After confirming that the Nexus 7 is officially real and that another device called the Nexus Q is on the way, we noticed one other note from the Google Play addendum that we received. It mentions the following:
You understand that the Nexus Q currently supports only Google Play Music; Google Play Movies and TV; and YouTube, and that your use of those services is subject to the Google Play Terms of Service.
See anything new in that statement? “Google Play Movies and TV.” Currently, the Play store doesn’t sell or rent TV shows, but according to this addendum, they will shortly. The I/O day 1 keynote starts in just under an hour – we wouldn’t be surprised if TV shows are announced.
Motorola XOOM owners can now try and grab themselves Google Videos, but be warned, it really doesn’t seem to be working too well. We rented a movie on the web browser, but the application is just displaying a server error. So is Google in the process of testing this, or have they released a broken app? Go ahead and try downloading, but definitely let us know in the comments section if it’s broken or working for you.
It’s also still looking as though it will not work for rooted XOOMs. But try it just to make sure.
This story on how rooted Android devices are being blocked from watching Google Movies seemed to pick up a lot of steam over the weekend, but it’s funny because @p3droid and I talked for a couple of hours about this on Twitter just after Google I/O got done almost 2 weeks ago (another reason to follow us!). We both run rooted XOOMs and manually upgraded to 3.1, but were greeted with the nasty “Failed to fetch license” error that you are seeing above from the Android Market support pages. We even thought we had found a fix which involved upgrading and then deleting su and Superuser.apk, but that ended up not working for everyone. In fact, I installed 100% stock images from Motorola on my device, accepted the OTA update and still cannot access movies.
So my thoughts on this are, “this sucks, but is not unexpected.” We all know how long it has taken Netflix to get past their security fears with Android, so I can only imagine how those negotiations went down when Google asked movie companies directly for permission to sell their titles. And I would hope Android’s security reputation isn’t also the reason that they have been unable to secure contracts to sell music, but wouldn’t be surprised.
This new wave of anti-root on Android is a little unsettling, especially since many of us joined this army because we loved the idea of having total control. But in the end, it’s all a business and rooted users seem to be looked at as evil hackers and thieves these days, so I’m afraid this is only the beginning.
Cheers to everyone who sent this!
Today’s Google I/O keynote was filled all sorts of good news, but they really took some major steps towards turning our Android devices into media beasts. They launched a new Movies section in the Market which allows you to rent them for as little as $1.99 and keep them for up to 30 days. Well, you can keep it for 30 days, but once you start watching it you only have 24 hours to finish it.
Currently, movies can only be rented and watched through your PC browser, but once the Motorola XOOM is updated to version 3.1, it will also give you the option to rent. Phone support will come at a later date.
Start renting movies here: https://market.android.com/movies
More on the keynote, check out the live blog we ran.
Early last week, HBO announced its new HBO GO and MAX GO services for subscribers that want to watch their catalog of award winning shows and movies online, but it caught our attention because it mentioned that Android support was on the way. And while the press release may have said “later this year” as a release time frame, one of our readers noticed an HBO GO commercial that aired at the end of the premier for Game of Thrones last night with a date of 05.02.11.
Unfortunately for Comcast users, the service will continue to redirect you to an Xfinity page, so even if this app does go live in a couple of weeks, you’ll likely be locked out of it. DirecTV users though, you are golden. (more…)