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Google Play Movies & TV Gets Updated; Adds Info Cards to the Tablet Optimized Version and More

March 27, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Today, Google through out a rather nice update to the Google Play Movies & TV app. Google unveiled a new feature, that is for tablets only at least for now, which uses facial recognition to find out who that actor or actress is. Cards will slide in from the right side with the actor’s name and information, and the bottom card will show what other movies and TV shows he or she has been in. Similar to what is shown in the screenshot above.

This morning Amazon launched their new X-Ray for TV feature, which is pretty similar to this Knowledge Graph that Google has. Google really seems to be pushing this new design with the cards which we first saw in Google Now in Android 4.1, which was announced last summer. Since then we’ve seen it pop up in a variety of other Google services and apps. Including the leaked Play Store 4.0, which we are still waiting to get our hands on.

It looks like Google is really looking to leverage their 700 million-entity knowledge graph in as many places and services as it possible could. The Mountain View tech giant says that the feature will be offered on “hundreds of movies” with more coming every day. Currently it’s only available in the US. Big surprise there right? It also only works on Android Tablets running Android 4.0 or higher. Google does say that they are hoping to add “more movies in more countries and devices soon.”

On another, but still related note, Google has now launched Play Movies in India and Mexico. So congrats to our readers in Mexico and India, you can now watch some movies from the Play Store.

How many of you have had a chance to check out this new feature? Let us know what you think about it in the comments below.

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Source: Official Android Blog;