The leak comes courtesy of an attendee at the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam, where we also caught sight of BT Sport's first live 8K broadcast.
A swiftly-snapped presentation slide showed that "Stadia integration" on Android TV is being planned for the Android 11 OS launch in 2020 – rather than the current Android 10 platform – several months after Stadia launches on other devices in November 2019. The same TV OS update is set to "expand home screen and instream ads offering", but we guess more advertisements is the price to pay for convenient gaming streams?
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A multi-platform service
Google Stadia has officially been announced for a host of devices and operating systems, including mobile, PC, browsers, and even consoles. However, there's been no definitive word on whether Stadia was coming to Android TV.
The inclusion makes a lot of sense, not least because Google develops the Android operating system itself.
There have also been reports of Google Stadia launching on a new Nvidia Shield TV streaming box, which also runs on the Android TV platform – with this latest leak making it all but certain we'll be seeing Stadia across the Android TV OS, which runs on select Sony TVs, Philips TVs, and sets from Hisense and Sharp.
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Henry is a freelance technology journalist, and former News & Features Editor for TechRadar, where he specialized in home entertainment gadgets such as TVs, projectors, soundbars, and smart speakers. Other bylines include Edge, T3, iMore, GamesRadar, NBC News, Healthline, and The Times.