Tech Today w/ Ken May

Google 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. Read 2 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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

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