Android Apps

Netflix redesigns Android app to look better with tablets

November 15, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka

Entertainment, Multimedia


Netflix has finally come out of hiding from Android tablets. While the app added compatibility for Honeycomb devices last month, it did not optimize to take advantage of the larger screens. The UI was the same that appeared on phones, meaning there was a whole lot of wasted space, stretched elements, and complete lack of anything special.

Not anymore. Netflix announced today that it is releasing a new version of the app in order to take advantage of all that extra screen space. The UI shares some design choices with the way Netflix looks on television apps. There’s a much bigger focus on pictures and less about the text and ratings that previously dominated the browsing screen. Now users simply focus on the posters in a design that “displays twice as many movies and TV shows as before, enabling you to discover even more titles you’ll love,” according to Netflix Mobile Product Manager Zal Bilimoria.

The Android Market page for Netflix has yet to be updated, but it should arrive today according to the announcement. And the new design will not be limited to Honeycomb tablets, either. Netflix says that the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet will also see this new version, so keep an eye on your respective Android app store to download.

UPDATE: You actually don’t need to download an update. Log-in to Netflix and the change should already be reflected. Thanks, akoestel

P.S. In case you didn’t notice before, other recent Netflix updates have added subtitles and alternate audio, so now you can enjoy Japanese Anime and fancy non-English foreign films, too.