Netflix is working on an official app that would allow users to stream movies and TV shows directly to Android devices. The company hasn’t made a formal announcement about its plans, but a recent job listing for an Android Video Playback Expert spells it out: Android will likely be the next mobile platform to get Netflix streaming.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings spent the first quarter of 2010 swearing up and down that the company was not focused on streaming to smaller screens; there were no immediate plans to implement an iPad or iPhone version—much less any other mobile version—of the service. When the iPad launched in April, however, Netflix had an app ready to go on day one. Since then, the company said that it’s planning an iPhone version of the app for sometime this summer.
A significant percentage of responses to Netflix’s iPhone app announcement consisted of requests for an Android version, and now those users will finally get what they want. When that will happen is up in the air, but it’s possible that Netflix plans to time it with the release of the iPhone version, which has yet to see the light of day. And, even though the job description doesn’t offer many details, it seems likely that the Android app will allow streaming over both WiFi and 3G, since the iOS versions do. Anyone up for a BlackBerry version next? And when will Hulu Plus catch up with Netflix and offer an Android version?