Play Movies Update Lets Users Save HD Videos In A Lower Resolution, Helps Recover Storage Space And Speed Up Downloads
If your phone has a large 5-inch screen, you own an Android tablet, or your HDTV has a Chromecast plugged into it, it would make sense to splurge on the HD version of the next movie you buy from Google Play. It's like getting two movies for the price of one, really, as you can still stream the video in SD if Internet speeds aren't quite up to snuff. But until now, users have only been able to download the larger version of any HD content they wanted to pin to a device. Now you're given a choice.
- Get your content offline faster - now HD movies and shows may be downloaded in HD or SD.
- Fixed Error 31 issue affecting some devices during playback.
- Improved video streaming performance for select KitKat devices.
- Additional bugfixes.
While in most cases you're probably going to want to pin the more attractive version of the video, having a say in the matter is nice once storage space starts to run low, especially if you cannot pop in a micro SD card.
Aside from that, this isn't a major update. If you only purchase SD content - and given the price difference, I wouldn't blame you - then there's little else to see here.