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Netflix Bringing New Tablet-esque UI to Android Phones? If so, It Looks Awesome

We received the above screenies this morning and from the looks of it, Netflix is testing out a new user interface (similar to the tablet version) for Android phones. I downloaded Netflix onto my device to check, but I still have the old UI. The tipster mentioned that after his app was turned into this without receiving an update from Google Play, that it later turned back into the regular phone UI which consists of more greys and yellowish colors.

Again, this new look somewhat reminds us of the Android tablet layout where you have instant access to recently watched shows and the same color scheme of the dark grays and highly saturated images. I love using Netflix on the Nexus 7, so if my phone’s app starts running smoother and looks prettier, maybe I can start using it more too.

Anyone else see this on their Netflix app last night?

Cheers Jesse and Clifford!

  • the top red area is not very crisp. its fuzzy and pixelated……not that i care since the app works fine but I expected better from a well known company.

  • HuskerHog

    The new interface is back and is not going away on my RAZR as of last night.

  • I’m still on the original Incredible and have never had an issue with Netflix. Love it.

  • John Davids

    Yep I got this last night. No notification either. I like the new UI…however the menus *STILL* do not support landscape mode. Comon what is this, 2009?

  • Phil

    My stock Galaxy Nexus has this UI but it is incredibly laggy. It did this once before earlier in the year when the new tablet UI came out but changed back to the original UI again.

  • Yeah i got it last night.

  • Stephen Vanderwarker

    It’s weird. I was watching scrubs. Started on episode with the new ui. Finished the episode and when I went back onto the App and… Old ui?

  • GreenMeansGo

    Nice to see Jericho front and center on that Netflix screenshot. It’s really nuts that CBS cancelled that show.

  • Brian Parkerson

    I opened it up on my Verizon Galaxy Nexus running stock ICS ( still Waiting on JB ) this morning and surprise…The new UI is awesome. Unfortunately it’s now back to the original UI
    which serves the same purpose, just not as nice to look at!

  • Oh, closed it and killed it in the task manager and it’s back to the old way. Odd, didn’t have to do an update or anything.

  • dsignori

    I got it on my Galaxy Nexus. Janky and laggy. Looks nice though … :-/

  • ToddLower

    I have the new interface on my gnex. Doesn’t seem to lag terribly for me, and the new interface is kind of nice. Biggest issue I see is if I try to swipe along one of the rows before it’s 100% done loading all the thumbnails it will keep resetting me to the beginning. Super annoying.

  • Thomas Wolfe

    This happened to my FB app the day after Zuck’s interview. It changed for about 3 minutes then reverted back. My dumbass didn’t even think to take a screenie until it was gone.

  • joejoe5709

    Hmmm. Cool. GNex here. Still have the new layout.

    • joejoe5709

      Yeesh. LAGGY.

  • Static_prone

    Holy crap Tim-o-tato! Please tell me you actually have Escanaba in da Moonlight in your instant queue!

  • LionStone

    Yea this tablet version showed on my Inc4 right now, it loaded up fine on 3G, watched some Burn Notice, smooth, no lag…then closed it out. A few minutes later, opened it up and it reverted.

  • infinXitive

    I had the new UI on my Rezound for about sixteen hours, and I’m not running the current version. I noticed no lag – in fact, performance seemed better than the original 1998 style Android UI to which it has since reverted. I called Netflix but the lady I spoke to said she didn’t know anything about this. I asked her to add me to the chorus of those who prefer the modernized UI.

  • Christian

    I have an HTC Incredible 2 and today while at work my Netflix UI changed. I thought that they had just done an update and my phone automatically installed it. When I logged back in earlier I was back to the old UI and looked up ‘new netflix ui’ to find this page. Was very smoothe and sooo much better… I want to back. Badly.

  • MikeSaver

    this looks like how it looks like on the ps3

  • HuskerHog

    I had it on my RAZR last night, but it is now back to the old UI.

  • DanWazz

    Just checked and looks like the tablet UI on my GNex.

