Netflix

Netflix is one of the few apps that the vast majority of Android users have been dying to have on their devices. Today Netflix released its first Android app, which will initially be available to a select number of phones. Those phones are:

  • HTC Incredible with 2.2+
  • HTC Nexus One with 2.2+
  • HTC EVO 4G with 2.2+
  • HTC G2 with 2.2+
  • Samsung Nexus S with 2.3+

The Netflix team wrote a blog post about the release, citing that this is only the first roll-out phase and the app is going to come to more devices soon:

The Market download will initially be available only on select phones that currently have the requisite playback support. We expect to quickly add to the number of phones that can download from Android Market as we work with ecosystem partners to expand playback support.

They also stated the delay for their app has been due to a lack of standard streaming playback capability that is causing them to test each device individually. They anticipate more support in the "coming months".

Congrats to those with the phones listed above as you now have Netflix in your pocket on your Android device. This is great news for the platform as a whole and shows that Netflix is committed to bringing their product to Android. Find the Market link after the break.

Source: Netflix

 
There are 125 comments

dswatson83 says:

Flash 10.3 Just auto installed after I got Netflix on my Evo

illwood says:

That was just a coincidence, you must have had the automatically update option checked for Flash in the Market. I installed Netflix, verified it could stream and then I saw your post. I checked for Flash and I hadn't installed it on my EVO yet after the latest version of Cyanogenmod and it didn't auto-install with Netflix.

pappy53 says:

Mine did the same thing. Must be something to it.

spunkie says:

Its on the EVO and not the EVO shift?? WTF where is my love?!

F*@& Yeah!

CANADAN says:

Agreed!

DaEXfactoR says:

Agreed x2!!!!

WHOOOOHOOOOOOO!!! NOW All i need is a netflix subscription... And all WE Need is HULU .... we already are getting Movie renting from Google. Android is EXPLODING! I LOVEI IT.

Now I have a real reason to get a Honeycomb tablet!

soccerfon711 says:

Ugh. No Thunderbolt love.

SaltheTech says:

always the patawan never the jedi.

guinnkevinr says:

Why isn't it available for the G2X??? It has stronger internals than the Galaxy S!

BSG75 says:

Whoa! Confirmed: Streaming works over 3g! Running Skyraider 4.0.

GripnRip says:

So how soon until they support tablets? And will they have to test all the Honeycomb devices separately also? Those basically have the same innards so it should be easier i think.

etnpnys says:

Finally - but it doesn't even let you manage your queue if you have one of their low-pay accounts. For example, I have the 1-at-a-time, 2x a month, +BluRay plan - and it won't let me log in. EVO.

wpavlik2 says:

Working for me!
1x a time DVD account.
We mostly stream anyway.

05 TypeS DC5 says:

works for me too. I also have same account. I never use mail in dvd's. If I absolutely have to see it now, then i just go to redbox. lol

Why don't you switch to streaming only and save yourself $2 per month?

That is a different plan than the one he has. He is on the $4.99 "Limited" plan. You have to have an "Unlimited" $7.99+ plan to use the app.

Yeah, you have to upgrade to a plan that has streaming in order to use the app.

moosc says:

wtf no xoom or DroidX love fail

El Jefe says:

No Droid X yet? :-(

Marshy says:

Hopefully it comes for the Xoom soon!

mackdoober says:

Agreed! I'm thrilled to have it on my Evo, but the Xoom is where I will really want to use it.

amporter says:

NEXUS S gets it but no love for Epic 4g? wow its the same damn phone

Beezzy says:

No, my GOOGLE Nexus S is running Vanilla Android, your Epic is running some Sherbet iPhone looking Android version on your Epic. Def not the same.

Beezzy says:

No, my GOOGLE Nexus S is running Vanilla Android, your Epic is running some Sherbet iPhone looking Android version on your Epic. Def not the same.

