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Google Offers Movies on Android

10 May, 2011 By: Chris Tribbey

A day after announcing it would add 3,000 new movies for rent on YouTube, Google May 10 announced that those same movies and more would be available for rent by owners of the roughly 100 million Android devices in the market.

New releases and catalog titles from Universal, Sony and Warner Bros., along with titles from Anchor Bay and others, are available for rent from $1.99 to $3.99 at market.android.com/movies.

Movies can be rented on a PC, Android-based phone or Android-based tablet.

“You can choose to rent from thousands of movies starting at $1.99 and have them available across your Android devices — rent a movie on your home computer, and it’ll be available for viewing on your tablet or phone,” Hugo Barra, product management director for Android, wrote on Google’s official blog. “You can rent from Android Market on the Web today, and we’ll be rolling out an update to Verizon Xoom customers beginning today. We’ll start rolling out the update to Android 2.2 and above devices in the coming weeks.”

Google May 10 also launched Music by Google, a cloud-based music service that allows people to upload their personal music collections and stream them to computers and Android-based devices. The service includes playlist services.

“You can even listen to music when you’re offline: We automatically store your most recently played music on your Android device and you can choose to make specific albums or playlists available when you’re not connected,” Barra wrote.

The service currently is in beta and open to U.S. users by invitation.

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