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Netflix streaming app finally available for a few Android devices

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 12 May 2011 17:02 User comments (6)

Netflix streaming app finally available for a few Android devices Netflix has announced the launch of the long awaited streaming app for Android devices, however, it is only available on five devices.
As of right now, the app is available for the Nexus S, Nexus One, T-Mobile G2, HTC Evo 4G and HTC Incredible.

You must be running Android 2.2 (or 2.3 for Nexus S) to download the app.

Netflix was clear to explain why the small selection of phones:

The Android platform is gaining rapid adoption in the mobile world and presents a great opportunity to reach more of our members. Because the platform has evolved so rapidly, there are some significant challenges associated with developing a streaming video application for this ecosystem. One of these challenges is the lack of standard streaming playback features that the Netflix application can use to gain broad penetration across all available Android phones. In the absence of standardization, we have to test each individual handset and launch only on those that can support playback. We are aggressively qualifying phones and look forward to expanding the list of phones on which the Netflix app will be supported. We anticipate that many of these technical challenges will be resolved in the coming months and that we will be able to provide a Netflix application that will work on a large majority of Android phones.

Despite the fragmentation, the company is working on expanding the selection of devices the app will work with:

We expect to quickly add to the number of phones that can download from Android Market as we work with ecosystem partners to expand playback support.

Download it from the Android Market directly or from here: Android Market on the web

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6 user comments

112.5.2011 17:07

As someone lucky enough to have access, I can say the app is smooth and the quality is very decent. Tmob G2

212.5.2011 17:38

I'm using an EVO as well. It set up easy and streams great on 3G.
Does anyone know if it will play through the HDMI cable? I've never gotten one, but I will if I can play Netflix from my phone!

I'm very impressed.

Oh, Im sorry... Did the middle of my sentence interrupt the beginning of yours?

312.5.2011 18:45

I greatly await this to come out on the Atrix

413.5.2011 4:46

It works with the original motorola droid if you have gingerbread...but it does not work very well. I was running at 800mhz, and it still wouldn't play smoothly...I might finally have to push this thing faster than 800...

513.5.2011 8:16

I had netflix and cancelled since it doesn't support tablets (except Ipad). When they have support for Android 2.2 and up, I will re-subscribe.

615.5.2011 19:36

Watch what your streaming on this app... T-Mobile will shut off your 4G connection after 5GB's.

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