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