In addition to advancing efforts toward 1440p streaming and motion controls, the most recent version to Stadia’s Android app prepares the option to add reactions to posts on the Explore page.

Regarding APK Insight: We’ve decompiled the most recent version of an app that Google put on the Play Store in our APK Insight post. When we decompile these files—known as APKs for Android apps—we can find numerous lines of code that allude to potential future features. Remember that Google might or might not ever deploy these features, and our understanding of what they are might be limited. However, we’ll try to give those that are nearly finished a chance to demonstrate how they’ll seem if they do ship. Read on with that in mind.

DISCUSS POST REACTIONS The Explore tab, which provides a stream of publicly uploaded screenshots and videos of Stadia games, is one of Stadia’s key social features. We discover that Google has been working on something termed “emoji reactions” in the upgrade to Stadia 4.18, which is currently going out via the.

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The only indication we could discover of how these reactions may be used makes reference to Explore, even though the most apparent application of emoji reactions like this would be for Stadia’s built-in messaging features.

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Based on this, we predict that players of Stadia will soon be able to express their thoughts via emojis in response to screenshots of other players. The final product might resemble Facebook’s post-reaction options a little bit.

STREAMING AT 1440P We have progressively observed Google’s preparations towards a dedicated 1440p streaming option to match what desktop users can already enjoy over the course of the last two releases to Stadia’s Android app. A new hidden toggle in the most recent version enables Google to test 1440p streaming or, in principle, to eventually make it available to Stadia users.

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MOTION REGULATORS The Google Stadia team has also been working on motion control functionality, which would let you play some games by tilting or moving your phone. Stadia 4.18 shows steady advancements in these motion controls, including what appears to be a toggle for motion on and off.

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This teaches us that the gamepad layout of some games will determine whether or not Stadia’s motion controls function with them. It appears likely that motion controls will only be available for games that actively support them, based on the work Google has done toward customized touch controllers for Stadia games.

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