Samsung Jumps Into Content Business
Today Samsung launched a new movie download site for Samsung devices. The site will first be available on the Tocco Ultra Edition in the U.K., followed by other models in other European countries. No immediate plans to bring the store to the U.S. were announced. At launch, the site has over 10,000 movies and TV shows available to buy or rent. Users will get both a PC version of the movie and a version optimized for their Samsung phone. Samsung said PC-version downloads will take about 25 minutes, while phone-version downloads will take 5-10 minutes to download to a PC first, and then several more minutes to transfer to the phone. Over-the-air downloads aren't available. Any PC can play the movies, but only Samsung phones will be supported. Download prices are in line with Samsung's competitors. Apple provides movie downloads to the iPhone, and Nokia has expanded into the content business, as well. Recently, Sony Ericsson announced a movie download store of its own.
Sony's PlayStation Video App Lets Android Devices Access Movies
Sony recently released the PlayStation Video application for Android devices. The app is essentially a portal to Sony's video content store and lets people watch movies or TV shows they've purchased or rented from Sony.
Samsung Makes Its Internet Browser Available to Most Android Phones
Samsung has made a version of its mobile browser available to non-Samsung handsets. The company has been beta testing Samsung Internet Browser on Nexus and Pixel phones since April.
Samsung Makes Its Secure Folder A Downloadable App
Samsung today released its Secure Folder through the Galaxy Apps Store. Secure Folder is a protected space for smartphones that can store files, documents, images, videos, or other content that the owner wishes to lock away.
Google Play Store Begins Adding 4K Movies
Google today said the Google Play Movies & TV store is now offering a small selection of 4K (Ultra HD) movies. About 125 titles can be purchased or streamed in 4K.
Microsoft Adds Disney Anywhere Content to Movies & TV
Microsoft today announced a new partnership with Disney that adds content from the Disney Movies Anywhere service to Microsoft's Movies & TV video service. Microsoft says users who connect their Microsoft Movies & TV account with a Disney Movies Anywhere account will automatically see content cross-populate their libraries.