Google Play Movies

Watch movies and TV shows purchased on Google Play

3.5

107 Votes

  • Category Video
  • License Free
  • Version 3.21.10-tv
  • Size 10 MB
  • Works under Android
  • Language English
  • Content rating Teen
  • Package name com.google.android.videos
  • Author Google Inc.
    1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View 94043

Smartphone owners can watch their favorite television shows and movies upon launching Google Play Movies. Most Android smartphones and tablets come with this app pre-installed, so it's available on millions of devices. Fortunately, the app maintains Google's Material Design philosophy. A simple UI allows users to reach the content they want to view in seconds, and extra features lead to an improved viewing experience.

Google Play Movies features millions of television shows and movies, including current TV and recent theatrical releases. Therefore, users should be able to find something worth viewing. The app often proves easy to navigate and doesn't get bogged down at any point. Powerful search features ensure that shows and films can be found without a hassle. Plus, standard definition and high definition options are available to suit viewer preference.

Most content is available at a price on Google Play Movies. Pricing is similar to other platforms that offer a la carte viewing. From time to time, free movies and TV shows are available, and thousands of titles are on sale each day. Offline viewing is a popular feature for users, although downloaded content doesn't always play properly due to licensing issues. Major shows or films may be unavailable for purchase or viewing, too.

Still, Google Play Movies is a powerful platform that comes with most smartphones. The app runs as intended and isn't resource intensive. It's not a perfect app or platform, but most users will find themselves satisfied. In the end, occasionally unavailable content and certain bugs may prove annoying. A majority of users will find the overall experience more than satisfying, though.

Pros

  • App is included on most Android smartphones by default.
  • Millions of films and television episodes are available for purchase.
  • Simple and clean user interface for easy navigation.

Cons

  • Due to licensing, certain films and television shows aren't available.
  • Offline viewing and downloaded content doesn't always play properly.

* Stability improvements and bug fixes

Potentially dangerous permissions

  • GET_ACCOUNTS: Allows access to the list of accounts in the Accounts Service.
  • READ_PHONE_STATE: Allows read only access to phone state, including the phone number of the device, current cellular network information, the status of any ongoing calls, and a list of any PhoneAccounts registered on the device.

Other permissions

  • ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE: Allows applications to access information about networks.
  • ACCESS_WIFI_STATE: Allows applications to access information about Wi-Fi networks.
  • INTERNET: Allows applications to open network sockets.
  • READ_SYNC_SETTINGS: Allows applications to read the sync settings.
  • RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED: Allows an application to receive the ACTION_BOOT_COMPLETED that is broadcast after the system finishes booting. If you don't request this permission, you will not receive the broadcast at that time. Though holding this permission does not have any security implications, it can have a negative impact on the user experience by increasing the amount of time it takes the system to start and allowing applications to have themselves running without the user being aware of them. As such, you must explicitly declare your use of this facility to make that visible to the user.
  • WAKE_LOCK: Allows using PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming.
  • WRITE_SYNC_SETTINGS: Allows applications to write the sync settings.
  • android.permission.USE_CREDENTIALS
  • com.google.android.c2dm.permission.RECEIVE
  • com.google.android.googleapps.permission.GOOGLE_AUTH
  • com.google.android.providers.gsf.permission.READ_GSERVICES
  • com.google.android.videos.permission.C2D_MESSAGE
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