Netflix for Android devices launched just a few weeks ago on five major Android smartphones. But, recently, the Netflix Android team released an updated version of the application that rid itself of the device checking maneuvers that killed playback on a majority of devices. Still, some major devices like the Motorola Atrix and HTC Thunderbolt were left with flawed playback or broken streaming.
The team over at Netflix promised additional work to make the application work on different devices, but gave no word on an expected release date for an expansion of Netflix for Android users.
Motorola’s yet to upgrade their Atrix to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but we got a hold of a leaked build yesterday and tested it out. Today, we loaded the latest .apk file from the Android Market for Netflix on the Atrix with Gingerbread. We were surprised to see that the woes of Froyo Netflix were magically cured! That’s right. Netflix works just fine on the Android 2.3 Atrix. Video plays back flawlessly on the qHD screen without any discoloration or green scanlines. We’ve thrown up a video showing the application below after the break.