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Netflix this evening appears to have quietly unleashed the Android app on 16 more previously unsupported devices, all without updating the application at all.

The whole situation threw us off quite a bit, as the Netflix app description now lists both the new devices and a reference to a new version 1.3, while the app itself is still stuck at 1.2.2.

Nevertheless, after trying to find it in the Market using devices that were previously unsupported (HTC EVO 3D and Thunderbolt), to our pleasant surprise, we succeeded. So... it seems that Netflix indeed simply updated the list in the Market publishing console without updating the app at all, which means it was compatible with all of them all along.

Update #1: We're seeing some reports of the app not running on the Thunderbolt due to the absence of a DRM license and crashing on other phones, like the Charge, Fascinate, Epic, and Droid 3. Notably, the EVO 3D seems to be working OK. Perhaps we'll need to see that 1.3 update first after all? What's the deal here, Netflix?

Update #2: The 1.3 update is now finally live in the Market - everyone who downloaded the 1.2.2 version earlier, go grab it and report back!

Update #3: The 1.3 APK has been extracted and is available for download, it appears to work on a slew of "unsupported" devices - including some Honeycomb tablets!

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As compatibility is key for the service to spread on Android, any update that allows more of us to watch the movies we love is a great move.

Curiously, note the presence of the yet unreleased Droid Bionic, HTC Doubleshot (myTouch 4G Slide), and the Lenovo IdeaPad tablet, which seems to be the first Netflix-certified Honeycomb tablet. Still absent is support for any other Honeycomb tablet, which I know a lot of people will be disappointed to hear, as well as the Nexus One, which strangely disappeared from the list.

The app is also still region-locked, so anyone looking to get their hands on it outside of the States will have to wait. Check below to see if your model is supported.

Newly added devices in bold.

  • Casio G'zOne Commando C771 with Android 2.2
  • HTC Doubleshot
  • HTC Droid Incredible
  • HTC Droid Incredible 2
  • HTC EVO
  • HTC EVO 3D
  • HTC G2
  • HTC Thunderbolt
  • Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet
  • LG Revolution
  • Motorola Atrix
  • Motorola Droid
  • Motorola Droid X
  • Motorola Droid X2
  • Motorola Droid 2
  • Motorola Droid 3
  • Motorola Droid Bionic
  • Samsung Droid Charge
  • Samsung Epic 4G
  • Samsung Galaxy S
  • Samsung Galaxy S 4G
  • Samsung Fascinate
  • Samsung Nexus S
  • Samsung Nexus S 4G

Artem Russakovskii
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  • Seth

    Doesn't work on the Samsung Droid Charge on Verizon....

  • ANDY

    Asus transformer, le me install but doesn't work

  • Tito!

    No Sidekick 4G!? Seriously. -___-
    Devs are annoying. Android App Fragmentation is the worst, & the ugliest Sin of Android.

    • New_Guy

      Sorry, but you got the "Sidekick 4g"...I don't imagine you could have expected all that much support...

      • Tito!

        Coming from "New_Guy"
        I'm just saying, it's frustrating.
        The Sidekick 4G is up to par with the Vibrant & Galaxy S 4G which are getting dev attention.
        What? Too good enough? Inflated Egos is what it is.
        To do something that open community devs can do better. it isn't hard. .

        • carhauler1969

          If it's that big a deal to you start developing for your device...

  • Kathae

    Well nothing yet for the Samsung Infuse...... :-(

    • wpfn

      I agree...4.5" super amoled screen with no netflix = fail. Netflix are you listening!!!

      • jerry

        i got netflix working on my rooted infuse

        • onecoder

          How did you get it working on infuse help us all please!!!!

  • ocdtrekkie

    I can explain the version inconsistency.

    Upon downloading Netflix 1.2.2 on a Droid 3, the Netflix app immediately updates *itself*, outside of the Market.

    • ocdtrekkie

      (and proceeds to crash the phone... nothing to see here)

      • D.J.

        Yep, same for me on the DROID 3. Anytime a video is played the screen gets green blocky artifacts covering the entire screen and plays static. First time I tried it rebooted the phone. Second time (after a factory reset for unrelated issue) it didn't restart the phone, it was completely locked up until I removed the battery.

        Sounds like Netflix forgot to upload the compatible version or they didn't really test at all.

        Really hope they get it fixed soon so I can really test out the phone.

  • BiffsBiz

    I see. But, it doesn't work.

  • Christian W

    Thunderbolt claims to be supported but most of us are still getting the DRM errors on stock 2.2 so guess we wait more :(

  • http://none.com kai99

    Considering most devices are on networks that have data caps or tiered data, is this REALLY a big deal anymore to people that aren't on Sprint?

