Netflix for Android review: Simple, stable streaming video on the go

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CNET Editors' Rating

4.5 stars Outstanding
  • Overall: 8.6
  • Installation and Setup: 9.0
  • Features and Support: 8.0
  • Interface: 9.0
  • Performance: 10.0
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The Good Netflix for Android gives you great-looking streaming movies and shows. Controls are smooth and performance is reliable.

The Bad The streaming library is only a fraction of the larger DVD library. You still can't add to or change your DVD queue via the app.

The Bottom Line If you don't mind the limited streaming library, Netflix offers great picture quality, smooth controls, and reliable performance.

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Netflix for Android lets subscribers watch movies and TV shows on the service's Instant Watch library. While the streaming service isn't nearly as strong as the Netflix DVD library, it's great to have the option to pick from several shows to watch on a mobile device wherever you are.

The Netflix app's straightforward design starts off with a home screen that shows you your most recently viewed and incomplete shows at the top for easy access, then featured content like popular shows and recommendations based on your viewing history. You can swipe up to view more content from various genres, then swipe left to view more shows from each genre. Of course you can also browse for movies and shows by more typical genres, like Action, TV Shows, and Comedies, by hitting the Browse button in the upper left, then choosing a genre.

With the Netflix app, you can see featured content on the Home screen or browse through the catalog by genre. Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET

When you touch a title, the app shows you all the details: the star rating, synopsis, and a list of episodes for TV shows. A drop-down menu lets you quickly switch to a later season, and you can browse by episode in the list below.

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About The Author

Jason Parker has been at CNET for more than 13 years. He is the Senior Editor in charge iOS software and has become an expert reviewer of the software that runs on each new Apple device. He now spends most of his time covering Apple iOS releases and third-party apps.

About The Author

Jaymar Cabebe covers mobile apps and Windows software for CNET. While he may be a former host of the Android Atlas Weekly podcast, he doesn't hate iOS or Mac. Jaymar has worked in online media since 2007.