The ‘Google Play Movies & TV‘ app for Chrome just upped its usefulness, adding the ability to search for content and make purchases within the app.
Launched back in June, Google Play Movies & TV for Chrome functions as both a shop storefront and a video-streaming media player.
But until recently you needed to use the Play Store website in a browser to hunt down a specific movie or television series and make a rental or purchase.
New Features, Better Experience
With the latest round of updates Google brings these much-missed features — arguably just as intrinsic to a “media app” like this as video playback and offline support — in-app.
While it is still not possible to view (non-owned) item details without being drop-kicked to the nearest web browser (boo) buying movies (though not TV show episodes) with a quick click is deliciously easy: hover over a result card and click the lower-left ‘shopping bag’ icon.
These features add to an already impressive set, which includes Google Cast support, on-pause Info Cards, customisable captions and play-head syncing with the service’s Android and iOS apps so you can stop watching on one device and pick up at the same point on another.
Chrome OS users also have the option to download local copies for offline viewing — the reliability of which has been improved in this update.
Get Google Play Movies App
Google Play Movies & TV is a free app available for Chrome on Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS.