An enterprising young reddit user has discovered some interesting new bits in the Play Store source code today. New lines of code, as well as some new strings that indicate users will now be able to watch television shows and read magazines on their devices. So far, the Play Store's video offerings have been limited to movies, and Google Currents has specialized in blogs only.
Here are the full strings found in the source code:
"This magazine issue is now available on your device."
"You have subscribed to this magazine. It is now available on your device."
"Your TV episode is now ready to watch."
"Your TV season is now ready to watch."
It's unclear whether this means users will be able to purchase or merely rent television episodes, however given the availability of "Your TV season", I'm inclined to believe it's the former. Rental windows for entire television seasons could get very complicated. It's also unclear how Google will handle magazine subscriptions. The company could fold them into an updated Currents app, although the app doesn't seem to be robust enough to handle digital magazines from major publishers. Perhaps a new Magazines app is in order.
Whatever the case, we likely won't have to wait long to find out. If you're like to poke around some of the more technical details of what Reddit scavenged up, head over to the source link below.