Xbox Live gaming app coming to Android ? ?
There’s a buzz going around these days that a possible Xbox Live app for Android is being made by Microsoft. It certainly appears that way based on Microsoft’s recruitment efforts. From recent postings it can be confirmed that a Software Development Engineer is set to join the Xbox Live Mobile team, and Android is mentioned by name in the post.
Responsibilities for the job include “Working with PM and test team to define, design and implement Xbox LIVE mobile experiences on Windows Phone, iOS and other platforms.” Since Windows Phone is a definite home for Xbox products and iOS already received an Xbox app last December, one must assume that “other platforms” translates to Android. If that weren’t enough confirmation, the job qualifications state that experience with “Android development is a big plus.”
An Android Xbox Live app might have a lot in common with the iOS app that serves mainly as a social tool. It allows users to edit their Xbox Live profiles, manage friend lists, learn about games, read or send messages, and view achievements within the app. Maybe Microsoft might even support more mobile games and friend connectivity that would put the Android offering on par with the Windows Phone 7 app.
In a way its a very good initiative taken by Microsoft in expanding their line of products to support the already successful Xbox Gaming Consoles. Getting Xbox Live into as many hands and as many different experiences as possible trumps pushing Windows Phone and its microscopic market share, I still think this is the right approach. What do you think, are you looking forward to playing Xbox Live games on your or Android device ?