XBOX Live Statistics (BETA) – Xbox Live Comes To Android (kinda)

XBOX Live Statistics (BETA)

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A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to try out a new Windows Phone 7 handset, to give credit where it’s due, it’s a pretty good interface. It looks good, it’s intuitive and considering M$’s previous failures (hello Windows Vista) it’s something of a success. Being an Xbox user I was particularly keen on how WP7 interacted with Microsoft’s gaming platform although not anywhere near enough for me to make the switch from Android.
Well thankfully I’ll never need to make that switch (as if) thanks to the recently updated ‘XBOX Live Statistics’ app (currently in BETA). Using your log-in details this app can access your Xbox Live account and allow you to manage your account on your Android handset. Using this you can check who’s online, read and reply to messages or compare achievements with your friends. There’s also a link to the Microsoft Events Calendar so you can get in on the organised Xbox Live fun (although I’ve yet to meet anyone who actually uses the Events Calendar).

Now I can see how crap I am at games wherever I go. Great!

The UI appearance is clean and up to date with the latest xbox branding, the different screens can be navigated via the buttons on the main display or by swipe gestures. There’s also widgets you can add to your home screen that can track the number of friends online or provide quick access to the messages in your account. According to the developer’s website this is the final release of the free version, there won’t be anymore updates however you can pick up the paid version (which will be updated) for only $0.99 until the end of the year. Considering the performance and usefulness of this app, it’s an offer I may well take up. Don’t feel left out PS3 owners, the creator has also made a Trophy app, check the ‘Official Site’ link below.

Links : Install via AppBrain, Official Site

Bottom Line : Simple and tidy and yet it features some great functionality for xbox gamers who want to manage their XBL accounts via their Android handsets. Worth a look.

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