After just a single day of Chromecast devices flying off of the shelves, Google has decided to end the sweet three months of free Netflix deal. Google reported to the LA Times that the deal was too sweet and couldn’t keep up with demand. So in essence, was Google losing too much money on the promotion? Not that they can’t afford it, but the Chromecast was costing just $11 when factoring in the promo. (more…)
Not that this is a total shocker and given that Google Fiber currently only serves a single city, Netflix has ranked America’s Internet service providers based on their average streaming speeds. Currently, Fiber outperforms all of America’s other offerings like FiOS, Comcast, Time Warner, Charter, and basically everybody else in existence by a hefty margin. (more…)
Yesterday, Netflix received a sweet little update that brought along some improvements for Android users. Adding support for Android 4.2 running devices, the user interface has been tweaked slightly to allow for “easy scrubbing” and a shiny new on-screen volume button which makes life just a tad bit easier. To top it off, they squashed some bugs and improved playback on some devices, which is always appreciated.
Go pick it up and enjoy your shows. Also, if you haven’t watched Drive with Ryan Gosling yet, I recommend it.
Recently, it’s been uncovered on a few forums and sites that the Netflix app on both Android and iOS has an “Easter egg” inside. Apparently if you have Netflix open on your phone and open on your PlayStation 3, both being connected to the same WiFi network, you can control the PS3 app from your device. Oh, well that’s nice. (more…)
On Friday, we uncovered the new UI for Netflix on Android, days before it was to go live for the world. Today, Netflix made the new phone UI official, and even created a video to talk about the added functionality, look, and new feature set. Once your device is showing the new UI, you’ll be able to quickly resume unfinished shows, double tap to watch new shows in an instant, search from anywhere in the app, and filter by more categories. This new look matches up nicely to the tablet UI while also bringing the app into 2012 and out of 2009 styling. (more…)
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!
Comcast announced today a new video streaming service that will launch this Thursday, called Streampix. It’s essentially like Netflix or any other streaming movie and TV show service with a fee, only it can be bundled with your existing Comcast service (if you have Triple Play) or added on for an additional $4.99 fee to those that are unbundled. For now, Streampix appears to only be available from within a browser or on TV, but they have plans to launch separate Xbox360 and Android apps within the year.
Our Android phones and tablets are becoming go-to entertainment devices whether we are on the move, lying in bed, or lost a battle with the wife for TV remote supremacy. With Netflix, Hulu, and a number of popular games finding their way to the platform along with HD screens, why wouldn’t you want to use your phone more? The games are console-quality now, select handsets are receiving HD feeds from movie services, and competing music stores keep one-upping each other. It’s a good time to be obsessed with your smartphone.
What takes up more of your time though? Are you a constant gamer or do you pass the time streaming video or music? Favorite game or media service?