You can download and install the Stadia for Android TV app from the Google Play Store now, but we still have something to do.
For months now, we’ve been tracking the development of an Android TV app for Stadia, Google’s game streaming service. Earlier this month, Google announced that Stadia would be available to play on Android TV and Google TV devices on June 23.
As noticed by a member of the Android TV Reddit community, Stadia for Android TV is now available for download from the Play Store. As you might expect, since June 23 hasn’t debuted yet, the app doesn’t currently allow you to play Stadia games. Instead, you are greeted with a “coming soon” message.
Stadia is currently unavailable for Android TV
However, before you see this message, you are brought through the Google Account selection screen. This strongly suggests that Stadia for Android TV will support signing in with multiple accounts, something the mobile app cannot.
Notably, Stadia for Android TV has a different package name than the mobile app, which means they are two separate apps with two different Play Store listings. In the new Play Store listing, we find a new demo screenshot (above) that shows support for Party Chat, one more This feature is not yet available in Stadia’s mobile app.
Another key difference between the two versions of the app is that the Android TV app uses significantly less space. While the Mobile Stadia APK uses over 100MB of storage space, the Android TV app uses only 56MB. On devices with severely limited storage amounts, such as the Chromecast with Google TV, which only has 4.4GB available, this shortcoming is greatly appreciated.
If you sideloaded the mobile app to your Android TV, you can still play from that version of the app until Stadia’s Android TV app launches properly on Wednesday. Since they are considered separate apps, you can install them both side by side, but you may want to uninstall the mobile app later to save storage space.
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