Thursday, July 21, 2011

Getting NetFlix on your Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Finally Netflix came out with a version that runs on the Samsung Galaxy Tab. However (possibly for marketing reasons), they don't claim to officially support it - they only support the Lenovo tablets.

There were a few posts about where you could download the Netflix apk from, but being a paranoid security guy, I didn't want to pick up an apk from an unknown source. So here is what I did:

Downloaded the Netflix app on my NexusOne. Then connected it to my laptop and pulled the apk off the phone and then installed it on my Galaxy Tab.

Manual steps:
1. Download Netflix on your supported Android phone
2. Connect phone to your laptop via USB (I assume you already have adb working correctly - to verify, run adb devices and make sure your phone shows up)
3. On a command line, run:
    adb pull /data/app/
4. Disconnect phone and connect the tablet (again, verify with adb devices)
5. On the command line, run:
    adb install

If you do download the apk from another place, verify that the sum (using the cygwin sum command) is:
33864 7206