Google Launches Movie Rentals on Android Market

Google (s goog) announced a new cloud movie service for Android that will be available as part of the Android Market. At its Google I/O developers conference Tuesday, the company said the service will have “thousands of movies available,” with titles including Inception, The King’s Speech and Despicable Me,¬†and rentals starting at $1.99.

Users will be able to rent titles on the Android Market’s website and then watch them on the web, stream them to Android devices and even download them to play on the go where no network connectivity is available. The web store launched during the Google I/O keynote and is available now.

Access to the movie rental store will be made available on Android 2.2 mobile handsets in a few weeks, and Honeycomb tables will be able to access the service as soon as Honeycomb 3.1 is available for the specific device. Check out a screenshot of the movie app on an Android handset below:

The timing for the announcement is a little curious; YouTube just yesterday announced the availability of thousands of major Hollywood movies on its own rental store. However, the two offerings don’t seem to be directly connected, and it remains to be seen which of the two services will be available as part of Google TV 2.0, which will be powered by Honeycomb 3.1.