Did you buy the new-and-improved 2015 Chromecast? If so, you may have forgotten that your purchase includes a free movie rental on Google Play Movies, even if you'd already purchased a Chromecast previously (offers are per device, not account - so you get one for each CC you purchased up to a maximum of five). The movie rental offer doesn't apply to Chromecast Audio purchases, in case you were wondering.
The current offer runs until the end of the year (12/31/15), so there's no rush to redeem it. As always, in order to redeem the offer, you'll need to open the Chromecast app on your device or head to cast.google.com/chromecast/offers while on the same network as or nearby your Chromecast device. Read More
There are only a few apps on the Play Store with more than a billion downloads, and you've probably heard of all of them. Most are Google apps like Gmail and Maps, but Facebook has a few on the list as well. Now, Play Movies & TV has hit this milestone just a few weeks after Newsstand did so. Read More
If you're looking forward to a night of kicking back on the couch for a serious Game of Thrones marathon – or maybe Archer – you might want to check out the latest update to Play Movies & TV. Google's premium video app just got an update to v3.9 and it adds a feature many of us will know all too well: binge watching. Also making the latest version is an easier setup experience for Roku devices. Read More
Streaming movies from Google Play is rather nice. I sort of scoffed at the feature at first, wondering why I'd want to spend that much money to rent a movie when I could wait and buy a physical copy later. But hey, $3 to $5 really isn't that much compared to watching a film in theaters, and it lets you see a movie much sooner than waiting for the DVD version to drop in price.
The thing is, Play Movies isn't available all over the world. Read More
Ooops! Noah is gone... but fortunately you can still see what happens to the animals on the Ark. The 3D animated film All Creatures Big and Small is now debuting exclusively in the Play Store, and you can download the HD film in its entirety for free.
This light-hearted movie asks the question of what happened to the animals that didn't make it on board Noah's Ark. It follows Finny and Leah as they try to survive the flood and find safety on the tallest mountain. Meanwhile, their parents attempt to turn the Ark around and rescue their kids. The subject matter may be Biblical, but the tone is hardly preachy. Read More
The Xperia Z3v is the Z3 with Verizon branding. Since the logo alone isn't enough to keep customers happy, the carrier also provides them with the largest network in the US and occasional over-the-air updates. Currently it's pushing out an OTA (version 23.0.E.1.44) that hits the Sony flagship with a number of enhancements.
The standout item on the changelog, if you're into Play Movies, is the ability to stream in HD. This is the way video was meant to be consumed on the device's 5.2-inch 1920 by 1080 display.
Other tweaks include improving NFC performance, reducing mobile data notifications during calls, and disabling HTML links in email. Read More
Update: According to our readers, quite a few more movies are free at the moment. Sherlock Holmes is free in the UK and Italy, while Pacific Rim is gratis in Australia. Clash of the Titans is available in Germany, and Canadians can get their hands on National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Folks in France can snag The Polar Express. As for the Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, it's also free in India. This list appears to be growing, so be sure to check out the comments for deals in your country.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy released in the early 2000s remains a testament to the way films can make worlds come alive right before your eyes. Read More
Version 3.6 of Google Play Movies and TV has hit the Play Store, and it shakes a few things up a bit. I'm not going to waste your time with introductions here. Let's just jump right in.
Out of the box, a new set of slides are there to introduce you to the app.
The Managed Downloads screen has received a refresh, and it's not just about looks. Content is now separated into My Movies and My Episodes. Items are also arranged into a list rather than cards. Lastly, the storage bar now located at the top shows how much space your videos are taking up and how much is still free. Read More
Play Movies is hardly a one-stop-shop for all of your video consuming needs on a mobile device, but that doesn't mean it's not a convenient option to have around. People throughout nine countries predominantly concentrated in Europe can now choose to turn to Google to rent or purchase certain films. The service has expanded to new countries, many of which also recently received Play Music.
If you click on the red Play Movies icon on an Android device in Macedonia, what you will see should look something like this.
If you're in Ukraine, this is what the app will look like. Read More
Google's apps, alongside Facebook's, remain the only Android apps to reach over 500 million users. Some of the tech giant's offerings, such as Gmail and YouTube, have even managed more than a billion downloads.
Now Play Movies & TV has become the company's latest app to join the former category. On Google Play, it resides in the 500,000,000 - 1,000,000,000 range.
This is a significant achievement for Play Movies, a brand that has only really been around since the Android Market turned into the Play Store not much more than a couple of years ago. While the service has expanded into many countries, TV shows are only available in a handful. Read More