Netflix customers who wanted to watch the latest shows on the go using their smartphones have got some good news, but not all android users can share this cake.
The video-streaming service has updated its app to work on smartphones that run either the Froyo or Gingerbread versions of the Android operating system, although those with the Honeycomb version are still out of luck.
The latest update landed at the Android Market Friday with surprisingly little fanfare. Under the app’s “What’s New” tab it now simply says, “Netflix now supports all Android 2.2 and 2.3 devices.”Netflix had remained entirely unavailable on Android until this May when the company announced support, although at first it only worked on a handful of devices. While that number grew to about two dozen this summer, this latest update is great news for the millions of Netflix subscribers who have had to wait more than a year longer than users of Apple iOS. Windows Phone 7 got Netflix last November.
The problem appears to be solved for the vast majority of Android users since more than 80 percent of them are running Android 2.2 or 2.3. And according to the Android Developers page, only about 15 percent are still using earlier versions.