Synergy between devices is one of the next major phases in the evolution of mobile computing. We've seen smartphone-as-a-remote apps for both Android and iOS, but today Microsoft announced the Xbox Companion App for Windows Phone 7. When it's released, the Companion App will let you browse for content on Xbox Live, select it and command your Xbox 360 to play it. The Companion App acts as a remote control for your Xbox 360, perhaps solving the issue of having to occasionally type a lot of info via a standard Xbox 360 controller or remote.

No word yet on availability.

Source: The Windows Phone Blog

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  • B3an - Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - link

    I dont get the point of it? It's far easier to just use the 360 controller to select something, or use the keyboard attachment for typing.

    Surely there must be some other benefit?
  • Money Loo - Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - link

  • iguelmay - Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - link

    Nice, I think Microsoft is opening a small window of opportunity to pull an Xbox 360 with windows phone. If they can integrate they're three platforms together (windows, WP, and Xbox) then I think there's an exciting future ahead of us.

    Awesome stuff like using your WP to browse the TV guide while watching another channel on your XBOX.

    Get your xbox friend messages on your phone, and reply on your phone - anywhere.

    Remote control your HTPC or Xbox with a windows tablet to seamlessly bring up media on your big screen TV (thats the ideal way to watch youtube/starcraft with friends).

    This is the beginning... I hope.
  • tdawg - Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - link

    I'm hoping that I can somehow remotely turn on my xbox so I can queue demos and such for download and then turn on my xbox so that the downloads are complete when I get home. Not sure how that'd be possible, but it'd be nice if it could be done.
  • pukemon - Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - link

    in using the standard controller, the dvd remote, chat pad, and kinect if you have and or all of those, and this if you have a windows phone... can't say you don't have a lot of of different ways to navigate around the xbox 360
  • steven75 - Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - link

    Apple TV pros:
    much less expensive
    much less power hungry
    much smaller
    much quieter (no moving parts)
    much faster boot (always on)

    360 Pros:
    can play 360 games
  • B3an - Thursday, October 6, 2011 - link

    Lol @ Apple TV.
  • 1reader - Thursday, October 6, 2011 - link

    360 pros:
    can actually be found in people's homes
  • Visual - Thursday, October 6, 2011 - link

    Someone has to make something like this for controlling a HTPC's TV tuner app, it will be a great hit to completely replace your TV remote with your phone.

    Some phones back in the days actually almost did that, with their IR diodes and suitable apps they could become universal programmable remote controls, but now almost no phone has IR any more. And besides, specifically for the case of controlling a HTPC, doing it through an IR receiver seems a redundant complication when both the PC and the phone are already connected with wifi anyway.
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