Google seems to be taking it upon themselves to simplify just about everything that they can in the latest updates to not only its Android operating system, but also its suite of core applications. With Android’s latest release and future efforts to improve Chrome and Google Search, they’re making an attempt to unify everything together and that is exactly what they’re doing with the YouTube app for Android, and the purchase history of one’s Google Play Movies and TV library. With the latest update to YouTube which doesn’t seem to be rolling out to everyone just yet,(it hasn’t shown up in the “my apps” section for me personally)you can now see your purchased media from Google Play Movies and TV from within the slide out menu.
making the choice to unify the content with the YouTube app isn’t the most monumental thing that Google has brought to Android, but it should make getting to that content easier if you’re already watching videos within YouTube, and you suddenly get the urge to jump to a Movie or TV show that you had purchased prior. While The Play Movies and TV application has a set level of organization about it Google hasn’t done the same thing with the access to that media within YouTube. Every movie and television episode that you have ever purchased will be listed, but there is no rhyme or reason according to Android Police, it’s simply there.
We’re sure this will delight some users while other will really not care either way, but as someone who uses YouTube often and used to use Google Play Movies just as much, this would have been great if it were implemented ages ago. This is just one of many small changes we’re seeing come to Android, and even though it may not be part of the bigger picture when it comes to Google’s goals of unification, it is a “unification” of some kind and it could be more convenient for those who are using their YouTube app on a constant basis every day. Do you find this feature to be handy or will you still access your content through the proper Google Play Movies app?