Keep in mind that Google may or may not ever ship these features, and our interpretation of what they are may be imperfect. We’ll try to enable those that are closer to being finished, however, to show you how they’ll look in the case that they do ship. With that in mind, read on. One of the bigger downsides of Stadia and cloud gaming in general, for some, is the requirement for a stable, high-speed internet connection. Those who are tech savvy likely already know some of the best ways to keep a solid connection while playing games on Stadia.
Stadia 3.38 is now available for Android devices via the Play Store, and it includes “playability hints” to assist enhance your connection, as well as a hint towards expanded support for the Stadia Controller in the Android TV app. APK Insight Overview: In this “APK Insight” post, we decompiled the most recent version of a Google Play Store application. We may see numerous lines of code inside these files (called APKs in the case of Android apps) that hint to possible future features when we decompile them.
For context, “Gotham” is the codename for WiFi-based input for Stadia, most notably from the Stadia Controller but also from the recently launched Phone Link. Meanwhile, “Atv” is shorthand for “Android TV” which would also include Google TV devices. As of today, Stadia’s Android TV app has a limitation of the Stadia Controller only being able to control certain parts of the app like navigating your library and playing games. Judging from this feature flag’s name, it seems Google may be working on a way for Stadia to pass your controller input through to Android TV so that “native” parts of the app can be navigated with your controller too.
For everyone else, Stadia 3.38 includes the beginnings of something called “Playability Tips.” It’s not clear where these will be shown, whether as a new help menu, as tips shown when your connection is noticeably unstable, or as advice given to first-time Stadia players. One interesting tidbit that shows up in Stadia 3.38 is a new internal feature flag, which appears to actually be for the Android TV app. This is possible because Stadia’s Android and Android TV apps are both written with Dart. While there’s no other information attached with it, the name of the flag alone speaks volumes.
At this point, it’s unlikely that the Stadia Controller will be able to work outside of the Stadia app, simply because that would likely require a significant amount of work to Android TV itself. We’ll keep an eye out for this enhancement to appear in future Stadia for Android TV updates.