Pump up the Volume with Netflix 1.7 for Android

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!

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Android Market


About the Author: Ed Caggiani

Originally from the East Coast, Ed now makes his home in San Jose, California. His passion for technology started with his first ColecoVision and Atari gaming systems, and has grown stronger through Tandy computers, IBM clones, Palm Pilots, and PocketPCs. Ed's love for Android began with his first HTC Hero, then blossomed with the original Evo 4G, and now the Evo 3D and Motorola Xoom. He graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Communications, and is now a professional User Experience Designer working in Silicon Valley. In his spare time, Ed enjoys video games, jamming on guitar, and spending time with his wife, two cats, and Logitech Revue.