iOS and Android are the platforms where you’d least expect to find Xbox Live at this point in time, however it does exist as a crucial feature on Microsoft’s Xbox consoles as well as Windows and Windows Phone devices. It lets users collect achievements and make friends list apart from doing a lot more, and reportedly the company is now thinking about extending it to iOS and Android as well.
The Verge claims to have heard from people that have knowledge of Microsoft’s plans that Redmond is currently building up a new platform through which it will extend Xbox Live functionality to both iOS and Android. Not much is known about this platform right now, though Microsoft did drop a hint or two in a recent job posting.
Currently developers have to get certification and permission from Microsoft so that they too can get Xbox Live on their title, but it appears that the company might finally be doing away to those restrictions and opening up a bit more to developers. The aim may be to entice developers to integrate their apps and games with Xbox Live, and that Microsoft will be providing them with better tools for building apps, but it will also be a stepping stone for the company as it looks to expand Xbox Live to all major platforms.
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