Movies & TV

Play Movies & TV v3.28 relocates movie trailers and adds language information to TV shows [APK Teardown]

After Google’s event finished yesterday, a stream of app updates began rolling out. Among them, Play Movies and TV saw a relatively simple update, but it has a couple of changes that are worth pointing out. The thumbnails for movie trailers are gone, but you can still watch them by tapping on the cover art. Also, TV shows now include the language of captions and audio tracks. A teardown also shows there may be something happening with Disney Movies Anywhere.

If you’re used scrolling down movie listings to watch trailers, it’s time to break that habit. The dedicated row for trailers has been thrown out, but you can still watch them by looking for a “Trailer” button located at the dead center of the cover art at the top of the listing.

I don’t personally care for this change because it obstructs the cover art. On top of that, this approach seems to mean that movie listings can’t have more than one trailer. That may not matter most of the time, but there are some movies that were best represented over two or more trailers–look up the original Lilo and Stitch trailers involving other Disney characters for a great example. Sorry, I’m just nitpicking.

Language details on TV series

Movies have included information about the language of an audio track and captions for a long time, but TV shows strangely left out that information. But with this update, that changes as those two fields are now present.