When Google first launched Stadia, the game streaming service was initially only available for Pixel handsets. If you don’t own a Pixel smartphone but would love to try out Stadia for yourself and see what all the fuss is about, you could be in luck because according to reports, Google is testing Stadia on non-Pixel Android devices.
According to the reports, some non-Pixel owners are reporting that they are seeing “This screen” appear as an option when they launch the Stadia app. Prior to that, users of non-Pixel phones would see a “Choose where to play” option that meant that they had to use a Chromecast Ultra or a computer.
Now that they are seeing “This screen”, it looks like these users are able to play Stadia on their non-Pixel smartphones. Oddly enough, it doesn’t seem to be permanent. Users are reporting that once their session ends, the option for “This screen” disappears and they can’t get it back again.
It is quite possibly a test by Google to see how Stadia handles on non-Pixel smartphones. Given the sheer variety of Android devices out there with all kinds of hardware and software configurations, it’s not surprising that Google is running some tests to ensure that when they do make it available, there will be minimal issues with the service.
There is currently no word on when Stadia will make its way to non-Pixel devices but this test suggests that it could be soon.