Netflix! On Android! Oh No.
It's been an exciting week for Android and Netflix decided to finish the week with a perfect way to spend the weekend--watching Netflix on Android devices. But, that will only work on, "select phone that currently have the requisite playback support." The fragmentation issue, only just put in the rear view, rears its head; hopefully for the last time.
Okay, maybe it's not so bad, there are over 310 Android devices currently on the market, and it must be difficult to support them all. But, they have got to support all the modern phones that have come out in the last year. So exactly how many devices is Netflix supporting? Five. Exactly a handful of devices are supported and two of them are Google's own Nexus phones. And what of the Motorola Xoom or the many new Android tablets being released every week? Zero. No tablet support, the devices built with a 16:9 ratio that’s just perfect for watching videos.
But, the good news is that at least there's a plan to fix these issues soon. And, if you do have a phone that supports Netflix, (Did I mention the app is US only too?) it's a pretty great experience. You can stream pretty seamlessly and the quality is pretty good. It's the Netflix you love, finally on Android.
UPDATE: Good news, rooted Android users. MobileCrunch just posted a work around that will let you install Netflix on almost any Android device. The process isn't without its risks, but if you know what you're doing, you'll be streaming movies and eating up your bandwidth in no time.