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Google laid out a few important announcements today, which included both Android 4.3 and a new streaming device called Chromecast among others. As a result, the Play Music app was updated with support for Chromecast streaming last night, and Play Movies & TV received a very similar update today.

What's New

  • Send what you’re watching to your TV screen (when used with Chromecast).
  • Support for virtual surround sound on the new (2013) Nexus 7, and on the Nexus 10 running Android 4.3.
  • Watch Now sync enabled across devices.
  • Several bug fixes.

The Movies update also brings support for virtual surround sound – a feature found natively on the new Nexus 7, but also comes to the Nexus 10 by way of the Android 4.3 update. The new Movies & TV app is available now in the Play Store – you can find it by following the widget below, or checking for app updates in your device's Play Store.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • DKRACING

    So no Nexus 4?

    • Sam

      Nexus 4 has one speaker

      • mechapathy

        Thaaaat'd be why. I'm glad you thought of that, cuz I was puzzled as well. But that doesn't explain why there's no support via headphones.

        • andy_o

          disappointing if it's only for speakers. I've been hoping for Dolby Headphone or something as effective on mobile for a long time.

          • mechapathy

            Well, in the keynote Hugo said it's for speakers and headphones. Maybe that'll be coming later? I dunno, I'm a little confused again.

          • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

            Maybe he just fucked up when he said it. That seems more likely to me. Although I'd LOVE headphone support. :D

  • Jiggy

    I don't see any 'share by chromecast' button (even a disabled one) in these apps...? :(

    • Justin

      It doesn't show up unless it detects a chromacast on the network.

    • Simon Belmont

      Probably because a Chromecast needs to be installed and operating nearby. That's my guess.

      If you get a Chromecast, the button will probably appear. Just my two cents.

      • just me

        Button appeared for me when I was running Netflix or YouTube on my ps3 :D

  • Simon Belmont

    The Chromecast is already sold out on the Google Play Store. Keeping my fingers crossed on Best Buy or Amazon.

    It's getting kind of old refreshing the pages. Oh well.

  • just me

    Hey I just found out the chromecast automatic detect stuff works for the ps3 Netflix and YouTube apps as well. Fricken cool!

  • Khanh

    it was an instant buy for me. Cant wait!!!

  • WestIndiesKING

    Where is the google drive chromecast support Google!!! This should've been a key app for this.

    • Grimmjow

      cast a spreadsheet on the TV eh?

      • WestIndiesKING

        projectors have HDMI ports so this would work great in meetings and really its about streaming video from Google Drive to the screen. Prefect example my GF has working out routine that is being shared by another from on Google Drive. She would just able to share it from her phone to the TV easily.

        • http://googleplus.VoluntaryMan.com/ William Thieme

          I bet they'll add support soon.

    • skitchbeatz

      perhaps it will come! it's still in beta ;-)

  • duse

    Think movies sent to the Chromecast via this app will properly include 5.1 audio? Would it be better to plug the Chromecast into my receiver, then HDMI to TV, or into the TV, and optical to receiver? Or no difference? Hoping this can replace cable provider's on demand for movie purchases.

  • mrjayviper

    was waiting for personal videos on my microSD to make a comeback. not on this version at least :/

    come on google, even apple doesn't restrict its user this way!