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The multimedia situation on Android has been rapidly improving over the last few months, with the introductions of Netflix's official application and Google's own Movie service. Today, it is set to get better still: Crackle, a movie- and TV-watching service launched v2.0 of its Android app with access to a large selection of free movies and TV shows. The service, previously available at $5/month, is now free and supported by ads.

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You'll need an Android 2.2+ device with Flash installed (though neither the XOOM nor the Tab 10.1 seem to be supported at this point, so looks like it's phones only for now), but if your handset meets the requirements, you'll be able to stream as many feature-length films and TV shows as you like, provided, of course, that they're in Crackle's catalog. The app itself is slick and simplistic, and better yet, it offers HQ streaming over both 3G and WiFi (and presumably 4G as well).

Again, both the app and the service will cost you no more than $0, and with a file size of just 1.3MB, I don't see any reason not to try it out.

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • Phil Oakley

    Argh, not available for HTC Sensation :(

  • @VonLaserface

    Slick, thanks for the heads up. Can't have too many options for viewing on my Evo. Hopefully the tablet version lands before too long, Netflix is lagging behind.

  • Coldman

    Just tried it and it works very well. Streams using Flash, but so far quite good. Movie and show selection kind of sucks - everything is quite old though.

  • http://androidactivist.org Nathan

    very very awesome, though a tablet version is needed ASAP.

  • ben dover

    Downloaded on my evo and then copied the apk over to my transforner. It only plays the audio though :(

  • Smooth

    Wow, This is not New and have been in the Market since I had my OG, and that's been nearly two years now...

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      The previous app was pretty much subscription only ($5/mo) and completely different. It's gone now, with this app that they branded "2.0" replacing it.

      I've updated the post to clarify these bits, thanks.

  • Laura

    I have a problem: The video will play but the sound goes in slomo. I have a Samsung Epic 4g

    • Sardonycus

      Same problem on my Epic :(

  • scott benson

    Not on the Sammy fascinate Verizon.....item not found! UGH!

  • Phil

    Does not work on my EVO with 2.3. Bummer.

  • Mark

    Nice but this stuff will not work on a Galaxy Tab running 2.2.1 - why is this hard to get apps working on all versions and all devices.

  • Gordon

    1. not a whole lot of content selection but what do you want for free? i like the classic Seinfeld shows.
    2. i get buffering delays on both WIFI and 3G. this is a dealbreaker.

  • Sadman

    Just installed it on my Thunderbolt and it works great. Movies are a little old but it's another form of entertainment. I'm fairly new to the android market and the apps that are available are unbelievable. ROCK ON

  • Mikey H

    Image quality is really bad, having got used to watching iplayer and 4od on my desire, I was expecting a little better, but I guess it's free so not all that bad.

  • OFI

    I just got buffering, poor quality and Force Closes :-/

  • Travis

    great app unfortunately it doesnt load videos using wifi on my htc inspire 4g running 2.3 if any body else has this problem pleassse email them and pray they fix it

  • smallz2k

    cannot find this app...tried code search aswell as market..seems it been taken off market??

  • Kathy

    Does anyone know how to download free movies instead of stream? I want to watch movies on the airplane to Europe but of course can't use the internet in the air...any ideas?

    • sheinemann

      Find a better airline. In-flight Internet access exists (for a price). Otherwise, become a felon and rip the video from rented DVDs.

  • sheinemann

    Audio is severely out of sync on HTC Inspire 4G.

    However, if I used the phone's web browser I can watch the videos with no problem. It is just a pain in the butt getting to them that way.

  • frank wilkes

    i used to be able to watch movies, then it went to just commecials because the movies wouldnt come on because i would get this having a . problem connecting to server but the commercials would come on, now i need a 4 didgit code yo even get in, WTF? -how do i get a code because i log in but it wont tell you how to get a code.

  • just wondering

    anybody know if I download movies on WiFi for my lil girl is she able to watch them without WiFi or internet connection