  • Christian W

    Im not on Sprint any longer and am with Verizons "unlimited" data before the tiering. It might have a soft cap but all the reading I have done about people going well over it, im not to worried

  • Orthanc

    Playback doesn't work on stock HTC Thunderbolt. App functions until you try to play a movie, then it crashes back to the menu.

    • Orthanc

      The 1.3 update fixes the playback problem on the Thunderbolt. Works great now.

  • Rick

    This will be the first time I have found Netflix on the market for my Samsung Droid Charge, but it crashes once I log in.

  • CJ

    I can also confirm that it does not work on the Samsung Droid Charge.

  • http://rootandroid.net Root Android

    3 devices aren't out yet and still the app is released for them!

  • Carlos

    Netflix worked on my Samsung Galaxy S before they even said that they supported it. ;-)

  • Morenicano

    Works flawlessly on my Evo 3D! Now I just need Hulu to step their game up!

  • Kevin

    I have the droid 2 and for whatever reason this app just won't work for me. I had downloaded it earlier when others reported success and it didn't work...i just found it in the market and downloaded an update....still doesn't work on my device.

    My device is a POS anyway (shuts down on me all the time), so I guess I just have to chalk it up to that. Bummer b/c I was looking forward to having Netflix on my phone!

  • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

    When are they adding support for more countries? Canadian here..

  • tom

    Crashes after log in on the Samsung fascinate

    • B066Y

      I get the same results on my Fascinate.

  • Jason

    No playback on Incredible 2... also, on the netflix website it does require "activation" for Netflix ready devices?

    It says "Follow the instructions on your device to get an activation code.
    Your computer and device must both be connected to the Internet to activate."

  • chris

    finally a reason to get netflix

  • http://jim.nuttz.org Jim Nutt

    Works fine on a Thunderbolt running the latest CM7 RC 1.2.

    • slowpok22

      Works on my TB, BAMF 3.0-RC4

  • John

    It looks like the only ATT phone on the list is the Atrix. Is it a device issue or a carrier issue?

  • Mark

    Not working on my droid charge either. Sometimes opens and immediately closes itself, other times opens and is running per my running programs widget, but alas it is nowhere to be seen; then I have to close it from the widget to get it to stop running. Tried uninstall and reinstall to no avail. Biggest tease yet with this phone....boo netflix!

  • chris

    It's not working on my Droid Incredible 2. Everything looks great until I try to play something and then nothing. netflix=fail

  • Nikki

    Just installed on stock epic 4g. Force closes after login (first try it did have a 1 second note saying something about sorry can't connect at this time.)

    • James

      I had similar problems, but after a few minutes and a bunch of tries, I was able to log in and run the app normally. Unfortunately, it's huge -- close to 30MB -- and even when moved to the SD card, it took up a big chunk of internal memory, so I uninstalled it. I wouldn't use it regularly, so I'd prefer to have the free space on my phone. I can always get it again on-demand if I really want to watch Netflix on my phone.

  • Nikki

    Just installed netflix on stock epic 4g. Force closes after login (first try it did have a 1 second note saying something about sorry can't connect at this time.)

  • Marathonjon

    Epic 4g no go. Fails at login. Can u say EPIC FAIL!!!!!

  • adam

    It work fine on my droid 1 and droid incredible 1

  • John

    I called netflix and they said that the app was released by the droid market, and not by them. They are still working on optimization/site compatabilities on their end. They expect the app to work sometime within the next week. Just keep trying it.

    I have the HTC Thunderbolt. I get the DRM license error

    • B066Y

      They need to release this type of information officially.

  • 3D_Movie_Lover

    With support of the HTC EVO 3D, when will Netflix support 3D movie streaming?

  • James

    Works on my ATRIX! Awesome surprise today, make waiting for the Gingerbread update bearable now.

  • adam

    you guys hould be happy because hulu doesnt want to support anyone. But what they perfer to support.

  • http://www.elgintime.com Jeff Sexton

    Video can not be played on a Droid 2, Verizon.

  • http://iandouglas.com Ian Douglas

    While I managed to watch a few episodes of a TV show while stuck at San Francisco's airport a week ago on my Nexus S, I *really* would prefer watching them on my Samsung Tab 10.1.

  • TJ

    Verizon Motorola Driod X2 - app says it doesn't work with profiles and to please login with the main account. Say what?? How does one do that?

  • Tk

    App closes as soon as attempt to log in? -Fascinate

  • Eurasianman

    I think they updated the file on the market place. I re-downloaded the file and confirmed it was 1.3. Seems to work fine on my stock HTC Thunderbolt.

  • kdarling

    It didn't work on my Incredible 2 at first either... just a white screen instead of video.

    Then I went back to the Market and clicked the "Allow auto update" checkbox on Netflix. Instantly I got advised of an update, which I downloaded...

    And now it works!!!

    • Jason

      Oooh it is allowing an update automatically.... will let you know if it works.

