Google Play Movies & TV v4.3.5 brings adds support for streaming services [APK Teardown]

Google may not have a solid competitor for the dozens of entertainment streaming services like Netflix on its hands already, but Google Play Movies is getting there. In an attempt to make its streaming service more inclusive, Google had hinted towards inter-compatibility between Google Play Movies & TV and third-party streaming services, and it seems that the features are just around the corner.

We took the version v4.3.5 of Google Play Movies & TV app for Android on a teardown tour and found interesting changes hidden in the code. While there’s no guarantee over which of these features will make it to the final build, but since Google has already hinted towards added support for streaming services, the source seems legit.

APK Teardown

Disclaimer: Before we dive deep into the this APK teardown, you should know that this is based on information or rather evidence found in the APK. Given that it’s not part of the official changelog, we cannot guarantee that everything we find will materialize at some point. If anything, this is purely based on speculation and educated guesses.

Integrated support for Streaming services

“If you can’t beat them, join them” seems to be the strategy that Google is implementing with the latest build, something that they had revealed already. Based on the code we fetched from the teardown, it seems that you will now be able to use the Google Play Music & TV app to look for entertainment content that is available on third-party streaming services installed on your device.

<string name="primetime_setup_get_started_message">See all the movies &amp; TV from Google Play and your streaming apps, plus stuff you can watch for free</string>
<string name="primetime_setup_get_started_title">Find movies &amp; TV from your streaming apps</string>
<string name="menu_manage_services">Manage services</string>
<string name="primetime_setup_got_cable_description">Some apps offer more if you have cable or satellite TV</string>
<string name="primetime_setup_got_cable_message">"You'll sign in when you’re ready to watch"</string>
<string name="primetime_setup_got_cable_no">No, I don’t have cable or satellite</string>
<string name="primetime_setup_got_cable_title">Have cable or satellite TV?</string>
<string name="primetime_setup_got_cable_yes">Yes, I have cable or satellite</string>
<string name="primetime_setup_guide_loading_message">Adding your services...</string>
<string name="primetime_setup_next">Next</string>
<string name="primetime_setup_select_distributors_description">Tell us which services you use to watch movies &amp; TV shows</string>
<string name="primetime_setup_select_distributors_footer">"Don't see your app? We'll let you know when we add more."</string>
<string name="primetime_setup_select_distributors_title">Where do you watch stuff?</string>
<string name="primetime_setup_skip">Skip</string>
<string name="primetime_module_dismiss">Dismiss</string>
<string name="primetime_promotional_banner_cta">Redeem Offer</string>
<string name="primetime_setup_account_selector_content_description">Account selector, selected account: %1$s</string>
<string name="primetime_setup_distributor_deselected_accessibitiy">%1$s, not selected</string>
<string name="primetime_setup_distributor_installed">Installed</string>
<string name="primetime_setup_distributor_selected_accessibitiy">selected, %1$s</string>
<string name="primetime_setup_done">Done</string>

This could very well turn Google Play Music & TV as the official and more importantly, legal alternative to Kodi media player where all the content from your favorite streaming services is brought under one roof for simplified viewing. The code suggests that you will also be able to use satellite-based entertainment from your service provider such as DirecTV Now.

TV-viewing support

Despite not being an Android-based streaming media device, Roku has found open support from Google in terms of software support. Thanks to the new build of Google Play Music & TV, this support news extends even further, with support for setting up your Roku device along with the ability to set up your account on the TV itself.

<string name="pair_new_device_title">Enable TV-viewing</string>
<string name="pair_new_device_title_overwrite">Finish setting up a Roku or smart TV</string>
<string name="pair_new_device_summary_overwrite">Start setup on your TV, then finish here</string>
<string name="pairing_category_title_overwrite">Use Play Movies &amp; TV on another device</string>
<string name="checking_for_downloads">Checking for downloads</string>
<string name="details_audio_languages">{number, plural, =1 {Audio language} other {Audio languages} }</string>

What do you think about Google’s move to integrate streaming services like Amazon Video Prime, Hulu, etc. right into the Play Store (APK) and Google Play movies?

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Sharing a love-hate relationship with Biotechnology in college, Husain moved on to his true calling of being a tech geek through and through. While briefly being persuaded by the iPhone, he made it back to the Android camp with the OnePlus One and has been a loyal comrade since.