In March, Google announced that Movies & TV would no longer be supported on Android phones and tablets. The removal took effect this month, and users are now starting to see the change. Google TV will now be the go-to source for purchases and rentals through Android devices. For now, users can still access Movies & TV, but should see a banner informing them of the upcoming transition.
The removal of Movies & TV now leaves Google Play with just the Games, Apps, and Books tabs. Any movies or TV shows purchased or acquired through the Play Store will still be available in the Google TV app after the transition. Plus, gift cards and Play Store credits are still valid through Google TV. The removal of Movies & TV is currently only effective for mobile uses, so Play Store web users can still access the tab.
Last year, it was reported that Android TV devices would switch to Google TV. The updated Google TV interface now comes pre-installed on Chromecast and includes a dedicated remote similar to Roku devices. Moving Movies & TV to mobile devices is part of creating a single, streamlined experience for Google users. Features added to Google TV that weren’t included in Movies & TV include improved content recommendations and links to streaming services.
The Google TV app has also seen some recent overhauls. The Highlights tab provides users with news, reviews, and articles on shows they may be interested in. The stream is based solely on each user’s particular Google Play library. Similar to Google Discover, the Highlights tab offers a library, “keep watching” icons, and watchlists.
Android users should see the continued transition to Google TV through June.