The hugely popular Movies by Flixster app for Android received a rather large update today in the Google Play Store. For being Friday the 13th things are looking up already. Surprisingly the update oddly lists multiple fixes for yes, Android 1.5 and 1.6 (Donut and Cupcake) devices for the few that still have them. Flixster specifically mentioned better video streaming on mobile data, which I’m not seeing any improvements on.
Movies by Flixster is the number one movie app for Android, being on the editors choice list and having somewhere between 10 and 50 million downloads. Sadly I’d have to say it is good, but is no iMDB that is for sure. iMDB recently updated with 720p video streaming and it looks incredible on mobile devices, while Flixster still looks substandard to say the least. (see screenshot)
The update mentions video streaming improvements over a cellular connection, but doesn’t seem better on 3G, 4G or WiFi for me. Other changes are present and they include: Multiple UI improvements and tweaks to the My Movies tab, faster performance app-wide, crashes and freezes for old Android 1.5 devices, and improved the log out issues some have been reporting.
Flixster is still my number one app when I need to quickly find a local movie theater or a new movie to watch, but I’d love better previews and video streaming.