When Netflix for Android first launched a couple months ago, its list of officially-supported smartphones only included a disappointing five members. To its credit, Netflix has been steadily working on compatibility improvements, and today has released version 1.3.0 of the app, bringing the number of devices on that list up to a much more palatable twenty-four.
There’s still a lot of work to be done, especially with smartphones from under-represented manufacturers like LG, but this is some real progress. The app now supports its first tablet, the HTC Thunderbolt now works, and once it finally arrives, the Motorola Droid Bionic will also find itself blessed with compatibility. That’s not the only unreleased model here, showing Netflix planning for the future.
Netflix sort of stumbled when getting this one out, first publishing the list of newly-supported Androids before it actually published the new version of the app, leading to plenty of confusion. That’s all sorted-out now, with the latest build of the app up and ready for download in the Android Market.
Where does Netflix need to focus on expanding compatibility to next? More tablets? LG-manufactured Androids? Or maybe, should it work on ensuring support for all the latest models to be released, as we’ll just end up upgrading at some point anyway?