on Android for a while, letting users control the Xbox's media functions, such as play, pause, and menu navigation, directly through the app. Today, at Microsoft's E3 press conference, the app is getting a big update, being renamed to just 'Xbox' and with features comparable to the equivalent on Windows 10. With the app, you can use Xbox Live, buy games, or watch game content shared by other users, making it the ultimate companion to the Microsoft-made box sitting near your TV.

WHAT'S NEW

  • Updated home – The Activity Feed is the home of the Xbox app
  • Added Trending content – Find out what's popular on Xbox Live
  • Facebook friend finder – Add your Facebook friends who are also on Xbox
  • Contact list friend finder – Use your phones contact list to add friends to Xbox Live
  • Real name sharing – Be able to share your real name with your friends
  • Game hubs – Game Hubs now added to Xbox app
  • Updated profiles – Redesigned user profiles in Xbox app

The banner features of the update are mostly to do with Xbox Live, Microsoft's online gaming network.

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The Latest Xbox One SmartGlass Beta (3.16) Tweaks The User Interface And Adds A Few More Options

Microsoft's SmartGlass app is a smartphone-based manager for the Xbox One, and it gets some surprisingly frequent love from the developers for a product intended for a direct Google competitor. The latest beta version is a significant bump, 2.4 to 3.16, though the changes aren't immediately obvious beyond a few cosmetic adjustments. The new user interface moves quite a few elements around, and if it isn't completely "material" then at least Microsoft is trying to make it look like an Android app instead of a tiny Xbox window.

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Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee Brings Its Uniquely Weird 3D Platforming To Android For $5

Oddworld is a series of games in a variety of genres, all united by the core element of... well, oddness. If you played Stranger's Wrath, the last Oddworld port to reach Android about a year ago, you know what I mean: that game was a third-person action title in which you shot tiny adorably creatures out of a double-barrel crossbow. Munch's Oddysee is an even older game, originally released on the Xbox (the one that isn't the One) back in 2001. It's a sequel to Abe's Oddysee and Abe's Exodus, it's the first in the series to offer true 3D gameplay, and now it's on Android.

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Xbox Music 3.0 Update Adds OneDrive Integration, Access Without Music Pass, And Offline Support For More Devices

Microsoft has a music app. No, really, they do! It may have escaped your notice with the launch of a new service from a certain other company and the continuing dominance of Spotify, but the Xbox Music service is still going strong. Sort of - apparently Microsoft didn't think that brand name was strong enough, so they changed it to Groove. That name hasn't made it to the official Android app, for some reason.

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But some other much-needed changes have been implemented in version 3.0, specifically the ability to access your Microsoft account and stream music stored on your OneDrive cloud.

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Microsoft Brings The Official Halo Channel App To Google Play - Lots Of Videos, But No Games

Do you like Halo? I mean really like Halo, like you've got a little light-up Cortana on your desk and you actually know the names of the various rainbow color versions of the Master Chief? Can you write me a 20-page essay on the leadup to and fallout from the battle of Reach? Then today is your lucky day, because Halo has come to Android... in the form of a video app with clips and guides and stuff. OK, so maybe not especially lucky.

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Since Microsoft seems oblivious to the fact that no one really expects the next installment of Halo to blow anyone away, they've decided to try and push it as a cultural nexus analogous to Call of Duty or League of Legends.

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Xbox One SmartGlass Beta Updated To Turn On/Off The Console Using Android App And Stream Live TV In More Countries

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.

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[Update: Now On The Play Store!] Console Classic Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath Comes To Android As An Amazon Exclusive (For Now)

Update: Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath has been released on the Play Store, and glory be, it looks like it's not exclusive to anything. You can download it now on any Android 4.0 or higher device, and the Play Store version has the same external controller support and $5.99 price tag. Thanks to commenters step_jac and Amarus Kh for letting us know.

Update again: It looks like Stranger's Wrath is compatible with Android TV as well. Nice.

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The Oddworld series is one of the hidden gems of gaming: it's never been a blockbuster in terms of sales, but each game is utterly unique and brings innovative elements across setting, story, aesthetics, and gameplay.

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Future Xbox One Update Will Soon Let You Stream TV To The SmartGlass Android App, Coming First To Europe

A number of new and interesting features are headed towards the Xbox One, but I'm going to ignore most of them. What has caught out attention is the ability to stream TV to Android devices using the SmartGlass app. The feature will join the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner in coming to various European countries in the months ahead. It will allow users to stream TV to other smartphones and tablets while continuing to play games on the Xbox One.

Check out the video below to see a demo of the functionality in action. I've jumped ahead to the relevant part for you.

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Xbox One SmartGlass Beta App Updated With Ability To Purchase Games Remotely And Other New Features

Microsoft may have its own smartphone platform, but when so many Xbox gamers walk around with Android phones in their pockets, it would be a shame to ignore them (or their wallets). So the company has rolled out another update to its Xbox One SmartGlass beta app, and this one introduces the ability to purchase games and add-ons for the console remotely. It's a nice feature for people who have run out to buy an Xbox One with or without Kinect.

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This is perhaps the most substantial addition, but it's not alone. The update also provides users with the ability to like game clips and items in their activity feed like the social media addicts we've all been groomed to be.

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