Everything points to the fact that the next update of Google Play Movies could offer a free upgrade to a 4K resolution of the movies you have already bought in FullHD.
Google Play has been offering 4K movies since 2016 when it released its Chromecast Ultra device. But if you’ve bought a 1080p (FullHD) movie you can’t upgrade it to 4K, even if you pay for it. It is not possible even if you delete the film and rebuy it at a 4K resolution. All these problems could be solved in the next Google Play Movies update.
Android Police, the renowned Android news portal, has examined the APK file of Google Play Movies 4.8 version, which has not yet reached Google Play. According to them, some code lines within the APK file indicate that it would finally allow users to upgrade movies they’ve already purchased in FullHD to 4K.
Of course, this would only be possible for those movies that are available at both resolutions.
Upcoming Google Play Movies 4.8 version would allow users to upgrade FullHD movies to 4K
The APK file code lines also indicated that users would have to pay to update some of the FullHD movies to a 4K resolution. Most likely it would only be possible if you have already purchased the FullHD version. The SD version may not be upgradable to 4K.
On the other hand, Apple has offered the option to upgrade FullHD movies to 4K for free via its iTunes platforms.
However, keep in mind that this information has been extracted by the Android Police from an unofficial APK file of the upcoming Google Play Movies 4.8 version, so Google might remove this feature before releasing the update.
In other news, Google released a new Chromecast 3 last week, but it is running only at 1080p (FullHD). The 4K version is called Chromecast Ultra, but that hasn’t been updated since 2016.
As a passionate gamer since the 1990s, Vadim has kept his passion alive since then, and he is here to cover video games news, as well as to share with you all the novelties out there regarding gadgets or games-related tech.