Google TV mobile application is hereby to entertain us with the latest movies and TV shows, but with the presence of the ‘Movies & TV’ tab in Google Play Store it might not go that popular among the users. In the favour of Google TV, Google put forward a step to remove the Movies and TV tab from Play Store.
Previously, Google remove Play Music from Google Play Store after that it remains packed with Applications, Books, and Television. And now Google Play is working to drop Movies & TV on Android with the Google TV app, which brings new places to buy and rent content.
The new phase of Google Play Movies & TV will be less radical, but it further divides Google Play into a unified media store. Just like Youtube Music when it completely replaced the Play equivalent from Youtube.
Today company announced through an email to customers that Movies and TV will no longer be supported on the Play Store on Android phones and tablets as of May. Meanwhile, the tab will be disabled from the bottom bar, with the search no longer showing movies and shows.
For customer queries and support, the company redirects to the standalone Google TV app, which comes pre-installed on all Android devices.
It does not affect family sharing, Play Points, or the ability to use Play Credits as the backend infrastructure does not change. Other factors that remain unchanged are refund requests and wish lists. At the same time, no changes to Google Play were announced on the web today.
Google Messages adds waveforms to Voice Recorder UI
Instead of holding down the mic to record, you will now see a panel with a start/stop button and options to cancel, delete, or attach the recording. You will also see a waveform and a timer while recording, and you can play back the recording before sending it.
The voice messages preview will also show a waveform between the play/pause button and the timer, making it more noticeable than the current straight line.
These changes are not widely available yet, but some users have reported seeing them on their phones. These new changes are part of a bigger redesign that Google is working on for Messages, which includes a revamped home screen that is still in beta testing. Google might announce new features soon.
Google Weather with new Dynamic User Interface starts rolling out
Google has started releasing a new Dyanamic UI for its Weather app to bring a more consistent and modern look to the weather information on Android phones. The new Google Weather UI was first spotted on the Pixel Tablet and Pixel Fold, according to tipster Mishaal Rahman. And, in the last few days, some Pixel phone users have also reported seeing the new UI on their devices.
Interestingly, some Samsung smartphone users have also claimed to have the new UI on their phones, suggesting that the rollout is not exclusive to Google devices.
The new UI has a darker and more professional look than the previous one, and it still features the cute frog character that changes according to the weather conditions.
The new Google Weather UI is still not widely available, and it seems that Google is testing it with a small number of users before rolling it out to everyone. However, it is not clear when Google will roll out the new UI to all users, but we will keep you updated on any developments.
Android 14 to bring new gestures for stylus and trackpad users
Google is continuously delivering new features and improvements for Android devices through the Play Store and Play System updates. These updates affect core OS components, apps such as Play Services, and more. At the moment, the company is releasing a September 2023 Play System update for Android users.
According to the latest information through 9to5Google, Android 14 will add new gestures for stylus and trackpad users in the web browser. These gestures will improve the browsing experience and productivity. For example, you can swipe left or right with your stylus or trackpad to go back or forward in the browser history. You can also zoom in or out, scroll, and select text with ease.
To update the Play Store, tap your avatar in the corner, then “Settings.” Under the About” section, you’ll see an option to “Update Play Store.” To update the Play System, go to the Settings app, then About phone > Android version > Google Play system update.