Today Google is updating the Android Market to handsets in the US running Android 2.2 (froyo) and higher. The new Android market gives users a new UI and a better way to find games, books and movies. These things are now all put together for a one-stop shop.
Here’s a portion of Google’s official announcement:
In the U.S., you‚Äö√Ñ√¥ll be able to rent thousands of movies, starting at $1.99, right from Android Market on your phone. With the Videos app, available in Android Market, there‚Äö√Ñ√¥s no more waiting for downloads, syncing, or worrying about storage space. Simply sign into Android Market with your Google account, and you can rent movies from anywhere ‚Äö√Ñ√¨ the web, or your Android phone or tablet ‚Äö√Ñ√¨ and start watching instantly. You can also download movies to your device so they‚Äö√Ñ√¥re available for viewing when you don‚Äö√Ñ√¥t have an internet connection.
The rest of the world will be getting the update in the coming weeks, says Google. Though it does not seem like movies can be rented, of course that’s more of a licensing thing than it is a Google thing. Users in the US can start using it today by simply going over to the Android Market, nothing more to do on the user end.