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Android’s Game Dashboard is quietly expanding to more devices

Three Android phones running three games with a wooden board background

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TL;DR

  • Android’s Game Dashboard debuted for the Pixel 6 series earlier this year.
  • It now appears that Google is quietly rolling out the feature to more Pixel phones.
  • It’s possible the feature will find its way to non-Pixel phones.

If you love playing games on your phone and you’re a Pixel 6 owner, you might be familiar with Android’s Game Dashboard. Originally only available for the Pixel 6 series, the feature is now appearing quietly on other smartphones.

Earlier this year, Android 12 introduced a new feature for mobile gamers called Game Dashboard. The feature appears as an interface that lets you quickly take screenshots, track your frames per second (fps), record gameplay, and even stream directly to YouTube. You can find it in the top right corner of the screen where a controller icon will appear.

According to Esper’s Sr. Technical Editor, Mishaal Rahman, the feature was tied to SystemUIGoogle, exclusive to Pixel phones, and only enabled on Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. However, Rahman said that Google appears to be working on a way to bring it to Google Play Services.

By the time Android 13 came out, Google had accomplished the task of making the dashboard a part of Google Play Services. As a result, Android 13 eventually brought the feature to the Pixel 6a. Now that Android 13 is more widely available, the feature seems to be making its way to older Pixel devices.

According to Rahman, Pixel 4 and 5 series owners have started to find Game Dashboard on their devices. If you want to see if your phone has the feature, all you have to do is go to Settings, scroll down and click Google. If you have the feature, you will see the game dashboard in the list below and can enable it.

Toggle game dashboard

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If you have a non-Pixel device, there is still hope for you. Now that Game Dashboard is essentially an Android 13 feature, it’s possible that Google could eventually enable the feature on other devices.

https://www.androidauthority.com/android-game-dashboard-3212521/ Android’s Game Dashboard is quietly expanding to more devices

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