Google removes Films & TV tab from Play Retailer [U]

Google removes Films & TV tab from Play Retailer [U]

As introduced in March, Google Play customers on Android are beginning to see the Films & TV retailer disappear from the app.

Replace 6/21: Following the March announcement and first experiences on the finish of Might, Google is now extensively eradicating the Play Retailer’s Films & TV tab.

It’s gone from a number of gadgets and accounts that we checked this night within the US. Most individuals now solely have 4 tabs within the backside bar on telephones, whereas the part can be gone from the Chrome OS and Android pill Play Retailer, which is about for a much bigger redesign.


Authentic 5/30: On cell, Google not desires individuals to browse, search, purchase, or hire tv reveals and films from the Play Retailer software. As a substitute, Google TV is the supposed substitute the place it’s also possible to see your library, whereas it was just lately up to date with a “Highlights” information feed.

As a part of this modification, there at the moment are modifications to previous purchases, household sharing, funds (together with utilizing Play credit score and reward playing cards), refunds, Play Factors, or your wishlist. There’s additionally no change to the just lately redesigned net interface.

In the meantime, the Play Retailer on Android is now targeted on functions, video games, ebooks, and audiobooks. Customers at the moment are down to 3 tabs — Video games, Apps, and Books — within the backside bar, although they could have Presents or Play Cross as a fourth. It does make navigation ever so barely cleaner.

The primary experiences of Films & TV disappearing got here in final week, and there are extra right now, particularly from Europe. Google has equally up to date its authentic announcement publish:

Replace: Films and TV is now within the strategy of being faraway from the Google Play app

It seems to be just like the elimination will stretch into June.

9to5Google’s Take

The corporate clearly thinks that Google TV is the higher place for media, and this drive very a lot began with the brand new Chromecast in 2020. In apply, it’s considerably annoying to not have a unified place for all digital content material on Android, although this began with the dying of Play Music a number of years in the past.

The expertise of utilizing the Google TV app will not be a departure in any sense from the Play Retailer expertise, and having fast entry to “Your Stuff” is handy. That mentioned, I’m now discovering myself looking for motion pictures/reveals within the YouTube app, which is already on my homescreen, and making purchases there. YouTube just lately doubled down on its media interface, and that is likely to be an unintended consequence of all this modification.

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