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Netflix has been gently updating and adding features ever since it debuted on Android, and while today's addition isn't earth-shattering, it'll be welcome to anyone with a shiny new Nexus device. The primary addition to the 2.1 update is full support for Android 4.2, but the player UI has also gotten a pretty big facelift. Bigger buttons and more transparent elements make it a lot easier to pinpoint tracking, and the whole thing seems at least superficially faster.

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The nicest change to the player interface is the ability to force full screen. That won't mean much for those of you already on a 16:9 device, but for tablets with a little extra space up top and bottom, the cropping makes for a nice lack of borders. You can also crop 4:3 shows and movies if you really feel the need to, like the Futurama shot above, and there's an instant replay button next to play/pause. The browsing interface remains mostly  unchanged, and a few creature comforts (like a "Next episode" button) are still missing, but overall it seems like a nice update. It's available now for all devices.

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What's in this version:

A brand new player with many added features to help you enjoy great movies and TV shows.
• Large volume button
• Easy scrubbing with new screen stills
• Added support for Android v4.2
• Improved stability and playback bug fixes

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • aNYthing6

    Finally. That Gingerbread themed player was getting on my nerves.

  • http://www.ScienceProUSA.com SciencePro

    Netflix launched as one of the ugliest Android apps but has slowly improved through good design. A step in the right direction.

  • http://twitter.com/scififan2715 Aaron B

    And still no HD playback :/

    • https://twitter.com/#!/psycho_maniac_ Jerry Lange

      I agree. This would be nice, and a HD button

    • http://www.binarytuberculosis.com BinaryTB

      Wait, the Netflix app doesn't do HD on Android tablets? Really? That's... why?

  • Danny Holyoake

    Does it not hide the on-screen navigation buttons?

    • needa

      indeed. inquiring minds want to know.

      on a similar note.... are there gesture controls built within nova or similar launcher to hide and unhide the onscreen navigation?

    • Jeremiah Rice

      Yeah, they auto-hide after a moment (along with the nav bar on smartphones) and you can dismiss them right away with a center tap.

    • https://twitter.com/#!/psycho_maniac_ Jerry Lange

      Yes it does. It's done this since I can remember.

  • http://kit.im/ Kit F

    Is that Where No Fan Has Gone Before?

    "Can people who hate android leave?"

    • http://kit.im/ Kit F

      oh wait it has the title right there. I recognized the frame :(

  • QwietStorm

    Leela looks high as hell

    • onpoint G

      ha yea she does

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Trammell/100000443514498 James Trammell

    Is a screen lock button too much to ask ask for...

  • Naki

    And I still haven't figured out how to view trailers...