An Android app for Xbox gamers
2:24

An Android app for Xbox gamers

Mobile Apps
I�m Antuan Goodwin, welcoming you to CNET�s Tap that App, the show were we round up the hottest apps in the mobile and launch them right into your computer screen for your enjoyment. Kinda like that asteroid from that one movie, only totally different. Anyway, if you're a hardcore devotee to Microsoft's Xbox 360 and its Xbox Live online gaming platform, you probably think that rocking a Windows Phone 7 device is the best way to keep in touch with your gamer buddies (after all Xbox Live integration is baked right in.) But what if you're also an Acolyte of Android? Should you have to decide between Xbox Live and Google's mobile platform? As it turns out, with the help of a simple app, you can have access to both on the go. Spark 360 costs a buck-fifty in the Android Market and gives you access to many, if not most, of the social aspects of the Xbox Live service. You can view your avatar and gamer picture, show off your Gamerscore and rep score, and monitor your available MS Points. There's also a list of your most recently played games with full achievement listings. From the My Messages screen, you can view, reply to, and compose messages to your Xbox Live friends so you won't miss the next Insane Horde mode run in Gears of War 3 because you're away from your console. You can also view which of your friends are online with the My Friends tab while also checking out what games they're playing and comparing Gamerscores. In your face, Brian Tong! There are also a few cool hidden tools such as an MS Points to real money converter that shows you just how much that 1200 point game or 800 point DLC pack is going to cost you in real world bucks and an Xbox Live status tool that you can use to check that everything is up and running on Microsoft's end in the event of issues with connecting. Home screen gamercard widgets of varying size round out this pretty complete Xbox Live toolkit, making Spark 360 worth the $1.50 entry price. And if you're also a Playstation Network fan, the developer also offers a plugin called Spark Trophies that allows you to roll your PSN account into the mix. That's it for this week's episode of Tap that App. If you've got an app that you'd like to see tapped, send it to tapthatapp@cnet.com. I've been Antuan Goodwin and if you'll excuse me, I've got n00bs to pwn.

Up Next

Best apps for beer lovers
tta_BeerDrinkerApps.jpg

Up Next

Best apps for beer lovers

The best in touch-screen racing
The best in touch-screen racing

The best in touch-screen racing

Google Maps is back on the iPhone
tta_googlemapsios.jpg

Google Maps is back on the iPhone

A new hope for Angry Birds
A new hope for Angry Birds

A new hope for Angry Birds

Get your food porn organized with Evernote Food
tta_0212_Food.jpg

Get your food porn organized with Evernote Food

Throw down some 360-degree tomahawk dunks with NBA Jam for Android
tta_nabjams.jpg

Throw down some 360-degree tomahawk dunks with NBA Jam for Android

Keep those racy photos and videos private with Vault for Android
tta_vault.jpg

Keep those racy photos and videos private with Vault for Android

Free voice command apps for your Android phone
tta_voiceapps.jpg

Free voice command apps for your Android phone

Ad-free streaming music that matches your mood
tta_songza.jpg

Ad-free streaming music that matches your mood

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core-w

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city-w

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
cnet-top-5-w

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
dc-site-1color-logo.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future-w

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today-w

Tech Today

Latest News All latest news

See NASA's DART Probe Make Impact With Asteroid Dimorphos
astroid-image-cms

See NASA's DART Probe Make Impact With Asteroid Dimorphos

Tesla AI Day 2022 Rumors: Elon Musk's AI Plans, Tesla Bot and Driverless Cars
tesla-ai-day

Tesla AI Day 2022 Rumors: Elon Musk's AI Plans, Tesla Bot and Driverless Cars

What It's Like Playing VR Football: NFL Pro Era Hands-On
nfl-cut-5-with-vo-00-00-34-02-still009

What It's Like Playing VR Football: NFL Pro Era Hands-On

Where and When You Should Charge Your Electric Car
title-00-00-06-19-still001

Where and When You Should Charge Your Electric Car

iOS 16: Powerful Features You May Have Missed
thumb2

iOS 16: Powerful Features You May Have Missed

AirPods Pro 2 Review: Hard to Beat for Apple Users
airpodspro2-00-00-16-15-still010

AirPods Pro 2 Review: Hard to Beat for Apple Users

Most Popular All most popular

See NASA's DART Probe Make Impact With Asteroid Dimorphos
astroid-image-cms

See NASA's DART Probe Make Impact With Asteroid Dimorphos

Apple Watch Ultra: Go Big, or Go Home
ultracnet

Apple Watch Ultra: Go Big, or Go Home

Tesla AI Day 2022 Rumors: Elon Musk's AI Plans, Tesla Bot and Driverless Cars
tesla-ai-day

Tesla AI Day 2022 Rumors: Elon Musk's AI Plans, Tesla Bot and Driverless Cars

iOS 16: Powerful Features You May Have Missed
thumb2

iOS 16: Powerful Features You May Have Missed

Why Apple Uses eSIMs on the iPhone 14
yt-e-sim-explainer-v2

Why Apple Uses eSIMs on the iPhone 14

Where and When You Should Charge Your Electric Car
title-00-00-06-19-still001

Where and When You Should Charge Your Electric Car

Latest Products All latest products

GoPro Hero 11 Black Hands-on: Super-sized Sensor for All Your Socials
gopro1

GoPro Hero 11 Black Hands-on: Super-sized Sensor for All Your Socials

I Tried Out Sony's Upcoming VR Headset on the PlayStation 5
psvr2

I Tried Out Sony's Upcoming VR Headset on the PlayStation 5

Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE: First Look
watch8-sepic

Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE: First Look

Bose QuietComfort EarBuds 2: Better design, better performance
bose-quietcomforst-ii

Bose QuietComfort EarBuds 2: Better design, better performance

Galaxy Z Flip 4 Review: A Diminutive but Fun Upgrade
flip4

Galaxy Z Flip 4 Review: A Diminutive but Fun Upgrade

Hands-On With This Massive 17-Inch Folding OLED Screen PC From Asus
yt-asus-foldable-nda-v5

Hands-On With This Massive 17-Inch Folding OLED Screen PC From Asus

Latest How To All how to videos

How to Clean Your Keyboard's Sticky Keys
3keyboards

How to Clean Your Keyboard's Sticky Keys

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC
psstill

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account
phoneonorange

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account

Fix Your iPhone Screen With Apple's Self-Service Repair Kit
dsc00641

Fix Your iPhone Screen With Apple's Self-Service Repair Kit

How to Buy a Budget Laptop in 2022
budgetlaptops-00-08-35-15-still001

How to Buy a Budget Laptop in 2022

Google Pay: How to Set Up and Use
googlepay-inhand

Google Pay: How to Set Up and Use