Google typically attends the International Broadcasting Convention to unveil it’s latest Android TV developments. This year was no different, and the most exciting thing Google announced for the platform is coming with the Android 11 update: Google Stadia integration.
An IBC attendee saw that Stadia integration was listed on the Android TV road map and sent a picture to XDA Developers. Here is the full list of everything Google has planned through 2021:
- Android 10 Q/2019
- Assistant for Operators EAP (Early Access Program).
- Play Store refresh, subscriptions & discovery.
- Single build programs & turnkey OTT (Over-the-top) device.
- Pilot homescreen and instream ads.
- Performance test suite.
- 5.0k Android TV compatible apps in the Play Store
- Android 11 R/2020
- Assistant for Operators GA (General Access) more partners & i18n (internationalization.)
- Assistant farfield reference designs, improved x-device targeting.
- Hero device advancing next-gen smart home UX, e.g. Lens, Camera.
- Expand homescreen and instream ads offering.
- Stadia integration.
- Reference video broadcast.
- 8.0k Android TV compatible apps in the Play Store?
- Android 12 S/2021 & beyond
- Assistant for Operators: continuously improve quality, i18n (internationalization), and operator integrations.
- Hero device program advancing next-generation.
- Continue to lower TTM/TCO (time to market/total cost of ownership) & expand monetization options.
- Less fragmentation in HW (hardware) + SW (software) solutions, fewer builds.
- Hold the line on memory & power, critical user journeys.
- Continuous performance monitoring of production devices.
- 8.0-10k Android TV compatible apps in the Play Store?
Google Stadia already has planned support for the desktop, mobile devices, and Google Chromecast. It was only a matter of time before Google announced Android TV integration.
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Even though Stadia is set to launch this November, Android TV won’t support Stadia until it receives Android 11 in 2020. We don’t know why Google is waiting until next year’s major Android update to release the service on Android TV, but there is probably a good reason for it.
When it does receive Stadia integration support, Android TV will become an even more competitive multimedia set-top offering. Sure, Apple TV will have Apple Arcade, but Google Stadia will have Cyberpunk 2077. ‘Nuff said.