We’ve known (and prayed) for some time that an official Netflix client would hit Android eventually, and now, just two days after Google I/O yielded news that HTML5 would bring Netflix instant streaming to Chrome on multiple platforms, the Android Market has been blessed–at long last–with an official Netflix client.
You can search and browse by category, manage your instant queue, and yes, even stream video to your phone. That is, if you’re lucky.
The app is popping up in the Market device by device, and while I was able to install it on my EVO 4G (after scrolling down the list of results for my “Netflix” search), the Market on my Sidekick 4G isn’t seeing the app yet. Getting the app isn’t the only reason you’ll need luck, as different platforms will be given the green light in the coming hours and days. No, consider yourself lucky if you’re actually able to stream video. My EVO will start to load one, but then the app crashes and I am returned to the home screen.
Let’s hope for rapid updates.
This post will be updated with a Market link when it is available.