By Stephen Schenck | December 20, 2011 7:21 PM
The Galaxy Nexus is now here for those of you who were waiting for it, bringing with it its 720p screen. Now that you’re carrying a high definition display around in your pocket, all you need is a source for quality HD content on-the-go. Over the summer, we heard about plans for the first smartphones that would support Netflix in HD, based on TI OMAP processors. The Motorola Droid RAZR was the first such model to arrive with Netflix HD compatibility, but to enjoy full HD resolution, you’d need to output video over HDMI. The Galaxy Nexus, also with a TI chip, seems like the perfect vehicle for Netflix HD, but we’ve yet to see an official release for the handset. Worry not, for the gang hanging out over at the XDA-Developers forums has got your back, releasing an HD-enabled Netflix app for the Galaxy Nexus.
As shouldn’t be too surprising for this kind of unauthorized work, there are a few caveats with this release. For instance, video doesn’t fully stretch to fill the phone’s screen, somewhat negating the benefit of an HD display, but the quality is still markedly improved over that delivered by the official Netflix app on the Galaxy Nexus. There are also compatibility issues with the latest Android 4.0.3 release, so you’ll need to be on 4.0.2 or earlier. Some users have reported issues with the HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus, but others have had success; give it a try yourself if you’re up for it.