Google Play Movies and TV is the next app on the list today receiving an update from Google, bringing it forward to version 3.6, which brings in some slight visual changes as well as a couple changes that make it easier to see things in a more organized format. Earlier we reported on the update that came to Google Fit, and we might see another app or two get an update before the day is done. This new update Google Play Movies and TV is not the Material Design UI update, as that had already happened. If this is the first time you’ll be updating the app since that time however it will be the first time you’ll be seeing any of those visual style changes. This was the case for me personally as I haven’t opened the app for a couple of months.
Inside you’ll immediately notice all the Material Design styling, with bold colors and fluid animations that greet you on the opening welcome screen. More notably though what actually came out in this update is a more organized categorization for the manage my downloads list, which separates things out into My Movies and My TV instead of having all your downloads lumped into one list. If you’re someone that uses this app on the daily or at least more frequently, this should definitely help when you go to manage your downloads in finding exactly which movie or TV show you’re looking for.
Google Play Movies and TV also now highlights how much storage you have remaining on your device, much like you would see if you went into storage settings, with a bar located at the top of the application that also alerts you to how much storage space is being used by the videos you’re downloading. There is also the introduction of screen pinning within Play Movies and TV, so if you’re already watching something using the application, like say, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, you can’t accidentally back out of the movie during viewing, which I hate to say has happened to me on more than one occasion. This will be useful to have, although screen pinning is a Lollipop feature so you’ll need to be on that version of the OS to use it. If you don’t want to wait for Play Movies and TV to update through the Play Store on its own, you can grab the apk file here and install it now. Does anyone use Google Play Movies and TV or do you stick to streaming apps like Hulu Plus or Netflix?