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It took several months, but Netflix for Android is now available to most Android smartphones and small tablets. The latest app update adds support for Android 2.2 and 2.3; a change from the earlier Netflix versions that were tested on a device-by-device basis.

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It took several months, but Netflix for Android is now available to most Android smartphones and small tablets. The company updated its software in the Android Market and no longer limits the download to specific device models. Instead, any phone or tablet running Android 2.2 or 2.3 can now use the video streaming service.

I was tipped off on the update from Gotta Be Mobile and verified it in the Android Market. The timing was nearly perfect for me personally. I got tired of waiting for official Netflix support and just installed an unofficial build earlier this very week on my 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab, which runs Android 2.3.

Now that there’s an official version direct from Netflix, I’ve installed it to ensure future updates, as the small slate with integrated 3G and Wi-Fi makes a great, portable Netflix machine.

When Netflix first launched for Android in May of this year, it only supported a few handsets while Netflix was testing its app on individual models. The company either sped up its testing efforts or at this point has simply tested enough on various Android 2.2 and 2.3 devices to be comfortable with a blanket launch. And for all of the valid talk on Android fragmentation, this means that Netflix is capable of running on roughly 81.9 percent of all Android devices now.

  1. Netflix has been great for my android devices. With the change in netflix plans/prices and the upcoming expiration of the Starz licensing agreement, I’m not sure it’s going to have the same value in the future. We’ll see how long I remain a subscriber.

    On the other hand, I will be really excited when HBO GO is available on my cable system because that would offer a ton of content on my phone with no additional charge (for HBO subscribers).

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