Google Android smartphone owners will get the chance to download movies to their handset later this year thanks to Twentieth Century Fox.

The movie firm will offer purchasers of its Blu-ray discs, a free digital version of the film, which will run on Android-based devices. It can be downloaded onto a PC from Fox's website and then transferred to the phone using a USB cable.

Twentieth Century Fox said the first Blu-ray disc to come with an Android-compatible download will be X-Men: First Class. It will be made available in the K, US, France and Germany.

"Given its strong growth as a mobile operating system, the support for Android is an important move for us because it further enhances Blu-ray discs as the best way to get your movies to all your screens," said Vincent Marcais, senior vice-president for marketing at Twentieth Century Fox International Home Entertainment.

The news comes just weeks after Google revealed it is launching a movie downloads service for Android in the US.