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Google to preload Chromebooks with the Stadia web app

A code change request that I spotted today refers to preloading the Stadia app to Chromebooks.

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Stadia on Chromebook

According to the Stadia Community, the Android app is not available for Chrome OS. You should be using the web version of Stadia instead.

This is something that we should keep in mind while reading the following code reference.

“[Default Apps] Add Stadia to the default app order.”

“Add the Stadia app ID and preload it after Duo on the first page.”

The feature request bug also makes this clear:

“Issue 1125414: [Default Apps] Preload Stadia on eligible devices”

The bug page link to a document with the list of “eligible devices”. However, this document is private.

Preloading the web app

The list of preloaded apps on Chrome OS is a mix of everything. However, looking within the code change, we might be getting the web app version, and not the Android app.

Here is further proof that this will be the Stadia web app:

Summary

If everything goes according to plan, your next Chromebook will come with the Stadia app preinstalled.

This will make it easy for Google to promote the Stadia gaming service.

Are you a Stadia user? I would love to hear your thoughts on this change.

Source: Chromium Gerrit and bugs.chromium.org.

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2 responses to “Google to preload Chromebooks with the Stadia web app”

  1. If I don’t use Stadia, would it be more efficient to delete it from my computer?

    1. Just pretend that it is not there.
      But yea, it is easy to remove apps. Right-click and uninstall.


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