Technology Google's Stadia controller gains basic Assistant functionality
The Stadia Controller finally works wirelessly with Android phones
The Stadia Controller is slowly but surely becoming more useful, with some of the features players might have expected at launch at last making their way to the peripheral. Basic Google Assistant capabilities had been available in early access since December, but Google is finally rolling them out to everyone. Perhaps more importantly, as of today, players can use the controller wirelessly with Android devices. You’ll need the latest version of the Stadia game-streaming app to pair the controller. Once you’ve connected your phone and the peripheral to the same WiFi network, the app will walk you through the process.
When Google announced Stadia , it talked up what the Assistant could do for players in-game: its voice assistant would answer gameplay questions and even pull up video tutorials to help with particularly tricky bits. We're now one step closer to that reality, as basic Assistant functionality is
The Google Assistant button on the controller had until now been inactive, displaying only a coming soon message on your screen upon being pushed. Today that' s finally going to change, as Google activates Stadia ' s Assistant button. To activate the feature, you must navigate to the new Google
Asreports, right now the function is only live on TVs — so mobile and desktop players will find the button does nothing. If you are playing on TV, though, don’t get too excited about the button’s offerings. It doesn’t yet detect the game you’re playing, nor offer options to provide related help. At this juncture, it operates in the same way your standard Google Assistant does: you can ask questions about the weather and control your smart home devices, for example.
Considering the Stadia controller has been lauded by Google for well over a year now, the lack of development with the Assistant button is a bit— especially as there’s little else to distinguish the controller from others. That said, progress is progress, and this small advance at least reassures players that Google is on the case, and that, hopefully, future developments will follow shortly.
Google Photos now offers more control over album sharing .
Google is making it easier to control who gets to see your most cherished memories. The next time you want to send a Google Photos album to someone, the app will prompt you to invite a specific person or group of people to look at your photos and videos through their Google account. The functionality builds on the direct sharing feature Google introduced in December to allow people to send one-off photos and videos to their friends and family and give them a place to chat about those images. Thanks to this change, you'll have more explicit control over who sees your albums. Once you send an invite, Google will let the person know through an email and in-app notification.
Similar from the Web
When Google announced Stadia , it talked up what the Assistant could do for players in-game: its voice assistant would answer gameplay questions and even pull up video tutorials to help with particularly tricky bits. We're now one step closer to that reality, as basic Assistant functionality is www.androidpolice.com
The Google Assistant button on the controller had until now been inactive, displaying only a coming soon message on your screen upon being pushed. Today that' s finally going to change, as Google activates Stadia ' s Assistant button. To activate the feature, you must navigate to the new Google www.androidpolice.com
When Google unveiled Stadia , its cloud-based streaming games platform, it showed off a button on the controller that linked directly to its Google Assistant AI helper. In a community update the company confirmed that it has rolled out "some Google Assistant functionality for your Stadia Controller ." www.engadget.com
The Google Assistant is one of the core features of Stadia , making its home right on the controller with its own dedicated button. Three strings we found suggest that it won’t be available immediately at launch, and that if it is, in-game functionality for the Assistant will come even later. 9to5google.com
Google announced yesterday that Stadia is officially launching on November 19th, and revealed a slew of more details. Presumably, this gets resolved in the future, with Google already detailing how a handful of Controller functionality — USB-C and Bluetooth audio — is coming post-launch. 9to5google.com
The Stadia Controller connects directly to Google ’ s custom gaming data centers to deliver precise control . Bluetooth Classic functionality may be implemented at a later date. ⁶The built-in mic is off until you either press the Google Assistant button or turn it on from within a game or the Stadia
When Google unveiled Stadia , its cloud-based streaming games platform, it showed off a button on the controller that Eventually Google Assistant may bring some exclusive experiences to gaming in the cloud, but right now it' s less functional than the Xbox One integration that can turn the system on and
Support for Google Assistant was recently added, adding functionality to the Assistant button featured prominently on the controller . Adding seamless wireless functionality across all platforms should be Google ' s primary focus for the moment because as it stands now the Stadia controller is
(Image credit: Google ). Google Stadia Controller . We’ll dive deeper into the Controller in a separate review, but it’ s worth spending a bit Google Assistant functionality has been added recently, along with achievements, but Google says it still needs to implement Assistant on PC and support wireless
The Google Stadia Controller is a solid first step for the fledgling game-streaming service. Another promising feature that wasn’t up-and-running was the Google Assistant button. When it’ s working, Assistant will offer a ton of in-game functionality like walkthroughs, guides or another feature set