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Google Stadia app comes to iOS, but it is not for playing games

Image via Apple App Store
Image via Apple App Store
Google's Stadia app is now available for iOS. However, this version of the app will not be able to play games when the service launches next week; rather, it is designed to manage a user's Stadia library. Surprisingly, the app already has a 4.6-star rating despite not being able to do anything yet.

Google’s Stadia streaming service is officially launching next week. Surprisingly, the Stadia app recently popped up on the iOS App Store. However, there’s a catch.

The Stadia app for iOS isn’t for playing games; that privilege is reserved to the Pixel 2, Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, Pixel 4, and their XL counterparts for now. Instead, the Stadia app for iOS can be used to manage a Stadia library, just like it should on other non-Pixel handsets.

To that end, the Stadia app seems useless. Considering the same operations can be done on a device that supports game streaming, and considering a user would have to have one of these supported devices to enjoy Stadia, the iOS app feels redundant. Additionally, the iPhone app can’t do anything until the service launches next week. 

The Stadia app for iOS is currently enjoying a 4.6-star average over 76 ratings. Hilariously, most of the comments on the app pertain to the Stadia service itself rather than the app, and these are short statements exclaiming excitement for the service the commenters are. 

If you want to download the Stadia app for iOS to acclimate to its UI in anticipation of next week, you can download it through the Apple App Store.

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Sam Medley, 2019-11-13 (Update: 2019-11-13)
Sam Medley
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I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.