Netflix for Android gets tablet-esque update

Netflix has pushed out a new version of its app for Android smartphones, with a new UI, more movie details and content, and easier access to recently watched and part-watched shows. The updated Netflix for Android borrows liberally from the Android tablet version launched last year, squeezing more titles and galleries into the scrolling UI, and still delivering plenty of personalized suggestions.

The recently-watched content now shows up at the top of the list, while the Instant Queue – which not all regions get access to – is now slotted in below the Home screen under the Top 10 list. Hitting browse opens up the various genre options, sorted by category, and there's a children's section with titles organized by age rating.

A single tap on a title calls up information on the content, and then a double-tap actually starts playback. There's also persistent access to search throughout the new app.

Netflix for Android is a free download, though you'll obviously need an active Netflix subscription in order to actually use it. It's compatible with Gingerbread phones and above.