Back when Amazon announced its Kindle Fire HD lineup last September, it shared news of an expansion in functionality of its X-Ray feature. While that had let you get more information on books you were reading in the past, this change meant that similar insight was coming to movies you watched on your Kindle Fire HD. Now it looks like Google is taking a page from Amazon’s playbook, introducing similar functionality to Google Play Movies and TV.
The way this works, when you’re watching a movie where info cards are available (Google insists that “hundreds” are currently supported, and more are coming every day), and you pause the screen, those cards will pop up to give you info on the actors in the current scene – think of it like an automatic IMDB query. You’ll be able to see biographical info, as well as get links to other projects they’ve worked on. There are also general notes on the films available, delving into things like their soundtrack listings.
If you’re anything like us, you spend half your time watching movies getting distracted by the IMDB anyway, so this could be a great fit. For now, these info cards are available for US users only.