Google Play Movies & TV comes to iOS, minus the store and offline support

Google Play Movies & TV comes to iOS, minus the store and offline supportGoogle loves itself some iOS apps. Its newest addition to Apple's platform is Google Play Movies & TV, Google's video content store. To call the app a "store" on iOS is a bit of a misnomer, as buying content from the iOS app isn't possible, thanks to Apple's restrictions. What it can do is play existing content that you've purchased on an Android device or through the Google Play Web interface.

There isn't much to the app. Movies and TV shows are broken out into separate categories, and everything is displayed as a large thumbnail. The individual content pages show a short description, a minimal list of credits, and the all-important "play" button. The app supports Google's Chromecast via a button in the top right corner, and that's about it. It's simple, but a movie player doesn't really need to be complicated.

Compared to the Android version, there are a few things missing. The lack of a store means Google's recommendation engine is missing too, which leads to of a lot of blank-looking pages. The biggest omission is offline support—there is no way to download a video for later offline viewing, so make sure you have a great Internet connection before pressing "play." In fact, the app doesn't work over a cellular connection at all—Wi-Fi is required.

Google Play Movies & TV comes to iOS, minus the store and offline support

Play Movies & TV joins Google's other iOS apps, including YouTube, Search, Earth, Maps, Gmail, Chrome, Translate, Google+, Drive, Hangouts, Voice, Chromecast, Blogger, Authenticator, Currents, Wallet, Offers, MyGlass, Play Books, and Play Music, making for a near-complete Google app catalog. Up next for the company should be killing Google Currents and porting over the last of the Google Play apps: Google Play Newsstand, its newspaper and magazine store. When Play Newsstand launched on Android last November, Google said the iOS version of Newsstand should be out sometime in early 2014.

Google Play Movies & TV is live now though. Just make sure you've already made some purchases from Google's video store and have a good Internet connection.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Apple, Google, iOS

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