By Stephen Schenck | October 19, 2011 3:09 PM
After Netflix was updated to support all Froyo and Gingerbread devices, it felt like there wasn’t much more to be done so far as extending the app’s compatibility. It had started out with a very short list of approved smartphones, but there have always been ways of running the app unofficially on additional phones, and the officially approved list has been steadily growing up to its current state. Today the app is taking things one step further, adding blanket support for Honeycomb tablets, as well as granting access to users in additional nations.
With this full Honeycomb support, you should be able to now install the app on any Android 3.x device. That’s great news, because as much as we love our high-resolution smartphone screens, TV and movies ache to be seen on a display more like a tablet’s size.
We’ve heard that Netflix subscribers in Canada have been able to access videos via the Android app for some time now, but it’s apparently never been officially sanctioned, and has been known to spit out error messages complaining about the service not being available in that location. Those concerns are now in the past, with Netflix for Android now OKed for both Canada and Latin America.
Though Netflix doesn’t mention it in its blog post announcing the new version, release notes describe the inclusion of closed captioning, as well as support for streams with alternate audio tracks. Netflix 1.5.0 is available for download in the Android Market now.