This version brings something that’s been very frequently requested: background updates; specifically for friends and messaging; with notifications now optional. To keep things reasonable, games aren’t updated in the background (unless you have a widget on your home screen – in which case, they are).
Full list of changes:
- Smoother scrolling and faster loading for the Friend list
- Favorite friends – “star” any friend in the friend list to mark them as “favorite”
- Background updates! Spark can now perform friend and message updates in the background, with optional notifications for new messages and friends (any or favorite) coming online
- Bug fixes
- Minor visual changes
I should also mention that I realize that not everyone was happy with the new color scheme for the app. A not-so-distant future release will bring back the traditional green Xbox theme. Thanks to all of you who expressed your concern.
UPDATE: 3.02 provides a fix for the friends list not loading on new installations. Sorry for the inconvenience.