PGiovanni says:

wouldnt hold my breath, Samsung has their own movie type service thats way overpriced, so i wouldn't count on it.

amporter says:

NEXUS S gets it but no love for Epic 4g? wow its the same damn phone

svinkle says:

Not available in my country? I have a Netflix account and a Nexus S, but I can't download the app... :-(

WTF netflix, COME ON NO EPIC love

hybrid85 says:

I'm hoping they get this working on the Epic, ASAP!!!!

xgunther says:

I don't understand why the Thunderbolt or Droid Incredible 2 didn't get this....prerequisite? Certainly if the original Incredible got this, then these two are in the clear...

BrianTufo says:

Come on Inspire wtf we have the newer snapdragon!

BrandonEnr7 says:

I am running Cyanogenmod7 on my EVO 4G but cannot find the app at all in the Market.

BrandonEnr7 says:

Yeah just looked on xda and saw. Downloading now from the Market website to my phone.

myriad46 says:

Don't 2/3 of all the smartphones out there have the same damn screen at this point (resolution wise). Every phone that comes out wvga, wvga, wvga....it's like a broken record.

kinster02 says:

Yes, it's good to be an Evo owner.

mjneid says:

No it's not and stop fooling yourself.

mjneid says:

No it's not and stop fooling yourself.

DaEXfactoR says:

yes it is...Evo 4life..ftw

Richard1864 says:

WAHOO!!! It works on the Nexus S 4G too!

Jeepzor says:

Now this is some good Dinc love right here :-) guess I'll be switching to a 2.2 rom tonight.

drewfus0929 says:

Working fine on my CM7 Dinc. Works on 2.2+, so there is no reason to downgrade to 2.2 (unless you for whatever reason are using a 2.1 rom still)

frankrey says:

wtf....i cant find it on my rooted evo4g...could it be my custom rom?
cyanogen 7.2
guys help plz!!!!!

Examiner19 says:

Go to the market on the computer and push it to the Evo. Works fine on mine (CM 7.3.1) https://market.android.com/details?id=com.netflix.mediaclient

romma says:

yay!! Downloaded on my Dinc! Now I am waiting for my Girlfriend to email me the password for NF. I can't remember it... LOL

schizopunk says:

Apparently there's no love for the HTC Droid Incredible 2 though... won't seem to work. Hope this gets changed soon.

schizopunk says:

Apparently there's no love for the HTC Droid Incredible 2 though... won't seem to work. Hope this gets changed soon.

louie2701 says:

Just tried it with the EVO 4g. Long loading time ,but it could just be my network.Other than that,works great. Cannot wait until it is released for the Xoom.

skeets says:

No Droid X, that's a shame. Hopefully it will be on the next batch.

seanubis says:

Meh. I couldn't care less about streaming a movie on my phone. I just want an official, non-Air app for managing my queue. Hell, I'd settle for a decent mobile Netflix site, and they can't even seem to do *that*.

05 TypeS DC5 says:

looks like crud until it loads after 15 seconds or so. But heck yes!!!
i love this.

05 TypeS DC5 says:

looks like crud until it loads after 15 seconds or so. But heck yes!!!
i love this.

thamenacing1 says:

Holee shiiit, this works pretty good over 3G on my Droid Incredible!!! Loving it!

hmmm says:

And why not the EVO Shift?

jsmuli2 says:

damn getting low on space message for 22 megs of a netflix app, Dinc1

anyone else getting this problem?

Clearing Cache and history haven't done crap.

orlanka says:

Did you move it to SD? Not sure if that would make a difference. 16.5MB even after moved to card

jsmuli2 says:

oh thank satan, got it working!

TJH132 says:

Worse: "Not enough space to install this app."

Tons of storage here, what gives?

tealturboser says:

The Incredible and not the Droid X?

DenverRalphy says:

Yep. Why is that such a surprise to you?

jsmuli2 says:

it's about the processor. the Qualcomm chips are better with content protection. The TI chips aren't (yet)

i guess this puts to rest the argument from a while back that new processors (1.2 Snapdragons) would need to be in the phones/pre-installed with the app for Netflix to work.

come on Thunderbolt!

