Stadia 4.22 prepares responses for the Explore tab, a warning about “too many players,” and more

Version 4.22 of the Stadia Android app features a warning about too many players, as well as preparations for reactions on the Explore page.

Regarding APK Insight: We’ve decompiled the most recent version of an app that Google put on the Play Store in our APK Insight post. When we decompile these files—known as APKs for Android apps—we can find numerous lines of code that allude to potential future features. Remember that Google might or might not ever deploy these features, and our understanding of what they are might be limited. However, we’ll try to give those that are nearly finished a chance to demonstrate how they’ll seem if they do ship. Read on with that in mind.

DISCUSS POST REACTIONS Emoji reactions may now be added to posts on the Explore page, a Stadia team innovation that we first saw last month. The Stadia app includes a new message that will be displayed when classifying a previously shared screenshot or video as private, according to the most recent update.

Related posts will be hidden and you will lose reactions if you make this capture private.

We also learn that Stadia is preparing an internal flag that might be used to enable the feature in the future without requiring gamers to download a new update.


WARNING FOR TOO MANY PLAYERS Google appears to be ready for the speculative situation where there are more concurrent Stadia players than a certain location can support with a new warning message added with Stadia 4.22. Future Stadia (and Immersive Stream) expansions may bring the service to areas where Google Cloud doesn’t have a large presence, which would make sense even though this message is unlikely to emerge in the United States, at least not without some considerable growth.

You’re currently playing on a server that is farther away than usual since there are currently too many players in your location. Playing is still possible, although there might be some problems.

The message claims that Stadia will simply provide a Play anyhow option that will transfer gamers to a Google Cloud server that is farther away to handle such an overflow occurrence. Even though this wouldn’t be perfect in terms of latency, it is still preferable to being completely unable to play.

PLAYER FOR SPECTATOR MEDIA? We think Stadia is working on a means to watch a Stadia-powered livestream right in the app, as we originally saw back in November. With numerous additional references to something called a Spectator Media Player, Stadia 4.22 continues that endeavor.

A media player for the audience has been connected, started, and stopped.

Although it’s too soon to say for sure, it appears that this streaming may be local to Stadia rather than going through YouTube. For instance, Stream Connect is a feature that some games have enabled that allows you to watch your colleagues play Stadia in real time. A new piece of code up until that point indicates that you can share a stream on Stadia with your current party.


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