Published: 07.59 Europe/London, May 11, 2011
Google has announced a new cloud movie service for Android that will be available as part of the Android Market. At its Google I/O developers conference, the company said the service will have “thousands of movies available,” with titles including Inception, The King’s Speech, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Despicable Me, and rentals starting at $2.99 (€2.00).
The announcement follows the US launch of YouTube premium movie rentals, which apparently has the same titles available. The Android Market will offer movies to view on the computer, as well as download them on Android devices, both phones and tablets, for playback later.
Verizon customers who own a Motorola Xoom tablet can begin renting movies directly from the device. In coming weeks, an update to the Android software will expand that feature to other devices.
At the conference, Google also introduced its Music Beta service for Android, which will store song libraries and playlists, and will suggest music based on listeners’ collections. The music itself will be stored in the cloud rather than stored locally, much like the Amazon streaming music service announced earlier.