Latest Google Stadia APK prepares for touchscreen controls

Google Stadia Mar 27, 2021

Touchscreen support for the Google Stadia android app appears to be right around the corner.

According to 9to5Google, the latest Stadia APK, version 3.9, includes features for touch controls, 'Player Notes,' Android TV compatibility, and more.

9to5Google analyzed the latest APK and noticed multiple references to "direct touch" input, playing games without a controller, and even a new graphic that explains the capabilities of touch screen support.

Touch controls is one that Stadia has lacked since its launch. At launch, you were required to use the Stadia Controller. Since then, they have added support for other Bluetooth controllers. But, no mention of touch controls has ever made it to the public until now.

With the addition of touch controls, Stadia will be on par with other Cloud Gaming applications.

It is unknown as to what games will support touch controls once released, and Google has yet to announce this feature officially. So, it still may be quite some time until it is available for all to use.

Along with touch inputs, it looks like Google is also prepping to support Android TV devices. According to 9to5Google's analysis of the latest app, multiple references to 'Android TV' were spotted. It is expected that the Android TV app will act similar to the Chromecast Ultra version of the Stadia App.

Lastly, 9to5Google was able to find references to player notes, an upgrade to the capture player, and party chat.

Google Stadia continues to evolve. Although many of these features should have been available at launch, it is good to see that Google continues to develop components for Stadia.


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