As TruthOvercomesLies noted on Reddit, between that Google TV ad and the excitement of the Stadia community, Stadia for Android TV managed to hit the “50K + Downloads” mark on the Google Play Store. This means that the application was downloaded between 50,000 and 99,999 downloads in less than two weeks. In comparison, Stadia’s Android mobile app has received over 1,000,000 downloads since November 2019.
Although the Stadia is officially only available for a few Android TVs and Google TVs, almost any Android TV device will be able to host download and try to play via an “experimental” option, opening the door to gaming on a wide variety of TVs and set-top boxes. After months of anticipation, Stadia was finally made available on Android TV and, in the first two weeks, the application saw a fantastic result in terms of number of downloads.
Still, Stadia for Android TV had a smooth launch last Monday, June 21st, allowing gamers to preload the app onto their devices, but not play games – at least not officially. The application wasn’t formally released until Wednesday, June 23, and we found that, the article’s author notes, despite quirks, the Stadia for Android TV offers an experience worthy of finally turning off Chromecast Ultra.
Said and done, the new Android TV app for Stadia, at least in its current state, is more than enough to get the job done.
Google definitely marked the possibility of bringing its streaming platform to Android TV and Google TV devices stably and consistently. Now that there is a stable base to work on, we expect Google to gradually add new features and tweaks to better integrate Stadia with Google TV.
Backing the play, last week Google TV showed its first Stadia ad – more specifically, the completely free Destiny 2 – on its home screen. This recommendation places video game streaming in essentially the same category as streaming a TV show or movie.