I recently got an opportunity to upgrade my phone through Verizon Wireless. I took advantage of the opportunity and got the HTC Thunderbolt 4G (Android) one week after launch because the specs were amazing, and the early reviews were high.
I am pleased with the phone. Super pleased. It’s speed and reliability is far better than my previous HTC Droid Eris. I also love the Android OS, I’ve gotten really good at navigating my phones running Android, and I am a huge fan of the apps that are available. The combination is perfect for me and my usage.
But there are some things about it and the Android platform, in general, that annoy me.
The biggest is that there is no Netflix streaming app for Android. Well, there is, but…I’ll get to that in a minute.
For the iPhone, now available on AT&T and Verizon Wireless, there has been a Netflix streaming app available for at least a year now. If you ask me, this puts iPhone at a slight advantage over Google Android. I’ve never used an iPhone, but it seems just about as intuitive as Android with it’s own specific intricacies. The fact that you could stream movies and television shows from your phone (on an iPhone) is a no brainer and a great sell point.
So Netflix delivered the message that an Android app has been developed and has launched for some phones. How annoyed did you think I was when I saw that my phone, which hasn’t even been on the market for two months, is not supported for the app?
If you guessed “Very,” you are correct.
Here I am with a super fast phone, the only phone currently available to access Verizon Wireless’s 4G network (which I found was faster than my home WiFi when I got to try it out in NYC last weekend – can’t wait for 4G in Albany!), and I can’t stream Netflix.
I had to wait until this past week to get an updated Skype app which supports video chat (in and out via the front facing camera). That one was worth the wait, but still should have been available at launch of the phone with the hardware.
It would be like if they released a car that was powered by a special fuel that has yet to be synthesized.
The MyVerizon android app doesn’t even work for the Thunderbolt. When you go to download it, it will let you. And when you go to install it, it will let you. Yet, when you go to run it, you get a weird error. When I was running it on the Eris, it was amazing. Why would allow your current flagship phone to not support your official app?
Sure, go ahead, file this under the category of “first world problems.” But they’re first world problems that I’m paying for.
Fix this, Verizon Wireless…