Android fans will be delighted to hear that the long awaited Netflix app has finally appeared upon Android Market!
Unfortunately it looks like only HTC fans and those running the latest Google phone will be able to partake of the movie stream madness.
One of these challenges is the lack of standard streaming playback features that the Netflix application can use to gain broad penetration across all available Android phones. In the absence of standardization, we have to test each individual handset and launch only on those that can support playback. We are aggressively qualifying phones and look forward to expanding the list of phones on which the Netflix app will be supported. (Official Netflix Blog)
In order to install Netflix users need to be running Android 2.2 (or 2.3 on some smartphones), and be fortunate enough to own an HTC Incredible, Evo 4G, Nexus One, G2 or Nexus S (the latter which is made by Samsung).
Netflix is working on expanding the number of devices supported, although the company might want to consider allowing users to “beta test” the phones (which could reduce the roll out time for the rest of the Android population).
With Netflix embracing Google’s mobile OS, we may see other companies (such as Hulu) finally take the leap and hop on Android Market.
Hat Tip: Engadget