By Stephen Schenck | May 5, 2011 1:37 PM
Remember the Netflix app for Android that leaked in mid-March, didn’t work for anyone at first, then all of a sudden started functioning near the end of month, only to be once again shut down? It was working for so briefly, you likely never got a chance to see it in action, but for those who did, the app gave a tantalizing preview of what could happen if content providers weren’t so paranoid about controlling Android access, and just let the flood gates open. The official release of Netflix for Android, premiering on the LG Revolution, will suffer from a greatly reduced roster of smartphones compatible with the DRM implementation Netflix will use, but we’ve yet to learn just what models will make the cut. We may be finding out soon, as the leaked app is now directing users to a URL which promises info on phone compatibility.
For now, visiting the link doesn’t provide any insight, as the only smartphones it shows as working with Netflix are the iPhone and Windows Phone 7 devices. This is a step forward for the Android app, though, as it didn’t used to give any statement about compatibility in a human-readable format. At the least, it shows that Netflix is tidying up the app’s interface with its servers, in anticipation of the official release.
Last we’ve heard, the LG Revolution on Verizon is rumored for a May 12 debut, one week away. Once it gets here, we can expect to learn a whole lot more about the future of Netflix on Android.