Google has recently confirmed that its Game Dashboard functionality, so far exclusive to Pixel smartphones with Android 12, and which was brought to the debut on the Google Pixel 6 series, will arrive on other devices in the future, through the implementation inside of Google Play Services.
A fundamental requirement for the functionality will be the update to Android 13: the new Google Pixel 6a, as stated by Google itself, will get the Game Dashboard on the occasion of the update to Android 13, expected for the autumn; consequently, the words of Google reported at the beginning could leave room for interpretation.
Game Dashboard: With Android 13 it will arrive on the Pixel 6a and, perhaps, on other devices
It is not the first time that we find ourselves talking about the Game Dashboard, the set of features dedicated to users in possession of a Google Pixel 6 or Google Pixel 6 Pro who play from smartphones.
The much-appreciated feature has been at the center of speculation for weeks, thanks to the usual insider Mishaal Rahman who, first, had anticipated that something was moving, from the parts of Mountain View, to implement the functionality within Google Play Services. , opening the scenarios, in fact, to a possible arrival on Android smartphones other than Google Pixel.
In the changelog of the Google Play system update of the month of July, Google has confirmed that more smartphones will receive the functionality, so far exclusive to some Pixels. However, the fact that the most recent Google Pixel 6a does not currently have the functionality and that it will receive it as a dowry with the future update to Android 13 leaves, as anticipated at the beginning, room for interpretations of the words of Big G.
Below is the passage relating to the Game Dashboard, contained in the details about the Google Play system update of July 2022, which you can find, in extended form, on the dedicated page on the Google support portal.
- [Phone] The game dashboard allows you to choose longer battery life or higher performance, block calls and notifications while playing the game, access Play Games achievements and more. Available on select devices with Android T.
The doubt, therefore, does not concern the fact that the functionality, initially part of the update to Android 12 dedicated to the Pixel, would have been implemented within the Google Play Services, as evidenced by a slow development path, but concerns the possible arrival on other devices: on the Android landscape, in fact, various manufacturers already have functions similar to the Google Game Dashboard within their own customized interfaces.
The arrival on other smartphones, therefore, could be interpreted both as “it will arrive on the Google Pixel 6a with Android 13 ″ and as“ it will arrive on the Google Pixel 6a but also on other selected devices with Android 13 ”.
To understand Google’s real plans, therefore, we will have to wait for the release of Android 13 for non-Google-branded smartphones; if it was not understood, however, the Google Pixel 6a, which in the meantime has received the first software update of its career, will soon receive the new feature.
Bringing up Mishaal Rahman again, we discover that the implementation of the Game Dashboard through Google Play Services requires a handful of dedicated APIs and some changes to existing APIs that were not part of the Android system itself in Android 12: in fact, To implement the functionality within Google Play Services, the development team had to slightly modify the modus operandi of some parts at the system level, making them dependent on Android 13.
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