Netflix Expands Streaming Support to Additional Androids [Update]


Sure, you can pull a little slight-of-Android-hand and get Netflix’s new streaming app to work on a non-approved smartphone, but luckily for the many Android users who just want to download an app and have it work – no fiddling required – Netflix is busy expanding the list of approved devices. Its most recent update, published to the Market today, adds support for three more smartphones.

When the app first launched, it supported streaming playback on the following Androids:

• HTC Incredible with Android 2.2

• HTC Nexus One with Android 2.2, 2.3

• HTC Evo 4G with Android 2.2

• HTC G2 with Android 2.2

• Samsung Nexus S with Android 2.3

Now that list has been expanded to also include:

• Motorola Droid with Android 2.2

• LG Revolution with Android 2.2

• Casio G’zOne Commando C771 with Android 2.2

While the G’zOne Commando may be an unusual choice, this is great news for die-hard fans who have held on to the original Droid, and it’s an extra treat for people who are picking up a Revolution as it launches today. Considering that Revolution demo units were the first places we saw the Netflix app show up, support for the model shouldn’t be much of a surprise; it is nice to see it ready for launch day, at least.

If you’re having trouble getting the app to run, make sure you’re using the listed Android version. If you’ve upgraded your ROM past the supported version, there’s a chance Netflix won’t play nicely with your phone. Look for Netflix to continuing expanding its list of approved smartphones in future releases.

Update: Even though the company still publishes a list of officially-supported phones, the app appears to no longer be checking the hardware it’s running on against that list. Even if you’ve got a different Android, give the app a shot and see if it’s running for you. Netflix.apk

Source: Android Market

Via: Droid-life 1, 2

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!