Google Video expands to Android phones; users don’t really trust Google, Apple with payments

by Phil Hornshaw

You don’t have to be an Android tablet owner to enjoy Google’s video service anymore – a new update to the streaming app brings it to Android customers on smartphones as well.

Previously, Google Videos required Android 3.0 Honeycomb to work, the version of Google’s mobile operating system designed specifically for tablets. That’s no longer the case after the new update, which is available in the Android Market; according to TechCrunch, Google Video will now work with Android phones running Android 2.2 Froyo and 2.3 Gingerbread. That certainly doesn’t mean the service will work on all devices.

Here’s a quote on how it operates from TechCrunch:

Once the app is installed on your Android phone, you will have access to both your own rentals from the Android Market as well as any personal videos stored on your phone. In my case, as I don’t currently have any rentals on my device, the ‘My Rentals’ section included a list of ‘Top Rentals’ instead.

It’s a big step forward for Android in general, allowing more users to stream video to more devices. Google Videos is the company’s official Android movie rental service, similar to the service Apple offers through iTunes. Expanding it to more devices helps to fill a void many Android users see with streaming video on devices running on Google’s platform – where iPhone and iPad owners have services such as Hulu, Netflix and Crackle, along with iTunes, that work on their devices, those services aren’t always supported by every Android device.

Users don’t really trust Google for mobile payments

But while Google is expanding its movie rental service to support more devices, it still seems mobile users don’t really trust the company with helping them to make mobile transactions.

A new study by international advertising and marketing firm Ogilvy & Mather, posted by Mashable, suggests that when it comes to who customers trust with their money, Google is pretty low on the list. The study interviewed 500 U.S. online users and found that only 19.5 percent answered “Google” when asked “Who would you trust with mobile payments?”

Visa, Mastercard, American Express and PayPal were at the top of the list, with 39.6 percent, 35.9 percent, 35.8 percent and 34.3 percent, respectively. Apple ranked higher than Google with 22.9 percent (just above Microsoft with 22.3), but Google beat out Motorola (17 percent) and eBay (15.5 percent). Only 12.1 percent of respondents chose Facebook.

That’s interesting given that Google’s push toward its Google Wallet mobile payment platform. Google will be wanting to change people’s minds as it comes closer to the launch of the Wallet service, which will allow users to make payments at brick-and-mortar retailers using just their smartphones. Expect to see work on the company’s part to increase its customers’ trust as it tests the service through the remainder of the summer.