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Netflix adds support for all Android 2.2, Android 2.3 devices

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  1. Rickaren

    Rickaren New Member Staff Member

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    Netflix adds support for all Android 2.2, Android 2.3 devices



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    09/10/2011


    Netflix has offered an Android app for a few months, but initially only a few specific devices were supported. Over time Netflix has added support for more and more phones and tablets, and as of today Netflix now officially supports all devices running Google Android 2.2 Froyo and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
    Of course, what I mean by all devices is all devices in the US or Canada. Those are the countries where Netflix is currently available.


    Netflix subscribers can use the app to stream TV shows and movies over WiFi or 3G internet connections. You can also manage your Watch Instantly or DVD queue using the mobile app.


    Currently the only tablets running Google Android 3.x Honeycomb that officially support Netflix are the Lenovo IdeaPad K1, and Lenovo ThinkPad tablet. Many users have reported it also works on the Asus Eee Pad Transformer once you install the Android 3.2 software update, and while you can’t download the app from the Android Market on other devices, you may
    still be able to get it to run.

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  2. Cygnus

    Cygnus New Member

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    Interesting that the android version of the app allows you to manage DVD que, iphone app does not support that.
     
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    CatfishRivers Well-Known Member

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    Google needs to have Netflix working with the Google TV Honeycomb update before they release it IMO. Without the major TV networks, Hulu - and then throw in Netflix on top of it - and Google TV will be severely crippled. In the leaked beta version of Google TV Honeycomb - Netflix doesn't work. I might also add that we recently lost 'compatibility' with ESPN3.
     
  4. eferz

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    Don't worry about comparing the leaked developers version with what's going to be working with Google TV when Android 3.1 update is officially released. If they aren't making any major changes to the app then all Netflix has to do is upload or merge the current Google TV version to the Android Market.
     
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    That way, it seems seamless to the causal user, without being aware of anything going on behind the scenes..
    Better experience for most, except us that are aware, very aware that is....
     
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    "Currently the only tablets running Google Android 3.x Honeycomb that officially support Netflix are the Lenovo IdeaPad K1, and Lenovo ThinkPad tablet"

    So why doesn't the Motorola Xoom officially have Netflix support?
     
  7. eferz

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    The Android Market enforces filters based on the application's manifest or the device's fingerprint. There is probably something present in either situations which is causing the application to not show up for specific devices. However, that doesn't mean Netflix won't run as version 1.3 before it which ran on the Motorola Xoom despite the app not showing up in the market: Netflix 1.3 works on many Honeycomb tablets - here's how to install it.
     
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    Well I agree that Google TV with Honeycomb will have Netflix support. However IMO the question is whether Netflix will have their official 3.1 Google TV support ready to go by the end of September. As this is something that Google itself can't control - it would be interesting to see if they would go ahead and update Google TV to Honeycomb - if the Netflix support isn't ready yet (with the promise that Netflix will come 'soon'). Boxee Box kept promising Netflix support for months and months before it finally arrived.
     
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    Something that you should understand with the Android Operating Systems; there is going to be a level of backwards compatibility for applications. I have a friend who has a few applications which have never been updated since its initial creation but still works on his newest and most current phone. Unless Google makes drastic changes to the parts of the Android 3.1's Application Programming Interface (API) which Netflix uses then there's no reason for them to modify the current application already present on our Google TV (Android 2.1) home screen.

    The difference between Boxee Box and the Revue for Netflix support is that Boxee Box did not have it upon release. However, Google TV has always had Netflix support even during the private beta testing. So, I'm not exactly sure where you're getting this "offical 3.1 Google TV" support idea. Unless, you're looking for Netflix to take advange of the new APIs in Honeycomb to support 5.1 sound?
     
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    Come to think about it... are you confusing "application availability" with "application compatibility"? Because, Netflix doesn't have any reason to put their stand-alone Google TV app on the Android Market until Google actually makes it officially available for the device. Now, should they decide to merge their current market app then that would be a different story.
     

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