It's crap like this that makes me question my loyalty to Android. If I had an iPhone I wouldn't have this problem.

orlanka says:

But if you didn't have an Android, you wouldn't have an Android. Think about that for a while

joshnaugle says:

So much for the Atrix being "the most powerful smartphone on the planet". Hopefully in the next round!

VagrantRadio says:

I'd like to break up the complaints of "why not my phone?" by saying this app works great on my Nexus One that is listed above.

thegov says:

Gotta love the market...Official app by netflix inc. And its way down the page of results..

jsmuli2 says:

yeah newer apps with fewer reviews get that kind of treatment, it's weird

billgio says:

16.11 MB on my EVO 4G after moving it to the SD card! Why does the market say it is 5.45 MB?

mjneid says:

i bet that ~11mb is some sort of file we don't have to make ours work. I wonder if that is the DRM file...

Stain77 says:

Will this be available on the Galaxy tab 7? I am hoping so!

makya53 says:

it works,lovin it.

romma says:

Works awesome!! No lag on my Dinc!

Uncle Louie says:

Works beautifully on my EVO. So awesome!

StrandedBrit says:

Also have this working on my DInc w/Skyraider 4.

Pretty sweet.

haus says:

Disappointed this works on the EVO but not the EVO Shift.

BlackHawkA4 says:

I'm so glad I got the nexus! cool! Know I made the right choice even more now.

Biggnaa20 says:

This is smooth. I am watching movies at work! It hasn't even stuttered. It isn't as good at home. Hope it rolls out to everyone else soon!!!

HTC EVO 4g

mgeoffriau says:

I'm getting an immediate Force Close when I try to open it on my DInc with Froyo.

tompro53 says:

It's any early Christmas miracle I was thinking of trading in my Evo 4G for a Evo 3D, now I will just wait.

Soooo...
incredible, evo.... and no droid x? Initial fail

05 TypeS DC5 says:

fail for you. lol Win for me I have Evo 4g.

i guess Google's movie service (youtube & android market) finally scared Netflix into releasing the app.

ninjalex76 says:

This is working on my DX

Jeepzor says:

I also get immediate force closes, oh well. It was worth a shot, friggin dinc battery probably couldn't even stream a full movie anyways :-)

This situation is sure to conjure up a whole lot of android hatred. They made sure to include the granddaddy of 4g the device that started the 4g revolution and I am proud of that. This gives me more enjoyable moments as the days tick down to zero and my Evo 3d presents itself. My current evo 4g will go out in style blazing with netflix glory. I've said it before and I will say it till the final day "if you ain't rocking an Evo 4g then you ain't rocking anything simple as that....

Droid_Elmo says:

Come on, how about some X love. One of the biggest screens out there. Netflix would look awsome.

peruboy63 says:

Runs great! Finally!
Rooted evo 4g cyanogen7

onixblack says:

I've been waiting for this for a while

onixblack says:

I've been waiting for this for a while

Jeepzor says:

I was getting forced closes and noticed flash wanted updating to 10.3, so I updated but still got fc's, uninstalled netflix and reinstalled all works well now. Friggin awesome is all I can say. Watch top gear wherever I'm at...as long as I'm plugged in :-)

mgeoffriau says:

This fixed my DInc force close issue -- update Flash, then uninstall and reinstall Netflix. Thanks!

mgeoffriau says:

Double tap.

dannychaos says:

Everybody chill. At least they released to some phones that are pretty much considered old in the android smartphone industry. my sister has a DInc, never would have guessed that would get the app at all. Also it makes since, get the older phones out first since testing must be a bit trickier on those. Im 100% confident that our newer phones like my TB will get the app approved within a month or two.

CeeDotSmith says:

Exactly what I was thinking. I figure they are doing the "older" devices first. If Netflix works on those listed, then I'm sure it will only be a matter of time until they include their successors and the newer phones that are currently available as the hardware has improved.

S/N: Works great on my Evo4G! Sorry... had to add that. :-)

mrmoe110 says:

I understand this is really just a test (notice how there's one Verizon device, one Sprint, one branded T-Mobile, and the Nexus devices, but no AT&T...hmmm?) but I don't think it should take a month or two. At the most I would say one month for all compatible devices (like my
TB!), but not two. Fragmentation isn't that bad, is it?

