Netflix for Android tablets gets refresh; iPad version coming soon

The company says that the new interface should help customers more easily find the content they want.

A look at the new Netflix tablet application.
A look at the new Netflix tablet application Netflix

Netflix has updated its tablet application, but so far, it's only available to Android device owners.

The update delivers a new interface that Netflix says should help users more easily discover the content they want to watch. The application's layout includes clips of programs or movies users recently watched, which can be tapped to start playback. In addition, listings of top picks and content from the Instant Queue are visible under those videos.

Thanks to the new layout, the refreshed Netflix app now displays "twice as many movies and TV shows as before," the company's mobile product manager, Zal Bilimoria, wrote in a blog post announcing the update. And users hoping to get a more tablet-like experience will be happy to find out that the application now lets users "swipe through rows of titles featuring large artwork."

"We listened to you, revamped our design, and hope you'll enjoy it," Bilimoria said.

But before iPad owners try heading to the App Store to update the application, they should be aware that so far it's only available on Android tablets, including the new Amazon Kindle Fire. Netflix expects to release the iPad version featuring the same layout "in the coming weeks."

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Don Reisinger is a technology columnist who has covered everything from HDTVs to computers to Flowbee Haircut Systems. Besides his work with CNET, Don's work has been featured in a variety of other publications including PC World and a host of Ziff-Davis publications.

 

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