Due to the restrictions of the App Store, Google preferred not to offer its Stadia app on iOS. However, the Mountain View firm has not given up on offering its cloud gaming service to users of Apple products. But instead of offering a native iOS application, the company opted for the PWA or Progressive Web App format. In essence, a web application.
Today, iPhone and iPad users can already access Stadia by going to the web app’s site, on Safari. And this week, Google is rolling out the same feature to Android as well. Thus, Stadia users on the Google platform will have the choice between using the native application or the web application.
The arrival of the Stadia PWA on Android was spotted by a user who is relayed by our colleagues at 9to5Google. And subsequently, Google confirmed to this site that the feature is well being rolled out among gamers.
Android Stadia PWA is rolling out!
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Obviously, since a native Stadia application was available on Android, this PWA was not a necessity on the Google platform. However, this is a way to access the platform very quickly, without having to install an app.
We are discovering the arrival of the PWA on Android while recently, Stadia also decided to strengthen its search engine in order to help players easily find the content they are looking for.
xCloud, soon available on iOS thanks to a PWA
For cloud gaming services, web applications are a good solution to bypass Apple’s restrictions on this type of application. Moreover, Microsoft plans to follow in Google’s footsteps by also offering a web application for xCloud that will allow access to the cloud gaming platform from iPhone and iPad.
Currently, this web application is in beta testing. And a week ago, Microsoft indicated that this one will be available soon. “In the coming weeks, browser cloud gaming will open to all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members. With support for Edge, Chrome and Safari, gamers will be one click away from playing on almost any device ”, indicated, more precisely, the firm of Redmond.
In addition, it would not be surprising if other players interested in cloud gaming, to name only Amazon and Facebook, also decide to use PWAs in order to offer their services on Apple mobile devices.