Stadia, the upcoming streaming service to Google for nearly any device, including Pixel phones, is less than two weeks away from its official launch. The Google Stadia app for Android is now available for download from the Google Play Store prior to its launch on November 19.
The first way to buy games, manage your Stadia account & controllers, and start gaming on your Chromecast Ultra will be the Google Stadia app, which will be available for both Android and iOS.
Booting from the Play Store into the newly launched Google Stadia app takes you to a splash page, featuring Destiny 2 prominently. Selecting “Get Started” first prompts you to select an account, then leads to a loading popup dialog that cheekily states “Waking up the GPUs.”
Soon after, you are asked to confirm your selection of Google Account, as you will not be able to switch accounts later. You will be taken to a screen once you have confirmed the account, which will allow you to enter the invite code from your Stadia Founders or Premiere Edition kit. Without an invite code, you can’t dig further into the features of the Stadia app.
If you’re hoping to download the Android app to your Chromebook and access your Google Stadia account that way, you’re actually sadly out of luck. Google has blocked the purchase of Chromebooks from the Play Store store.
Ironically, the app has a somewhat high version number of 1.45.278447916, despite being the first version of the Stadia app to be publicly available on the Google Play Store.