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.
Google Lets Android Users Merge iTunes, Google Movie Libraries Into One
Google today announced a new service called Movies Anywhere, which allows people to bring together their movie collections from Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, and Vudu into a single library that can be accessed from any device. Google is launching Movies Anywhere in the U.S.
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.
Google Play Eases Pain of Finding Movies and TV Shows in Streaming Apps
Google today updated its Google Play Store and Google Play Movies & TV apps with new insight when it comes to video streaming services. People can now easily discover which streaming service includes their favorite movie or show.
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.