Stadia, Google’s game streaming service that will be launched on almost all devices, including Pixel phones, took less than two weeks from the official launch date. Before the November 19 launch, you can download the Google Stadia app for Android from the Google Play Store.
The Google Stadia app, available for both Android and iOS, is the primary way to buy games, manage your Stadia account and controllers, and start games on Chromecast Ultra.
When you boot into the newly released Google Stadia app from the Play Store, a splash page appears and Destiny 2 is featured. If you select “Get Started”, you will first be asked to select an account, and the words “GPU Working Ups” will appear in the Loading GPU pop-up dialog. Reader.
You will not be able to switch accounts later, so you will be asked to confirm your Google Account selection. After verifying your account, you will be presented with a screen where you can enter the invitation code from your Stadia Founders or Premiere edition kit or your buddy pass. Without the invitation code, you can no longer dig into the functionality of the Stadia app.
Google Stadia’s Play Store listing has a bit more information about the app’s UI. The default “Home” tab displays games with each one a large play button. The ‘Navigation’ tab I haven’t seen before seems to show related community posts. At the top of the page are the YouTube, Reddit, Twitter, Facebook, and Discord icons.
The Google APK Insight team took a brief look at the Stadia app and determined that Google chose to build it in Flutter, a cross-platform app SDK. In other words, when Stadia launches from the App Store, your iOS version should provide you with almost the same experience you see on Android today.
Update 11/8: Today, John McDole, Head of UI Engineering at Google Stadia, contacted me to confirm that the Stadia app is actually being built on the Flutter SDK. The Stadia team seems to have started working with Flutter a year ago when the Stadia app was in the prototype phase.
Flutter recently received support for creating apps for other platforms such as web and desktop, but McDole says that Flutter is currently only used for Stadia’s mobile apps for at least the launch period. As we suspected, the Stadia app for iOS will be powered by Flutter.
If you want to download Android apps from your Chromebook and manage your Google Stadia account, unfortunately for the time being. Google forbade Chromebooks from downloading apps from the Play Store.
Interestingly, despite the fact that this is the first version of the Stadia app to be released for the first time in the Google Play Store, the app’s version number is 1.45.278447916.