“Finally, Netflix has come to the Android platform. Or some of it, at least,” Mike Isaac reports for Wired. “Only a handful of Android phones will be able to run it.”
“As of today, four HTC model phones (the Incredible, EVO 4G, G2, Nexus One) and the Samsung Nexus S are the only devices capable of running the app,” Isaac reports. “We tried sideloading the app onto our Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, as well as onto an LG G2X smartphone; No dice. The G2X wouldn’t even open the app. We were able to access Netflix’s web store through the Galaxy Tab, but we weren’t allowed to stream movies on the unsupported device.”
“Netflix product team member Roma De explains the holdup in a blog post. Essentially, the sheer number of different Android devices available is problematic, because Android lacks ‘standard streaming-playback features that the Netflix application can use to gain broad penetration across all available Android phones,’ De wrote,” Isaac reports. “Of course, the iPhone has had this capability for the better part of a year, and Netflix works as well on the iPod Touch and the iPad.”
Read more in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]
MacDailyNews Take: Netflix was released for iOS devices over a year ago, on April 1, 2010. No joke (if you’re an android settler). We often talk about AppLack™ for other platforms. If they finally do get the app, which are often uglier versions with fewer features than the developers’ top priority iOS apps, the time delay for those who settled for pretend iPhones is what we call AppLag™. In the case of Netflix, provided you have one of the handful of android devices that Netflix supports, the AppLag™ was one year, one month and two weeks. Moral of the story: Don’t settle the next time your contract ends. Get the real thing. Yup, if you don’t have an iPhone, well, you don’t have an iPhone.
More info and download link (free) via Apple’s App Store for iOS devices: Netflix app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.