In version 3.9 of Stadia, currently available through a new update, the Google platform is ready to make room for several new features, including the much-requested touchscreen controls on Android. The function seems not to be active yet, but it is probably in the pipeline. Among the other innovations in the pipeline, a Stadia app is specifically developed for Android TV.
It seems that Google is testing the touchscreen controls for Stadia on Android. The news comes from the 9to5Google site, which analyzed the recently available version 3.9 of Stadia on Android. In the update, there are apparently several rather explicit references regarding a “direct touch” function.
Once enabled, this new option will allow Stadia users to interact with items in games directly on the screen or continue to use a Bluetooth or USB controller. The function seems not to be active yet, and it is not yet clear which games will support it, but it will probably not be long in coming. For now, the functionality is expected only on Android.
According to the 9to5Google site, there is also other news coming up, including support for Android TV for Stadia. Also, there are explicit references in the update notes, but nothing has been confirmed yet. Other small changes include a group chat and improvements in the friends’ list and video playback. We, therefore, expect a short introduction to this juicy news.