Today

Amid a flurry of other developments this weekend, Google has launched stadia.com ahead of Tuesday’s launch. It’s how you play games on the web, and also serves as an introduction for prospective customers.

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Ahead of the streaming service’s launch on Tuesday, Google is getting ready to send out Founder’s Editions to the first pre-orderers. The process begins with a Google payment charge for Stadia before the first shipments tomorrow.

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Yesterday

In September, Google announced Assistant Ambient Mode at IFA 2019. It provides a “visual overview” of your day — like a Smart Display — when your device is charging. Over the past day, there have been reports of the experience rolling out to more phones.

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In this week’s top stories: Google Camera 7.2 arrives on older Pixel phones including Pixel 3, Google officially begins the rollout of their carrier-bypassing RCS service in the US, Google Photos gains a new image actions carousel, and more.

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November 15

Wednesday’s Stadia AMA confirmed that you’d need to use the Chromecast Ultra included with Founder’s Edition on day one. Stadia Controller pairing this evening looks to already be available on existing streaming dongles.

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Restaurant and place discovery is increasingly a big part of Google Maps. The service is now planning to integrate crowdsourced Local Guide recommendations in the “For you” tab. Meanwhile, on the navigation front, Google Maps for Android has a new 3D layer control.

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