Online movie streaming service Netflix has released an app for Google’s Android platform, but the service is limited to only a few Android phones.
Android users will be able to watch their favorite movies on their devices using the app, which brings almost all the features available in the desktop.
Netflix said that it can only offer partial support because not every Android phone comes with the requisite playback features required by the app to stream movies. However, the company promised to add support for other Android devices in the future, Wired reports.
So far, only HTC Incredible with Android 2.2, HTC Nexus One with Android 2.2, 2.3, HTC Evo 4G with Android 2.2 and the Samsung Nexus S with Android 2.3 will be able to download the free app from the Android Market app store.
“In the absence of standardization, we have to test each individual handset and launch only on those that can support playback. We are aggressively qualifying phones and look forward to expanding the list of phones on which the Netflix app will be supported,” the company said in a statement.
Of course, Netflix has been available for some time on the iPhone, iPad and the Windows Phone because these standardised formats are easier for Netflix to deal with.