Google Gives Android Phone Owners a Chance to Enjoy Streaming Movie Rentals

Google has beefed up its video rental service by expanding the mobile application across Android smartphones running “Gingerbread” and “Froyo” (in other words, if you’re not running the latest versions of Android, you won’t be able to enjoy the update).

Prior to the update, the app only supported tablets running Android 3.x Honeycomb. But the expansion to mobile phones will bring the Google movie rental experience to legions of folks. As of this month, approximately 80 percent of all Android devices run versions 2.2 or higher.

Google Videos premiered just this past May at the company’s annual I/O developer conference.

Select from thousands of movie titles in Android Market and begin watching instantly — no wires, no syncing, no hassle! Make your movie rentals available for offline use on your supported Android device so you can watch even when you’re not connected.

Despite the surge in popularity, Google movie rentals in the Android Market generally remain priced between $1.99 and $2.99, although some titles (newer releases or films still showing in theaters) come with a higher price tag.