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Netflix Version 3.0 Ready for Rollout to Android, Brings New Life to Struggling App

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Thank goodness, the Netflix team is starting to push out a completely updated Android app. Version 3.0 is starting to leak through the cracks, and it is a good update for anyone who has been frustrated over the current version’s icky performance. As of right now, the Netflix app stutters all over the place, having a hard time even scrolling through the endless lists of available content. It’s a poor experience, but 3.0 should fix that right up. 

With the newest version, which should be live for everyone on Google Play sometime soon, a completely new slide-out navigation bar has been added, as well as an action bar for access to Settings and logging out. The entire app looks sharper than the previous version, and the playback experience has also received a boost. For any Chromecast users, don’t worry, that function is still alive and well.

If you start seeing it rolled out, let us all know.

Via: Android Police

  • Tim Collins

    When will Netflix bring profiles to the Android app?!!!

  • huskerhog

    SO much faster now. Love it.

  • Razma

    thank god, that app is such a turd, takes forever to boot up and find anything. hopefully they fix the problem with the chromecast, where if you minimize the app to do something on ur phone and the show ends, then the app crashes

  • PickAName

    I see nothing. Tim-O-Tato lied! :)

  • M3D1T8R

    Still buggy, freezes up video but audio keeps going, just not as bad as before. Still no multi profile support. (Nexus 7 2012, and DNA)

  • John Davids

    Hope it allows landscape view when navigating the menus.

    • turdbogls

      it does

      • John Davids

        Huzzah!

  • http://Twitter.com/ContestsAccount bigrob60

    Forget this update, Chromecast brought that app back to life. I use it nightly because of it.

    • edmicman

      I was gonna say, I use the Netflix app all the time, but just to throw things to the Chromecast. Seems to work just fine for that.

  • Ryan Ropero

    Does it do HD on mobile now??

  • Paul Hansen
  • Nathaniel Otto

    LOVE this new version. the lag is gone, also i can keep my device in landscape mode to search through stuff.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    The updates for kitkat begin

  • Jason Kahn

    To the Peterang!!!!!
    On a more serious note anyone know if autoplays the next episode now?
    Have they added landscape support on Phones?

  • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

    Hopefully it fixes my main issue with the app: no way of managing your disc queue. Even the Blockbuster app has that, c’mon Netflix!

    • http://twitter.com/savagejeep SavageJeep

      I just remembered that we used to have these archaic devices that used plastic optical raised surfaces for media playback. Strange artifacts. /s

      • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

        @savagejeep:disqus If you want convenience, stream all you want. I prefer quality. Nothing like 30+ Mbps video + 1.5 Mbps DTS HD 5.1 audio. I use streaming when friends come over, but for personal viewing I’m all discs.

  • http://www.hammertechnologies.net/ Chase Johnson

    i hope it updates on my Vizio smart tv…im tired of it working for only a couple weeks then it freezes so i have to factory reset it to wipe the memory to work again.

  • Shane Redman

    ….but will it now auto-play the next episode of a series automatically?

    • http://www.gorecording.com/ Nicholassss

      #1 most needed feature for the app.

    • Pierito

      OMG hit the nail on the head Mr. Shane…..RIGHT ON THE HEAD.

      • Mahercs

        Odd that you ask for this. Mine does it without my touching it.

        • http://Twitter.com/ContestsAccount bigrob60

          Mine also.

        • Luke Sketch Brickley

          via phone?

        • alex drum

          No… it just doesn’t. The app doesn’t have “selective autoplay” features.

        • Mahercs

          I don’t recall making any settings changes. I’ve been watching Breaking Bad and when one episode ends, the next one fires up. I only have used Netflix on my phone, so I don’t know how some of us experience this and others don’t. In any case, the update takes care of it, so it’s no problem any more.

  • StuckOnVerizonForever

    Why is Drive on your list? Avoid that with all costs. Terrible. Features a slightly retarded and mute, Gosling.

  • Eric

    The app isn’t a big deal, how about getting a better movie and tv show selection? I haven’t used my netflix in months.

  • joejoe5709

    Seems like mostly under the hood stuff. I only had a couple minutes with it, but not a huge difference in UI or performance.

