Google’s cloud gaming service Stadia is expanding its footprint. The search engine giant has announced that Stadia will be extended to iPhone and iPad soon. Google said that Stadia will be available through an upcoming web app. The company said that it has made significant growth in building Stadia’s web app version. It will run in the mobile version of Safari. Safari is a web browser developed by the iPhone maker. Stadia was launched in November 2019 with access being limited to Pixel smartphones and Chromecast TV dongle. Google could not launch Stadia on iOS devices because of Apple’s restrictions. The company in the last year has added over 80 games and taken multiple measures to meet the competition.
Earlier in August, Apple said that cloud gaming services were permitted on the App Store. The Cupertino-based tech giant said that each game must face a review by the App Store team. Google said that its team will soon begin in-house testing of Stadia’s web app version and then go for public testing to iron out the issues. It is believed that the web app will be similar to Microsoft turning to the mobile web to launch its xCloud service on iOS. xCloud could become a reality on iOS sometime next year. Launching a web app version will help companies to circumvent the App Store’s restrictions.
Google is competing with Microsoft and other players in launching its services on iOS. Another American multinational company Nvidia has also announced to stream GeForce NOW Cloud gaming on the iOS. The company has brought a web app version of its cloud gaming service. It has already launched the beta version and is working on the stable version. Nvidia said that it will soon begin to offer Fortnite. The popular game was shunted out from the App Store following a dispute with Apple. In another related development, Amazon said that it is also developing a web app version of Amazon Luna to launch its services on iOS devices.