Two Google products, the Google Pixel 6a and the flagship Google Pixel Buds Pro are all set to go on sale soon. The products were announced on May 11 at Google I/O.
To focus on these new products, the company has removed the dedicated “Gaming” tab from the Google Store.
As spotted by 9to5Google, the Google Store initially featured seven categories on the top bar of the page – smartphones, watches, smart home products, laptops, subscriptions, offers and gaming. This gaming section was added in 2020 and lists products that were related to Stadia, Google’s cloud gaming service.
Since 2020, the design of the Google Store page has changed repeatedly, but the Gaming tab was always present.
Now, post Google I/O keynote, it’s been replaced with an “Earbuds” tab. Google just announced the Pixel Buds Pro with some top-of-the-line features, and these are the company’s most premium earbuds yet — and apparently, Google wants to showcase them.
The Pixel Buds Pro is going on sale in July. For those eagerly waiting, here’s some more information about the buds.
For all practical purposes, the decision to swap out the gaming tab for earbuds makes sense. Google would like to sport its latest launch, especially a major launch. But what does this mean for Stadia?
Although Stadia and related hardware are not out of stores. They appear under the “Smart Home” category, under the “Gaming” section, which has an “Overview” page for Stadia. This page links to “the Stadia controller, bundled with the Chromecast with Google TV, as well as the Chromecast’s Ethernet adapter and power support cable accessory”.
Is Google burying Stadia to focus on other products people are more interested in, such as the new buds, the upcoming Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel Watch and Pixel Buds.
But is this the beginning of the end for Stadia? It remains to be seen.