Getting more from Google Play

Tip: To reduce your phone data bill, if you are listening to music on your Note II where there's a Wi-Fi connection, pop into the Google Music app settings and choose to 'Stream via Wi-Fi only' and 'Download via Wi-Fi only'.

Google Play Books

Going to the Books section of Google Play gives you access to a huge and varied library of books in the palm of your hand. It offers a larger book choice to download than any other provider, and the searchable index includes millions of free books.

It's well worth downloading the free Google Books app too, as combined with the Note II's large HD Super AMOLED screen, it makes reading on the go a pleasure.

Google Play Books

Although you can stream your books on the go, to save data costs if you are going to a place without you don't have to have an internet connection - just download a book or two onto your phone using Wi-Fi at home and then you can carry it with you for a bit of offline reading whenever you like.

The app will also remember where you are in the book, no matter what device you are reading on – so you can start reading on your PC, and clicking the same book on your Note II will take you to the last page you were on for effort-free continuous reading.

Tip: If a book you've purchased does not appear in your library on your Note II, hit 'refresh' (on the menu button at the top-right corner), to update the display.

Google Play Magazines

There are hundreds of popular magazines on the Google Play Magazines section from Classic Rock to T3, New Scientist and Cosmopolitan, and you can buy individual magazines, or subscribe to them on a monthly or yearly basis (depending on the frequency of the magazine) direct from your Note II.

Similar to the Google Play Books app, the Google Play Magazines app lets you read via streaming or downloading your favourite magazines to your Note II, so you don't have the hassle of carrying around the paper versions of your favourite mags.

Google Play mags

With the Google Magazines app you can take as many as you like, and you don't have to wait for the latest version to get to the shops, it's there as soon as it's released. How else can you take a collection of magazines wherever you go, and slip them all into your pocket?

Tip: Many magazines will give you a 14-day or 30-day trial, letting you see if a new magazine is right for you.

Google Play Movies

The Note II's screen is perfect for watching movies on, and The Google Play Movies & TV app lets you watch any movies you bought on Google Play.

You can stream them straight from the app, or download them to your Note II letting you watch them even when you aren't connected. It will also play any movies you've taken yourself with the Note II's 8MP camera.

Google Play Movies

Tip: If you rent a movie from Google Play, it will show how long you have left to watch it. You have 30 days in which to watch it, but once you start watching it you only have 48 hours in which to complete watching it – however you can watch it as many times as you like in that two-day period.


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