What you need to know
- Google’s Gamepad may soon be available on other Android 13 phones.
- The new Google system updates change history indicates that it is coming to select devices running Android 13.
- The feature debuted as a Pixel exclusive with the launch of Android 12 last year.
The Google Game Dashboard has been exclusive to the Pixel phone since it debuted with Android 12, but that could change soon as suggested by a new update to Google System Updates.
Android Police (Opens in a new tab) Discover an update Google System Updates Change History (Opens in a new tab) which confirms that the Control Panel will access “select” devices running Android 13. It states: “[Phone] Game Dashboard lets you choose longer battery life or higher performance, block calls and notifications when playing, access Play Games Achievements, and more. Available on select Android T devices.”
An initial guess based on its language leads us to believe that this gaming experience will come to the Google Pixel 6a, which recently hit store shelves. It launched with Android 12 out of the box, but the game’s control panel feature will almost certainly appear when it’s updated to Android 13.
However, the change is not clear on whether the game console will also reach devices other than Pixel running Android 13. As Android Police points out, this only confirms that the feature is coming to one of Google’s best cheap Android phones.
You can use this feature to quickly access performance settings tweaks, livestream your gameplay via YouTube, view your Google Play achievements, and disable notifications.
Android Central has contacted Google for comment and will update this post as soon as we receive a response.
Whether the game dashboard will reach third-party Android phones remains speculation at the moment. But Recent clues (Opens in a new tab) He hinted that the feature might reach Google Play Services in the future. Pixel owners can only hope they head in that direction.