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The Stadia Controller finally works wirelessly with Android phones

Kris Holt
Contributing Writer
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: The new Google Stadia gaming system controller is displayed during a Google launch event on October 15, 2019 in New York City. Google's Stadia game streaming service will launch on November 19th. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The Stadia Controller is slowly but surely becoming more useful, with some of the features players might have expected at launch at last making their way to the peripheral. Basic Google Assistant capabilities had been available in early access since December, but Google is finally rolling them out to everyone. Perhaps more importantly, as of today, players can use the controller wirelessly with Android devices.

You’ll need the latest version of the Stadia game-streaming app to pair the controller. Once you’ve connected your phone and the peripheral to the same WiFi network, the app will walk you through the process.

It’s a welcome update, but it’s a feature that really should have been a part of Stadia from the jump. Before today, the only way players were able to use the controller with an Android phone was via a cumbersome cable. Not only will the wireless connection negate the need for the cable, it’ll free up your phone’s port for other useful gear, such as a headset or charger.