Netflix, the hugely popular subscription service for watching TV shows and movies, has come a long way since its original release as an Android app back in March 2011. In just over a year, the service has been updated several times and it now offers support for pretty much any device running Android 2.2 and up, while covering 43 countries in addition to the regions it was first made available in.

The latest update to the Netflix for Android official app has just been released, and, while it’s certainly minor compared with most of the updates from the past months, it should bring some notable changes and improvements.

According to the official changelog, Netflix 1.8.0 comes with “enhanced playback experience on phones and tablets”, “improved stability” and “general bug fixes”. While it’s a bit too early to thoroughly analyze the update, the initial user feedback is mostly favorable, with the unanimous opinion that video playback and streaming have been improved and are now “blazing fast”, to cite a review from Google Play.

On the other hand, there are more than a few users that still think the streaming needs to be additionally improved, while the user interface is apparently “laggy” on some devices. Then again, you can’t satisfy everybody, especially when talking about an app already downloaded more than 10 million times.

The new Netflix app has a new manual installation and updating option, for those of you who, for some reason, have trouble using the Google Play installer. You can therefore access this link: from your mobile browser and install the updated app hassle-free. This manual updating method has probably been created to try to avoid situations like the one from last year, when fake Netflix apps containing very nasty Trojans were downloaded from outside the Android Market.

Have you downloaded the new app from Google Play? Have you tried the manual installation link? How does the updated Netflix feel? Drop us a line below and let us know!

  • Interesting that it apparently supports us Canadian users. Now if we can get Netflix to allow us in Canada to use it with MMC

  • Sadie Heldberg

    Although I have enjoyed using Netflix in the past, especially for their mail service, I have recently gotten my first smartphone. The capabilities are amazing on my droid, and I now need streaming. One of the reasons I chose to upgrade was because my job changed, and I am now traveling on business for Dish, on a frequent basis. I agree that the streaming is far from what I had hoped from Netflix, especially since I have to pay separately for the service. I’ve decided to changed to a new app called Dish Remote Access, which is a constant way of getting movies and live TV, on my droid. It’s perfect for a distraction while waiting in the airport, or even a relaxing evening, after a long day in my hotel room.

  • Mc_jord

    i love netflix on my android, though it kills the phone, i don’t have problems since i got an extended battery pack from