Google has released a new app for the Apple App Store called Google Play Movies & TV. The Google Play Movies & TV is a competitor to iTunes for selling movies and TV shows. You will be able to watch Google media content directly from the iPhone, iPad, or iPod. However, you will not be able to buy or rent content directly from the app, probably due to Apple’s restrictions with third party content stores. The app also has a Chromecast button to stream video to your TV.
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Next week, Google will be announcing new features for the Google Play store. Google sent out event invitations to the media that says “Join us for a night out with Google Play / Music, movies, games and a special performance by Capital Cities.” The event will be taking place at 7PM EST in New York City.
Cloud storage company Box has updated their Android application to support several new features. The new features includes a new left-swipe navigation drawer, a revamped updates feed with document previewing, a new resizable home screen widget with scrolling, the ability to sort a folder by name/date/size, a grid (icon) view for files, real-time updates to offline files, localized file/folder sizes, and Finnish language support.
Today, at a Google event in San Francisco, California, the company announced that they are adding a new channel for digital textbooks to Google Play this August. The digital textbook addition is arriving just-in-time for back-to-school. Students will be able to buy and rent digital textbooks through the web, Android devices, and Apple iOS devices.
At the Google Android and Chrome event that took place this morning, Sundar Pichai announced a few company milestones. Google’s revenue per user on Google Play increased 2.5X this past year. Google also announced that they have activated 70 million tablets and has hit 1 million apps on Google Play. Google Play users have downloaded over 50 billion apps. This is up from 20 billion last year. The Nexus 7 accounts for over 10% of Android tablets.