Despite Google's failure to detect this malware - among others it has failed to detect - we still recommend that Android users download apps from the Play Store. That's fewer than Apple's TV app supports, which is now over 60. This is part of a bigger update launching today that makes the service a sort of directory to where shows and films are streaming.
Google realizes that you don't always want to buy or rent a movie or TV show, so today it's updating the Play Movies & TV app for Android with a helpful feature that will show which apps are now streaming whatever it is you're trying to watch. Simply search for a show or movie and the search result will tell you which services you can find it on.
At launch, Google is working with 28 streaming services whose content libraries are now integrated in Google Play Movies & TV.
In both the Google Play Movies & TV app and in the Play Store, you can search for what TV show is available on any streaming service.
Another day, some more Android malware, although this particular strain has a couple of ingenious tricks up its sleeve.
The new version offers search results across a range of services including Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, HBO Go, Now, Showtime as well as the United States major networks. The tvOS-based device also shows users third-party apps that are streaming the show.
This is especially helpful because some of the network TV apps offer a teaser of a show with a few free episodes, but not complete seasons.
The app will also now help you narrow down searches thanks to a robust filtering system that lets you click on tags by genre, mood, decade, and more.
The app has received numerous positive reviews since launching with nearly 7,000 users rating the app with an average rating of 4.3 stars. To get the same on your Android device, you'll need to open up a specific app, such as Hulu With Live TV or YouTube TV. The thumbs down will remove the item from your suggestions entirely. You can download the new version from Google Play, but keep in mind that the update is only available in the US and is rolling out "over the next few days".
For Google, all of this is of a lot of importance given that the licensing revenue from apps happens to be a major source of revenue for the company.