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Want to watch Netflix video streaming on your GTab?
Note: This does not work on the current Honeycomb ROMS. Instead, Download (working) Netflix 1.3 .apk here: http://www.multiupload.com/3A8C4GWL8R (Hint, use the GTab to hit the link and then install from there). BTW, Android 2.3 users may wish to try this also. Please leave a comment if it does/does not work.
Netflix has released an official application for Android. However, only a few devices have been certified to use the app and if your device is not included (the G-Tablet is not), then the application will not be presented when you search on the Android Market. Experience has shown that the application can work on many (most?) android devices. The problem is that even if you manage to find a copy of the app and install it on an unsupported device (such as the GTab), it will not work. However, there are several forums that have described the process to fool the Netflix app into thinking that you are installing it on one of the approved devices. One of those posts is on the androidtablets.net forum. I don’t know if it is original or not but it does work. Here is the link… http://www.androidtablets.net/forum/viewsonic-gtablet-technical/14746-netflix-my-g-tab.html I have no intention of trying to steal someone else’s “thunder” but in order to make it simple for those reading this post, here is a quote of the steps:
1.) Download the Root Explorer application or equivalent. (Root Explorer is a paid app, but it’s one of the best, so it may be worth it to you)
2.) Open Root Explorer and go into the System folder
3.) Once there, hit the Mount R/W button at the top right
4.) Hold down on the Build.prop file and open it in the text editor
5.) Change the following lines to look like the HTC build.prop
Here are the changes in text format:
6.) Hit menu, and Save & Exit. You should be told that the original build.prop was saved as build.prop.bak.
7.) Reboot the phone.
8.) Download and install the Netflix application, log in, and you should be good to go.
This makes your tab look like a tmobile G2 to netflix
As I said, I did NOT write these instructions. I did use them on my device and they work. The same instructions would likely work on other Android devices. You might want to check the original post to assure that these instructions are still up-to-date and appropriate for your device.
One note of caution: It is my understanding that whenever you flash a new rom, it will overwrite the build.prop file. That will require you to repeat the instructions before your Netflix app will operate correctly.
I would like to hear your comments..