Stadia, Google’s next streaming service for nearly all devices, including Pixel phones, is less than two weeks away from its official launch.
Prior to launch on November 19th, the Google Stadia app for Android will be available for download from the Google Play Store.
With the Google Stadia app, available for Android and iOS, you can primarily buy games, manage your Stadia account and controllers, and start playing Chromecast Ultra.
Start in the new Google Stadia app, launched from the Play Store, and go to Destiny 2’s home page.
If you click on “Start”, you will first be asked to select an account. A loading window then appears indicating that the GPUs are activated.
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You’ll be prompted to confirm your Google Account selection shortly, because you will not be able to switch between accounts later.
Once the account is validated, you will open a screen where you can enter the invitation code of your Stadia Founders or Premiere Edition kit or a friend’s passport.
Without an invitation code, you can not further enhance the functionality of the Stadia app.
However, the Google Stadia List Play Store will tell you something more about the application’s interface. The main Home tab displays your games, each with a large play button.
The hitherto unknown “Explorer” tab will appear to display the relevant news from the community. At the top of this page we also see icons for YouTube, Reddit, Twitter, Facebook and Discord.
Our APK Insight team quickly reviewed the Stadia app and found that Google apparently opted to create it in Flutter, Google’s cross-platform SDK application.
This means that the iOS version should offer a nearly identical experience to the one we see today on Android once Stadia is launched on the App Store.
Although Flutter has recently supported the creation of applications for other platforms, such as the Web and desktop computers, McDole states that Flutter is currently used only for Stadia’s mobile application, not so much during the launch phase.
As we suspected, the Stadia app for iOS is also supported by Flutter.
If you’ve been hoping to download the Android app to your Chromebook and manage your Google Stadia account in this way, you’re currently unlucky.
Google has banned Chromebooks from downloading the app from the Play Store.
Interestingly enough, while this is the first version of the publicly available Stadia app in the Google Play Store, it has a slightly higher version number, namely 1.45.278447916.
The launch of Google Stadia on November 19 is for users who have pre-ordered Stadia Founders Edition or Premiere Edition offerings on the Google Store and are getting a buddy pass from their founder.
Be curious about the latest Stadia news and pre-launch updates.
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