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Google Play Movies Updated to v3.1 With Slightly Updated Slide-Out Menu

April 2, 2014 - Written By Alexander Maxham

As #UpdateWednesday continues, we’re looking at an update to Google Play Movies and TV, which brings it to version 3.1. It brings a few smaller tweaks to the UI, including the slide-out menu. It has a slide-out menu similar to the Google Play Music and Google Play Store. So you’ve got the Watch Now, My Movies, My TV Shows, On Device, and Shop there. But you’ve also got the Settings and Help & Feedback on there as well. Which with this update, Google has made the physical menu button useless on phones like the Galaxy S4, LG G2, and a few other devices.

There’s a few more changes to the app as well which is the improved seeking behavior, closed caption system override, closed caption indicator icon and the episode synopsis. Additionally, Google has added the new Chromecast icon which we saw them announce and change in the design guidelines a few weeks ago. I’d expect to see that icon in more Google apps as well, as that’s their new guidelines for Chromecast functionality.

For those of you interested, we do have the APK to side load onto your device to get v3.1. For those that don’t know, you can simply download the APK onto your phone, make sure Unknown Sources is enabled in the Settings > Security, then just follow the on-screen prompts. It’s just that easy. The APK is about 3.9MB in size, so if your download is a bit smaller, you may want to retry the download again as your download was likely corrupted.

The Google Play Movies & TV app is a pretty nice app, but it’s nice to see these smaller updates for the Google Play Movies & TV. How many of you are side loading the updated onto your smartphone or tablet? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.

Download: Google Play Movies & TV v3.1