May 10th, 2011

Though Music Beta may have been the focus of rumors leading up to Google I/O, it wasn’t the only media service that was unveiled for Android today. Users now have the ability to rent movies from the Android Market and stream them directly to their Android devices. Rentals last for 30 days, and once a movie is started users have 24 hours to complete viewing. Thousands of movies are available for perusal via the Android Market web interface or from your Android tablet or smartphone.

A new Movies app is coming to tablets and phones to facilitate the whole process. On tablets, videos can be viewed in HD with the ability for offline viewing when an internet or data connection is absent (such as on a plane). The tablet app is coming as part of the Android 3.1 update, and Movies will hit Android 2.2 phones in a few weeks. You can check it out for yourself over at the Android Market now.

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