  • Ethan

    Happened to me on my GS3. Thought I was crazy, then double checked on my TF300. Same UI, same layout, same everything. I thought it was a pleasant surprise- then when I woke up this morning, it had reverted back. Excited if they do keep the change though- the recently watched/resume playing section is a godsend.

  • I’m seeing this UI now when I load it up on my GS3 running CM10. I’ll mess with it a bit and see if it goes away.

    edit: the icons are horribly pixelated.

    • The new UI went away after quitting and reopening.

      • Same thing happened to me last night! Locked up and had to restart phone and back to old look.

  • Clifford Gadd

    Yep it happened to me too and then changed back.

  • I had this UI this morning when I loaded it up but then 2 hours later it’d reverted back to the standard UI. It was weird. I was kind of excited… alas, they’re such a tease 😛

  • PuzzleShot

    still not ICS design

  • Knlegend1

    Nevermind its extremely laggy.

  • I have the tablet esque UI….this was after the Pop was completely wothleas for 2 days though.
    As of this am it was still the tablet UI. And other than some pixelated movie covers the update is much faster and smoother than before

  • Knlegend1

    Yes I would like this

  • El Big CHRIS

    It did that for me yesterday and it was so laggy. Then it wouldn’t play anything. All of a sudden it went back to the previous UI. GNex AOKP Kelly bean 2.

  • Me

    I’m seeing it too, and I didn’t do the last update that made it wifi only either… interesting

    edit: And now it’s back to the old version.. that’s too weird.


    Didn’t it already have that UI look? confused..i see no diffrence

  • Drcaveman

    Really laggy interface and no freaking Landscap support still, However I like that the TV seasons are seperated, instead one giant column of shows, but the lag is disgusting and get worse with every update

  • Inquizitor

    I just jumped to the Netflix app and I’m seeing the UI right now! I imagine it’s just a webview, which is how they can update without updating the app. Well made, much faster.

  • Looks like an iPhone app. Boo

    • normmcgarry

      Looks to me like a crappy Adobe AIR app.

    • Someone downvoted you for this? The UI in these screenshots looks horribly similar to an iDevice app.

  • CAI

    I had this feature last night on my phone but it disappeared this morning. I really like the new look.

  • JamesU513

    Hate that I don’t have HD video on my Gnex

    • dsignori

      How can you hate it if you can’t tell?

      • JamesU513

        Yeah it was a pretty careless comment… But I really don’t know if I have HD or not on my Netflix for Gnex

  • Rick King

    I’m not impressed. Now that Apple has set an industry standard in functionality with their new Map app, I find it difficult to get excited about anything not living up to iOS6 Maps standards, and this, clearly does not.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      He’s being sarcastic folks . . .

      • Rick King

        I’ll just leave this here.

        • LionStone

          Oh hell no…hehe!

        • OfTheDamned

          Wait, I thought California always looked like that.

  • OFD

    My app looked like this, but as soon as i watched a video it went to the “resume” page that looks just like it always has.

  • Greg Morgan

    Its on mine currently. And the table app is terrible. Lags like there’s no tomorrow.

  • DJyoSNOW

    Min loaded up like the pics and such. Then after an exit and re open it was gone.

  • I had it for a brief moment as well. late last night. I liked it, a little slow on my galaxy nexus but not enough to make me irritated. After i watched my first video it reverted to the original layout.

  • BestonMars

    I’m seeing it on mine

  • jcorf

    I had the same thing happen on my Galaxy Nexus last night. I was more concerned with watching Sons of Anarchy than taking a screenshot.

  • RedPandaAlex

    Except the tablet app lags like you wouldn’t believe when you’re browsing

    • justincase_2008

      I always thought that was a feature.

    • Mike

      jelly bean fixed this for me..

    • NYCHitman1

      Haven’t experienced any lag whatsoever on my phone or tablet. Maybe your tablet sucks?

    • Booyah

      It’s liquid smooth on my N7

  • TG

    very cool. UI for android phones needs an overhaul.