Apple’s iPad may be the tablet market leader right now, but certainly not for long. Today, a report was released by Gartner saying that 50% of all mobile phones sales are Android. That may explain why Netflix gave some love to the Android platform via a slick new user interface before Apple iOS. I can’t remember any major app or new version of a major app coming to the Android platform before iOS. The times are changing. I say the reason why Android is so popular is the Flash support that Apple iOS lacks and which annoys the heck out of me. But I’ve already ranted about that on more than one occasion.
Apparently, the new Netflix app is to coincide with the first shipments of the Amazon Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet. The new interface for Android-powered tablets apparently makes browsing and instantly watching TV shows and movies a much better experience.
According to Netflix, “The redesigned Netflix experience is much more immersive and provides more focus on the growing Netflix catalog by displaying twice as many titles than the previous interface. In addition, through optimization for touch-enabled tablets, Netflix members can swipe through multiple rows of titles with larger artwork. As a result, it is now much easier to discover and instantly watch movies and TV shows on Android tablets.”
I still don’t get why the Netflix app on my iPad doesn’t let me manage my DVD queue, i.e. add movies to DVD queue, change order, etc. I have to do that from my desktop PC. I get that they want to focus on streaming to the iPad, but how hard is it to allow users to add DVD movies?
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