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Droid X gets Netflix, reminds us how far we are from Android-wide distribution

June 16, 2011 | by Charles West

Entertainment, Motorola


It’s been a little more than two weeks since we shared the great news that Motorola Droid X users would finally receive their Gingerbread update. Now, Droid X users will be able to satisfy their Netflix addiction where ever they may be; this made possible because of the recent Gingerbread update — yes, it’s the real deal. So hackers out there, you don’t have to go through the tinkering anymore. Before this update, Netflix originally worked only with the EVO 4G and a short list of devices.

You can now add Droid X to this list. This update only puzzles me more when comes to the process in which Netflix uses when it picks a device to support. Like I said before, as a MyTouch 4G user I am still baffled as to why my device isn’t supported — maybe it has to do with the Espresso UI that T-Mobile slapped on it. Netflix originally hinted that Qualcomm processors would be required for Android, but that hasn’t been the case.

Could Gingerbread be the cause? Not really. Netflix was working perfectly on the EVO 4G before the Gingerbread update actually made it incompatible with the app. I for one wish  T-Mobile could deliver the goods on a official Gingerbread update for the MyTouch 4G, even if just for the off chance that I may have the opposite effect. This is very frustrating to many Android users, Netflix is stuck behind the times and not supporting marquee devices capable of running it.

Much like the rest of the marquee devices out there, I’ve had to resort to the Android community for my Gingerbread fix instead of waiting for carriers to deliver it officially. Cyanogen Mod 7 (2.3.3) has been totally reliable for me and maybe they’ll be able to deliver Netflix in the near future, especially if the streaming giant can’t get it together with its glacier-like process. Until then, I’ll wait jealously while others watch their favorite movies.

Droid X owners, simply head over to the market and install the Netflix app. If you’re too lazy (like me), hit our install button below. Let us know how it works for you, and happy streaming!

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source: Android Central