Hot on the heels of releasing their app for the UK, Netflix has updated their Android app to version 1.7, which adds a few interesting bits. Here’s the list of updates as posted in the What’s New section of the Netflix Android Market page:
- Added Facebook sharing for Android phones and tablets in Latin America, Canada, the UK and Ireland
- Added software volume controls for tablet users
- Improved audio/video syncing for tablets and phones
- Resolved split picture and flickering issues on select tablets
This is actually quite an exciting update. Facebook sharing is a nice addition, but I’m most excited about the addition of a volume slider, and the fix for the flickering issues for tablets. I have always found it a bit frustrating to have to manage the volume using the physical buttons on my Xoom. It would usually mean I’d have to pick up my tablet to change the volume. With the new on-screen control, I just tap and slide.
I am also very aware of the slight flickering issue that would occur every now and then. It wasn’t a huge problem, but it was a little annoying. Every so often, the entire screen would flicker for a split second…not enough to make it unwatchable, but just enough to be noticeable. I’m looking forward to a much smoother viewing experience with this update.
So go and grab the latest Netflix from the Android Market using the link or QR code below!