We've all played the "Wait, who is that guy again?" or "What song is that?" while watching a movie. Now, with the latest update to the Play Movies app, if you want to get the answer to that question, all you have to do is press pause. Info cards will then pop up with face recognition of actors on screen, what other movies they're in, and what music you're hearing.



The feature only works on "supported movies" and it's a little unclear which ones those are (there doesn't seem to be any icon or indicator that shows whether any given movie in your library can show cards). However it seems to work on a number of popular titles. Unfortunately, it's only available in the U.S. right now.

Here's the full change log:

What's in this version:

On tablets, press pause to discover actors, related films, and even what song is playing. Look for movies with the info cards badge. US only.
Search across your library and the Play Store for movies & TV shows.
Receive notifications for new TV show episodes if you've purchased the season.
Select the "refresh" option in the overflow menu to checks for any updates to the library.
Now available in India!

As if that wasn't enough, though, Play Movies & TV is now available in India and Mexico. The former of which is confirmed in the release notes above, and the latter by some helpful readers and Google itself. As you can see from the screenshots below, the service is now alive and kicking south of the border.

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All in all, this is a pretty huge update today. The new actor recognition feature competes a little bit with Amazon's X-Ray service announced with the last round of Kindle Fires, and of course the Play Store international onslaught continues. Google isn't messing around.

Thanks, Luis!

Source: Google

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • Abhigyan Banerjee

    Finally. Play Movies in India. Now, all we need is Music and ALL Nexus devices to come here.

  • aghnaar

    This would be really great for a Goggles update

  • Carlos E. Torres

    Is this a good movie service?

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      I buy from Play Movies all the time. Shopping for movies in the store is a little inconsistent as far as discoverability of what is/isn't for sale/rent, but once you find something, it's a great experience. Buying TV shows/seasons is easy as pie. And the new info cards in Movies are extremely impressive.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

        I don't buy too many movies, but I rent semi-regularly, and it's wonderful. I'm still hesitant to commit to an online library until someone comes out with something like Play Music where I can add the ones I own already without paying, but I still enjoy it where it suits me.

        And since I have positive opinions of content on the Play Store BRING ME YOUR DOWNVOTES, THAT I MAY ABSORB THEM INTO MY ESSENCE.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ndnesh Dinesh Nalluri

    Nice to see movies in india!

    • Adam Miah

      Hopefully Bollywood Movies to follow :D

  • Ittiam

    That was fast, coming on the heels of devices ... Only Hollywood available though.. Hopefully bollywood would be added soon

    • Aman Yajurvedi

      Nope, check closely. Bollywood also there. Just not a category (they need to do this) and not highlighted.

      • Tanmay Agrawal

        yes..they are available..& are mostly below Rs.100

  • rvs

    we are getting closer to nexus 4 launch in India!!!!!!

  • gunsranger

    Now that they launched Nexus Line... Google rolling out all its services slowly !! Nexus line .. Welcome :D

  • Sven L.

    Maybe I will use Play Movies sometime in the distant future. Right now the movies are way to expensive, just like the books are.

  • Abhijeet Mishra

    Come on now Google, focus first on improving payment methods. I'm still no closer to buying movies or Nexus 7 here in India unless you improve that, not many here use credit cards so I'm afraid not many sales you're gonna see unless payment support is improved. If MS can do it with Windows Phone, so can you.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dileepanm Dileepan Mohanachandran

      Do you've a debit card? As long as it's Visa/Mastercard, it should work. I use my debit card.

      • Abhijeet Mishra

        Not all do. AXIS and some ICICI cards do, but my HDFC or IDBI cards don't. It's the same issue on iOS, IDBI works but most others don't. Maybe I'll call HDFC and ask if there is a way to enable support.

        • Aman Yajurvedi

          Can confirm HDFC debt card works.

        • http://www.facebook.com/dileepanm Dileepan Mohanachandran

          It should be Visa/Mastercard. Maestro won't work.

          • Abhijeet Mishra

            I know, I have no Maestro card, but it's a fact sadly: some cards work, some don't, Visa or Mastercard has nothing to do with this issue. :(

          • http://www.facebook.com/dileepanm Dileepan Mohanachandran

            Hmm..strange..seems hdfc cards work for @google-95e8eee5c9d6123cdd0623f27af7bb6c:disqus . hope the issue is fixed soon.

  • Sam Hollis

    Hopefully this will be incorporated into the website soon!

  • Aman Yajurvedi

    Google is getting so much love from India at the moment. Leading up to Google I/O. Oh I cant wait!

  • Aalok

    Love you, Google! Keep the stuff coming for the 1.2 bn strong Indian population!

  • Bala

    Hope to see all Indian regional movies soon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.loman David Loman

    Broadcasting live from Mexico City. I expected Google Music to be launched before Movies. But it doesn't matter. Last week it was Google Books, today it is Google Music, I hope Google Music comes next followed by Google Magazines. After that we only need gift cards and nexus devices. Way to go Google and thank you.