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#1 Ironman273

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 15:52

The Xbox One Is Turning Your Phone Into the Only Remote You Need

 

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If you have cable, the Xbox One's TV-controlling powers are a great feature; having a list of just the channels you watch is how all cable-surfing should be. But if you have cable, you probably also have a DVR, and the Xbox One has been useless at controlling it. Until now.

 

With updates rolling out to Xbox One users in the near future, Microsoft is adding DVR control to Smartglass by way of emulating a touchscreen version of the cable box remote you love to hate on your phone or tablet. That's great—no more fumbling around the couch cushions—but unfortunately there's no One Guide-esque menu to freshen up your list of recorded shows; you just have a new way to browse it. Still, it's a step in the right direction.

 

And speaking of One Guide, the cable-channel menu you want and deserve is also coming to Smartglass, effectively turning any and all of your touchscreen devices into supersmart remotes, and giving the Xbox One more TV-powers that you don't have to open your mouth and say "Xbox!" to use. That is always welcome.

 

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These minor-but-awesome updates will definitely help the Xbox One solidify its position as the most powerful (if also the most expensive) set-top box out there. With DVR control, your phone should become the only remote you need unless you have to change inputs or do some weird picture calibration or something.

 

The continued rollout of more features means that hopefully the Xbox One's media powers will only get better. Now if only folks making those god-awful cable boxes would take a hint and start working on this stuff themselves.

 

Source: Gizmodo




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Posted 01 April 2014 - 15:56

This will be great for America. It'd be nice to get the One Guide in the UK or Australia



#3 George P

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 16:40

This will be great for America. It'd be nice to get the One Guide in the UK or Australia

 

They didn't say Australia but the UK plus Canada, France, Germany, Italy and iirc Spain will begin to preview the OneGuide and voice command options.  Only select testers it sounds like but they want to get feedback before they push it out, I figure this could be for May a June XB1 update actually.

 

The SmartGlass update and remote thing are part of the preview.



#4 spenser.d

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 16:40

Awesome! Would love to not have to use my cable remote.

#5 AngryOldPerson

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 16:53

my LG g2 already has a universal remote app but having a consolidated option in smartglass on the tablet will be nice

#6 wakjak

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 20:49

My Galaxy S4 has universal remote built in. I can do this without any Xbox gimmicks.



#7 Showan

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 21:43

They should allow for you to turn on your One via Smart Glass.  I would love to have a game or movie fired up before I even reach the tv...



#8 Zedox

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 21:50

They should allow for you to turn on your One via Smart Glass.  I would love to have a game or movie fired up before I even reach the tv...

I just said this to my friend earlier today. I agree sir.



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Posted 01 April 2014 - 21:50

Awesome! Would love to not have to use my cable remote.

It can also have functionality that NO remote - cable or otherwise - could possibly have.  (Remember, tablets and phones have functionality not possible in fixed-functionality remotes supplied with cable boxes and even Tivos.  Yes - as good as the Tivo remote is, it is still a fixed-function remote.)

 

You can turn on your One via Kinect today - entirely "remoteless".  That's the only real limitation of XB1 as a hub - the hub must be turned on first.  (However, that is true of any hub device.)



#10 aviator189

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 21:53

this is actually pretty cool, my dad will love this.  

no more flipping through remotes.  



#11 Showan

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 21:59

I just said this to my friend earlier today. I agree sir.

 

 

This lets me know that you are awesome in some shape, fashion or form...  :laugh:



#12 Zedox

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 23:14

This lets me know that you are awesome in some shape, fashion or form...  :laugh:

 

Ditto to you sir...ditto to you.



#13 ReptileX

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 23:26

I take it you'll need a Windows phone to use these features?



#14 Mr.XXIV

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 23:38

I take it you'll need a Windows phone to use these features?

 

I'm sure their gonna go ham on the iOS devices with this.



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Posted 02 April 2014 - 00:10

i though your voice is all you needed with the xbox one!