Netflix Updates Android App With Social Recommendations, Rolls Out Android Wear Smartwatch Integration
A couple of months ago, Netflix started rolling out a Social Recommendation feature for many of its apps. Now, that feature has been added to Android devices, with one smartwatch-shaped improvement.
Just like Netflix users have been able to do on iOS, PlayStation, Xbox and in their browsers for a couple of months now, Android users can now send and receive Netflix recommendations through Facebook integration. Right from the Netflix app, Android users are able to recommend TV shows and movies to their Facebook friends, and they can receive the recommendations their friends have sent their way.
Social Recommendations come with a few extra features on Netflix for Android. The app takes advantage of Android's push notifications to let you know whenever you get a new recommendation. For those early adopters with an Android Wear smartwatch, the features get even cooler. When a friend sends you a recommendation, you can check it out right on your wrist. So if a friend sends you a recommendation for Orange Is the New Black, the Android Wear integration allows you to thank your friend for the recommendation, get more information on the show or easily open it up on their phone to see what all the fuss is about, all from the little device sitting on your wrist.
Introduced back in September, Netflix's Social Recommendations allow users who have connected their Netflix account to their Facebook account to send recommendations to their Facebook friends. If their friend has also connected Netflix to Facebook, the recommendation will show up the next time they log onto Netflix. Otherwise, the recommendation will be sent to the friend via a private message. Predicting the Internet's natural trepidation, Netflix promises that it will never post directly to a friend's News Feed, keeping everything private.