Google announced today that they will be rolling out an update to the Android Market for devices running version 2.2 or higher of the OS. The new version will still contain all of the apps we know and love, but will books and movies.
Google claims that the US version will give users the ability to rent thousands of movies for $1.99 each, however, I found plenty of $3.99 rentals so it may be based on the popularity of the title. The movies will be available for download or streaming. The rental period be 30 days, but, once you begin a movie, once you begin watching a rental you will have 24 hours. It is not only available from your Android device, but also from the web on your computer. Just head over to the Android Video Market.
To browse Books for purchase you can visit the Android Books Market. Books listed on the front pager were all $12.99, but older titles will likely be discounted.
If you are already wondering why you aren’t seeing this update on your device, Google has the following to say:
“The new Android Market will be rolling out in the coming weeks to Android 2.2 and higher phones around the world. You don’t need to do anything – the update is automatic on supported phones. If you’re in the U.S., you’ll also be able to download the Videos app, rent movies, and buy books once you receive the new Android Market.”