Netflix On Android First Look

Netflix on AndroidThe long expected has finally happened. The gods of streaming video have finally seen fit to bestow uppon us lowely Android users the full fledged Netflix experience on Android devices. Well some of them at least. The following devices are the first to be supported:

  • HTC Incredible with Android 2.2
  • HTC Nexus One with Android 2.2, 2.3
  • HTC Evo 4G with Android 2.2
  • HTC G2 with Android 2.2
  • Samsung Nexus S with Android 2.3

Luckily I just swapped out my Droid 1 for a Droid Incredible and I’m able to take advantage of the experience. So lets get in to it.

All is not silky smooth but still functional. The bumps in the road started immediately when my search for Netflix on the Android Market turned up 20-30 apps and the official app wasn’t at the top of the heap. At first I thought I couldn’t get the app for some reason but after making two or three swipes worth of scrolling I spotted the app. The download was reasonably fast as the content required is mostly text.  The app is nicely laid out and functional but for some reason the UI seems slow and a little unresponsive.  Once you get down the point of the app which is watching video you’ll find its a pretty pleasant experience.

I’m at work as I write this so I am unable to test on Wifi but I think most of us are really interested in how well it works while you’re out and about. Video over 3G seems to buffer fairly quickly. 15-20 seconds from hitting play to video playing. Video starts off fairly low quality and as your buffer grows and it adjusts to your connection speed it quickly focuses to a crystal clear image. As expected your quality adjusts as the video plays so if your signal starts to drop you’ll notice the quality go down. Over all it runs great on the go with no hitches noticeable during the two entire episodes of “The IT Crowd” I managed to squeeze in before having to shout to the world how awesome finally having Netflix on Android is!!!!

I speculate that the hackers and devs out there will have this APK working on other devices quite quickly. With in 24 hours if I have to guess. Hopefully Netflix is quick to push this to more devices bringing Android in line with the Apple products.