  • marcel925

    Initially did not work on Droid Charge. Then I went back to the market and you couldn't even access the Netflix app, then 5 minutes later my phone is updating the app to 1.3 and its working now. Appears that they didn't update the app to 1.3 before making it available on the market for the new devices. Should be good for you guys now. Good luck.

  • Ryangeb

    Update just came thru for epic 4g. Watching family guy at work right now :).

    • Ryangeb

      PS im on stock 2.2.1

  • Drew66

    Working on Thunderbolt running BAMF 3!

  • Jason

    Not working on Inc 2... yet.... uninstalling and reinstalling now.

    UPDATE: Still have a white screen on Inc 2 after trying to play film. I am using RMK Ginger Sense, wonder if that has anything to do with it.

  • Jason

    Working on Inc 2... though the quality is kinda.... Le Crap? And this is on a pretty strong wifi connection.

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  • Steve

    The upgrade to version 1.3 allows it to work on the stock TBolt. Works great now, especially over LTE.

    The weird thing is that the market first downloaded version 1.22. When it failed and I re-opened the Market, it said an update was available. After downloading and installing the 1.3 update, it worked fine.

    Finally the TBolt has a feature promised months ago Now where is my GD Gingerbread?!

  • jmorte

    Works on my Thunderbolt.

    BUT, it failed when I ran it after the initial load from andriod market.

    As mentioned above, after you load leave android market. Go back to the android market, click on "My Apps" and it will show as needing to update. Once it is updated, it works perfectly.

    • John

      BINGO. Tried it out, saw the update, applied it, and it works now. Thanks for the info.

  • CJ

    Update is in the market. It now works on the Droid Charge.

  • Jim Roth

    Such bullshit that it doesn't work on the Acer Iconia or any of the other "unsupported" Tegra 2 tabs. First the price increase, now the stiff-arm from Netflix. Not happy.

  • Trill

    I don't know how many times I've said this already but finally when a blog updates it with the same news I knew all along its alright lol

  • Austin

    It won't let me install on the galaxy s4g

  • Rob

    It works in the ATRIX 4G, Im very happy now. Hulu and Netflix on Atrix, now all I need is gingerbread. LETS GO MOTOROLA!! GET TO IT!

  • http://www.affordablepcgeek.com David

    Works on my Thunderbolt but the sound if off.

  • RuKiddingME

    Samsung Charge netflix 1.3 update works july 20 2011 on 3g. about a 5 minute drive outside of new 4g extended area.

  • jbonics

    Redbox holla city of squallah.

  • http://mobilegamebuzz.com/ Nick M

    Works on original Galaxy Tab 7

  • AndroidAddict

    It used to work great on my Droid Incredible, but for some reason this update broke it. I'm so mad. rawr! When I hit play I see the loading screen like it's going to play, but then it kicks me back out to the menu. :-/

  • PezLee

    Working on my Samsung Vibrant (t959) running Team Whiskey's Bionix NextGen v1 build (Froyo) and the OverStock kernel.

  • Uncle Rico

    Downloaded this Tuesday to my Captivate from the Market (which was a first…) I could get to the login, then the app would close.. have received several updates since then, the last one being last night.. WAH-LAH!!! IT WORKS!!! i was able to login to my account, select content.. and got to watch streaming content on my Captivate… YES!!! FINALLY!!!

    now.. if they could only get the Google Video App to work on the Captivate… :\

    THANKS NetFlix!!

  • LtDan

    Came preloaded on my Nexus S 3 months ago...definitely works there. Installed on Galaxy Tab 10.1 and have no issues with installation or playback...perfect!

  • Tom

    I couldn't get it to work on my verizon Samsung Galaxy S Continuum, which is suppose to be practically identical to the Fascinate (that happens to be on the list of supported devices).

  • Scott Clark

    It works on the Dell Streak 7 if you replace one system file (found the hack on XDA Dev forums). I'm running Android 3.2, Honeycomb, and it works very well once I replaced the one file.

  • walk_star

    FYI, Doubleshot (myTouch 4G Slide) has been removed from the list of Netflix app supported devices on the Android Market.

  • Jamul

    It works fine on my AT&T HTC Inspire 4G

  • james braselton

    hi i have this app on my nintendo 3ds iphone 4 ipad macbook air with 256 gb ssd and i pod touch and wii i bought netflix app when they released it for the 3ds but no 3d movies oh i have lg thrill 3d on my christmas list

  • Angel

    Netflix works great on my htc inpire 4g downloaded from market with no problems...

  • NIXSTER

    AT&T SAMSUNG CAPTIVATE GLIDE DOWNLOADS THE NETFLIX VIDEO JUST FINE, BUT YOU CANNOT HEAR THE SOUND. ANY IDEAS?

  • http://spimi-tech.blogspot.com Shimon

    you can use WorldFlix on any android device to simplify the proccess!

    available on the market!

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