The Stadia app for Android has received an update to version 3.2, which includes another tease of Project Hailstorm and progress towards voice chat, Android TV and much more.
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This morning, the Stadia app for Android started releasing an update to version 3.2, a significant jump from the previous version number, 2.52. While the update itself does not seem to change anything obviously, Google has worked on the surface with a number of projects and improvements.
As of the news, no doubt everyone is interested in, Stadia 3.2 actually contains an extra tease of Project Hailstorm, a mysterious effort that seems to be coming soon from Google Stadia.
Let Project Hailstorm by Stadia take your gaming experience to the next level.
In particular, this text specifies “your game experience. “This discredits one of our previous guesses that Stadia̵
It is important that Stadia 3.2 also seems to include code to begin work on Hailstorm, with two different reviews of it.
One of the most important features of Stadia for Android is that it is not possible to attend parties or use voice chat in the game. Stage 3.2 continues to work towards voice chat in Android, including work to offer separate volume levels for voice chat and party speech.
Voice chat volume (games)
Speech volume (fixed)
More specifically, this should mean that you can have your friends in party chat with a reasonable volume while voice chat in the game offered by games like Destiny 2 stays at a much lower level.
On the Android TV front, Google has included a couple of internal “flags” – toggle switches used by app developers to test features before launching, or even to launch new features once after an update will be live – related to Android TV.
The first flag suggests that Google is working on a way to report issues with Stadia’s Android TV experience. We’re not sure if this will be used by the average player, or if this is just for Google’s own testing process.
The second flag indicates that Google is working to better integrate Stadia into Android TV’s in-app purchases, making it easier for you to purchase games or add-ons directly from your TV.
Meanwhile, Ben Schoon has diligently checked out Stadia 3.2 on Android TV, and there do not seem to be any noticeable changes in the experience so far. The same goes for Chromecast with Google TV. The app’s performance generally seems the same, and it still does not look like the Stadia Controller switching option.
Keyboard and mouse support
Similar to how flags were added for Android TV, there is also a new flag related to playing Stadia games on Android with keyboard and mouse. We are not sure yet if this is meant for players to connect a keyboard and mouse to their Android phone, or if there is further preparation for Android TV.
Right to left language
Last year, Stadia expanded to a new set of European countries, including Austria, Hungary and Portugal. Stage 3.2 stocks one very small change that could point to a new set of languages and regions receiving Stadia support.
Specifically, Stadia has set “android: supportsRtl” to be true, which means that the app will now be one step closer to support from right to left languages such as Arabic, Hebrew and Urdu. Of course, much more work will still be needed before any of these languages or their regions are properly supported by Stadia.
Stage 3.2 also includes an interesting error message, which indicates that a campaign should take place once in July.
Sorry, this code can only be redeemed during the month of July.
From this we can pick up that there may be a special code you can redeem at Stadia that will be sent out sometime in July. Unfortunately, there are no clues as to what this code might be for or who is meant to redeem it – average players, content creators, event attendees, etc.
Another interesting thing we can get out of this is that Stadia’s Android app will soon have the redemption code functionality that has previously only been available on Stadia’s web app.
Email alert settings
In the Stadia for Android app today, you can select or select different push notifications for things like new Stadia Pro games, new features and invitations to games / parties / friends. With Stadia 3.2, Google is working to offer Stadia email notifications that can be configured in the app.
All email updates
Stadia store promotions
New discounts on games and game content
Information about Stadia hardware, functions, services and offers
Stages marketing research
Help improve Stadia hardware and related services
56k Modem gag
With Stadia version 2.52, Google included some really ridiculous lyrics in the app, citing the ability to stream games over a 56k modem connection – which is literally impossible. Stage 3.2 takes the trick a step further, sharing that the 56k modem support can offer “the ultimate gaming experience.”
Stadia has taken advantage of the latest in transmission technology Amplitude Modulation to deliver the ultimate gaming experience.
It should be interesting to see how this particular trick plays out, probably on April Fools Day 2021.
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