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Technology The Stadia Controller finally works wirelessly with Android phones

02:07  01 july  2020
02:07  01 july  2020 Source:   engadget.com

Google ‘experiments’ with Stadia access on more Android phones

  Google ‘experiments’ with Stadia access on more Android phones Google Stadia is a good idea -- on-demand cloud gaming -- but it’s mostly been a disappointment thus far. The library is lacking, performance is iffy and the mobile app only works on certain Android phones. Google announced that it’s fixing that last complaint -- any Android phone that can access the Stadia app can try out the company’s gaming pipe dream. However, this is just a test -- or an “experiment” as Google calls it. To try it out,To try it out, download the app, go to the settings menu and find the “Experiments” tab, then choose “Play on this device.” Performance may be lackluster, depending on your phone, but it may be worth checking out if you’re desperate for some gaming on the go.

Google is releasing a new Stadia update for Android that enables wireless controller support for the Stadia controller . It has taken more than six months since Google originally launched its Stadia service back in November as a subscription to stream games to TVs, Android phones , and the web.

Google rolls out wireless gameplay using the Stadia Controller on your Android phone . However, if you wanted to play games with your phone using the Stadia Controller , you needed to awkwardly plug in the controller with a USB cable since the controller could not wirelessly connect.

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.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: The new Google Stadia gaming system controller is displayed during a Google launch event on October 15, 2019 in New York City. Google's Stadia game streaming service will launch on November 19th. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: The new Google Stadia gaming system controller is displayed during a Google launch event on October 15, 2019 in New York City. Google's Stadia game streaming service will launch on November 19th. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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.

It’s a welcome update, but it’s a feature that really should have been a part of Stadia from the jump. Before today, the only way players were able to use the controller with an Android phone was via a cumbersome cable. Not only will the wireless connection negate the need for the cable, it’ll free up your phone’s port for other useful gear, such as a headset or charger.

Samsung and Xiaomi’s midrange phones dominate Android bestsellers list in Q1 2020 .
‘Android is entering a post-premium era’“As mobile operators have reduced subsidies in recent years, and many countries are now tumbling into post-virus recession, smartphone consumers globally are becoming increasingly price-sensitive,” Strategy Analytics Associate Director Juha Winter explains, “Consumers want value-for-money devices with good-enough specs at affordable prices. Android is entering a post-premium era.

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