26
Sep
movies

Google Play Movies & TV received an update to version 2.7.15 today (or yesterday, but I haven't seen anyone with an APK until today), and while the changelog is still missing, we have noticed a number of new things.

The previous version was v2.6.9, so these line up with a point release - nothing too significant, but still more than just bug fixes.

Update: I just realized that the changelog, which Google updated on September 18th, is actually current - they just never released the update until now. The changelog, which is incomplete, says:

  • Browse by TV show in "My TV Shows".
  • Buy the next episode directly from the app.
  • Several bug fixes.

Allow me to explain these and other changes I found in a more visual manner.

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What's New?

On Device menu

All of your pinned (downloaded) stuff has now been moved to its own area in the menu called On Device. Previously, On Device showed up as a section under My Movies or My TV Shows.

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Left: new Play Movies & TV; right: old Play Movies & TV

Much better My TV Shows layout

The My TV Shows layout has been cardified, which made it a lot more compact. Just look at how much more stuff fits in the viewport, especially in landscape.

This isn't just a layout change though - now instead of showing you episodes from each TV show, you get a list of shows. To see the episodes, you now need to tap into the show you want.

I like this new structured approach as it makes the clutter go away.

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Left: new Play Movies & TV; right: old Play Movies & TV

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Left: new Play Movies & TV; right: old Play Movies & TV

Next episode for TV shows

Once you click into a TV show, you now get a Next episode card along with a link to acquire it, in case you don't already own it. Better continuity means less friction to purchase = win for everyone.

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Left: new Play Movies & TV; right: old Play Movies & TV

Screenshots are now blocked

Native screenshots are now completely blocked (even via adb). Interestingly, Samsung devices, which use their own custom method of taking screenshots, could only ever capture the UI itself but not the video still, so this change only applies to devices with native screenshot functionality.

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Left: new Play Movies & TV; right: old Play Movies & TV

Info cards in Canada

Info cards that show various actor information when you pause are now apparently live in Canada.

infocards

That's all I've spotted so far, but don't hesitate to let me know if there's something I missed.

Download

If you don't have the new 2.7.15 update yet, you can grab the APK for Android 2.2+ from our mirror.

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • tylerbrainerd

    Man, so many core Google services getting updates in the last few days.

  • Frederico Silva

    Love that 'Info Cards' thing. Wish this app/service was available in Portugal..

  • Mahyar Borhani

    What about new countries?

  • mapsnetman

    Artem, I believe it's a stagged rollout which no one noticed. I got the update update few days ago and then i got another minor update yesterday. guess i was the tester

    • Peter

      same for me. i got update on 19th then again today. sorry i didnt pull the apk

  • Lucas Laws

    Now that your screenshot reminded, when I bought my 2013 Nexus 7 I got a welcome message saying I got La Luna... but it is conspicuously absent from the Play Movies&TV app. Was this just a mistake?

    • JT3

      On my Nexus 7 (not the 2013 version), I ended up with Ice Age, rather than La Luna. I haven't seen La Luna, but hey, Free Ice Age is pretty nice.

      • Lucas Laws

        I ended up with my Wonders of the Solar System, or something. But I like La Luna =(

  • JT3

    Um... anyone else not seeing the "Next Episode" tag? Does it only show up if you haven't purchased it? I'm midway through a television series for which I bought the season pass, and while I still have the "Last Watched" tag, I do not see a "Next Episode" tag. I've looked in both "Watch Now" and "My TV Shows," but don't see it.

    ...and yes, I obviously have the latest update, since I have the cardified layout.

  • Gnex

    My dream update: "Chrome for Android gets Project Butter".

    • MeCampbell30

      Chrome works just fine. On par with the webkit browser now.

      • Gnex

        Scrolling is still worse than any other browser out there and it lags and stutters all over the place. The UI, on the other hand, is beautiful.

        • louched1

          The scroll lag got to be to much for me. I switched to Chrome Beta and it doesn't have the scroll lag for my device (HTC EVO 4G LTE).

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

    you still can't reset device activations :

  • Morten Ulveseth

    (still) Not available in your country. :(

  • James Mercer

    They forgot to add "and barely any of this will work outside of the US."

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