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Netflix app for Android now compatible with more phones and tablets




ss-480-2-6.jpgA new version of the Netflix app for Android was released yesterday, providing compatibility with more devices. The new version now supports 21 phones and just one Android tablet, the Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet, and many key phones are still missing from the list. The Droid 3, HTC Thunderbolt, Motorola Atrix and several Galaxy S phones were included in the update. You can check the full list here.

There may be more Android devices in use than anything else, but most of them aren't using Netflix. The company has really been dragging it's feet om this app while iOS users have enjoyed robust access to Netflix streaming videos on their iPhones and iPads for almost a year. With all the Android tablets coming out you'd think they would be getting this done quickly, but that's not the case. My Motorola Xoom, a beautiful piece of multimedia tablet engineering, is still Netflix-less and I continue to wonder why.

There are ways to get Netflix access on the Motorola Xoom and other Android devices without the official app. You can side-load the Netflix APK, which isn't hard to do, or use an app and service called PlayOn, but you have to pay for that service. Shoot, I even have Netflix running on a Nook Color that is booted off a microSD card, and I only had to change two lines of code to do it. But for most people, the best thing to do is wait for the official app release for your device.

Netflix is really shooting themselves in the foot with this. With all the fallout following their recent price increase and Red Box rumored to be starting a streaming service, they really need to act quickly on this. The longer the huge population of Android users has to wait the more chance they take they'll miss the opportunity to gain or keep them as customers.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 21, 2011 1:23pm]


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