Movies and Books inside on Android Market

Thursday, July 14th 2011. | Internet News

The move makes Google a stronger rival to Apple, which offers iPhone and iPad users similar services via the iTunes and iBooks apps.

Google’s update also improves the design of Android Market on handsets, cutting out clutter and offering more options to help users find new apps.

The new books and movies service is only available to US users to begin with, with “selected countries outside the US” to be added at an unspecified later date. It follows the trend for “cloud” services, with purchases linked to users’ Google accounts and accessible on their mobile phone, tablet or computer.

Google claimed the service means “no more waiting for downloads, syncing, or worrying about storage space”.

Movies will start at $1.99 in the US. The content will normally be streamed, but there will be an option to download for viewing later where there is no internet connection, such as on a flight.

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