Beezzy says:

OMG it pays to own a Nexus S!!!!

tnh196 says:

I'm new so wanna say what up to all, had my evo from day 1 did 1st mod today and I am now INFECTED lovin the rom and now for the first time since psn went down I can finally watch some Netflix, but the dam ring is not working on my phone wtf.....

djdanska says:

Works great on my hd2.

Qoheleth says:

Evo 4G. All I get is a white screen :(

DaEXfactoR says:

OH YEA!!!!(wit a Kool-Aid smile)

DaEXfactoR says:

OH YEA!!!!(wit a Kool-Aid smile)

well this just makes my phone that much more 'incredible' :)

hopefully they can hook everyone else up w/phone support soon. until then i'll be watching 'Kick-Ass' on my phone :P

kekukui#AC says:

Boogers, Cant find it for the Droid Inc 2?? why??

mjneid says:

because it's not out for your phone. Did you not read the entire blog post. or the one at blog.netflix.com or the several other people who said the same?

kekukui#AC says:

my "why" was more for the fact the the Inc2 is "newer" and obviously I missed some posts, and for sure didn't read the blog.netflix.com or I wouldn't have posted that. N you don't have to be so "sassy" @ it.. jeez

canesfan44 says:

What is the title of this thread? The title would certainly lead me to believe that the thread will say which phones work. And what do you know, it's pretty much the very first thing this thread says. Even if you didn't read the thread, simply glancing at it would have given you the answer. I don't think mjneid was being "sassy" at all, you seem to be the defensive and "sassy" one. You can't find something if you don't look. It's like asking random people for the time when you have a watch on your wrist, a phone in your pocket, and you're standing in front of Big Ben in London

alc2077 says:

SWEET!!! works like a champ on my rooted EVO 4G rooted running stock ROM

Works on my Aria running CM7 nightly (with the sideloaded apk). FTW!

Madmech says:

Doesn't work in Canada .Sigh.

onixblack says:

4 out of 5 of these are HTC built devices.

Shooperman says:

Works well on the Droid 2 running rooted Gingerbread leak. Picture quality is very nice! Hopefully "official" support will come soon...

DaEXfactoR says:

quality is great over 4G on the Evo...

Tyndall says:

Sprint Nexus S 4G = Works Great!

Quizshow says:

Pretty laggy over 3g, but wifi and 4g is flawless on the Evo. My only issue is the restart time when I have exit the app to check something else on the phone...too long.

MSgtSimon says:

Fail. Nexus S running CM7. My device is not supported. Netflix can't realistically expect people to be running stock, can they?

SoTacMatt says:

I tried it on the G2 with CM7 Nightlies, no go. But go back to stock rooted rom and it worked. :(

nyc_rock says:

Netflix has to test every device seperately? Guess we can all thank "fragmentation" for this. Its a problem people.

praytorain says:

just want to thank androidcentral for this article... I am on the vacation and we couldn't get a good movie to watch and I only had my hdmi cable for my Evo not my laptop. We were going to hover around a laptop when I passively checked androidcentral and found this article. I Watched a whole movie with no buffering and saved the night. :)

rlbrooks says:

Great news to wake up to on a Friday the 13th. Works like a charm on the old Evo. I hope this kicks out to other chipsets soon, besides just Gen1 Snapdragons. That would be better for Android as a whole.

splitsick says:

Works perfect with FullHDMI app on nonrooted EVO. Watched "Grown Ups" on my flat screen streaming from my EVO last night. I was suprised at the quality..... no pixelation.... no buffering.....AMAZING. This was on 3g too!! No wifi at home and no 4g in phoenix yet.

Nexus One still getting some love!!! I'm really glad waited a month with a dumb phone to get the N1, best decision I've ever made. The N1 is almost a year and a half old at this point, and it still gets timely updates. I will always be a fan of the Nexus Series of phones.

awd1315 says:

So Netflix releases this on the LG Revolution but not the HTC Thunderbolt?