Google Stadia is just two weeks away from official release and the company may be trying to build early hype for its ambitious game streaming service with the Stadia app which is now available to download from the Google Play Store.
Almost everyone can download the app with some users encountering a note stating that their devices are incompatible. Don’t expect to find anything to play just yet though.
— Shimon Das (@shimonips) November 7, 2019
Once you’ve installed and opened the app at just 129MB, you’ll be greeted with a splash screen featuring a Destiny 2 promo. You are then prompted to choose which Google account you want to use with Stadia. The app tells you is a permanent choice and you “can’t switch accounts at a later date.”
As far as we can see that’s all there is within the app right now, it appears that to progress you will need an invite code from either the Founder’s Edition or Premiere Edition . Gamers that have pre-ordered Stadia will get their codes starting November 19. For everyone else there’s an option to sign up for updates.
The app preview on the Play Store gives us a quick look at how the library and friends list will look in the final version of the app. There are also tabs for Store, Home, and Explore, with the latter providing quick links to YouTube, Reddit, Twitter, Facebook, and Discord channels, as well as a tile for the Stadia community forum.
The app notably has a dark theme which suits the dark mode introduced with Android 10. At launch Stadia will be compatible with the Pixel 2, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3, and Pixel 4 phones, as well as Pixel Slate, Acer Chromebook Tab 10, and HP Chromebook X2 Chrome OS tablets.