    • Chris

      UI doesnt need to be changed. Performance boosts is always a good thing

  • Cowboydroid

    Silverlight constantly crashes on Chromecast.

    Netflix really needs to get their crap together.

  • Chris

    Good. Netfix was at times unusable due to the scrolling issue.

    just waiting for the “why watch movies on your phone” comments….. must be the same who complained about beta max and VHS

  • starnovsky

    I hope it’s a native code this time

  • DainLaguna

    On a side note, drive is freaking incredible

    • Ray Gray

      That movie was kind of dry

    • KleenDroid

      It was an OK movie. But I don’t think it rises to the level of “freaking incredible” :)

  • Daniel

    But will the app actually ROTATE and have a landscape view FINALLY??? That is the single-most-annoying thing with the current app, it is locked into portrait unless you are playing a video, then it rotates. Why can’t the entire app just rotate like it does on tablets?!?! This is particularly annoying when watching via HDMI-out on a TV and the menus are all a portrait sliver in the middle until I pick something to watch.

    • RoadsterHD1

      I completely agree.

    • Chris-BoT

      Yes it does! I just confirmed.

      Netflix: NEED user profile support on android!! I made up my new profiles as soon as they were available on the web, and they are accesible though the apps on bluray player. But because we have NO profile support on android it completely BREAKS profile usability. We have 3 android devices AND I use a chromecast at home….so profiles are completely useless until you have Android support.

      PS- The app update is quite nice and appreciated otherwise.

      • ziplock9000

        I’m in the same boat as you, I simply cannot use Netflix on Android yet. It’s an absolute joke the way they have done this. It’s not like the Android version lacks a feature.. it’s that the Android app does not correctly work with permanent changes to a Netflix account. On top of that, god knows why they left the platform with the most users LAST!!!

  • Jayracer7474

    Apk?

  • Taylor Abrahamson

    FINALLY!

  • Godzilla

    I like that app, not sure why its struggling.

    • turdbogls

      performance on it was less than stellar. i think thats what he meant…not netflix on the whole is struggling.

      app was laggy, and slow, sometimes wouldn’t start up fully (stuck on initial netflix loading screen) wouldn’t recognize touches ect. this happened on my G-nex AND my 2013 N7. it was a bad app. this update seems to have improved it greatly in the couple minutes i played around with it.

      • JoshGroff

        Most of the problems registering touches seemed to occur when switching back to Netflix from another app. I’ve had that problem on every device I’ve used it on. Always had to close and restart it to bring back functionality.

        • turdbogls

          nah, it would work on the second touch…..I just attributed it to the app still “loading” if i gave it a couple seconds from the time the images loaded, it would work.

          also, there was no “pressed” animation so it was hard to tell when it was pressed. both are fixed now, as are my Bluetooth issues. best update i have seen in a while.

  • Dominick White

    Tge app is a lot easier use and the app got a bit of Polish, plus it loads much faster And I like the pull out tab on the left, that shows all the different genre’s of movies.

  • terry12s

    I’ve had this update for a few days now I believe. The app works really nice!

  • OneForTheGoodDays

    All I care about is if they allow you to somehow access all your user accounts… seems daft to have not included this when it’s the greatest thing about the online experience.

    • Marcellus111

      It is strange they have not included it for most android devices. My Google TV (LG55GA7900) netflix app started using profiles the same time they went live on the web, but I’ve been waiting for the profiles to show up on my tablet and phone.

      • marybalk325

        just as Cindy explained I am shocked that some people can make $7992 in one month on the computer. visit site http://www.works77.com

    • MrToTo83

      Does not have user accounts…. Odd since the iphone already has it. I would love for my wife to stop watching her junk on my account….

  • yodatom10

    I would love to see a google play tv all access similar. to there music plan there library is getting bigger and bigger every day

    • TheWenger

      That would be awesome. Unfortunately it would realistically cost hundreds of dollars every month.

    • Justin W

      I’m thinking Google Play All Access… Access to all media available for one (hopefully) low price? Sign me up.

  • Andrew

    Performance should always take priority over being pretty.

    I’m talking about apps.

    • SemahjLam

      you really need both to succeed