July 12, 2011 | by Tony Price
Google has announced that yet another update to the Android Market is on its way to phones with Android 2.2 or higher. This update will bring video rental and book purchasing to phones in the US. While these features were stated as limited to the US, the market update will be international.
We first heard about Google renting movies on the web and tablets a few months ago, and it has been a waiting game as to when that feature would come to phones. Through a separate Videos app, US customers will be able to rent and stream movies on the go. You can also download those movies to you device for viewing offline.
US customers will also be getting access to the Google Books store. It will work much like the Kindle app, with cross device syncing and availability. These are downloaded to your device as well.
Google also says they have overhauled the market, making it “faster, easier and more fun” to get your apps, movies, and books. They say there will be more lists with fresher content and the most interesting content of the week on the homepage. They also promise the inclusion of staff picks and editors choice apps in the market app.
The new update will be coming to phones worldwide in the coming week. You will need Android 2.2 to get the new market app. In order to get the Videos app and to buy books, you need to be a customer in the United States. In order to do either, you will need the market update. If you want to hear more, check out the video below.
If you can’t wait for the update to come, you can grab the APK from XDA. Thanks to Ricardo for the link!