Of the many things you can do on your Android smartphone with its large—and possibly high-definition screen—enjoying a good movie ranks highly. Whether you’re waiting for a plane or without a television, these apps provide the best movie content directly to your phone or tablet.
You can use your Netflix account to watch shows on your Android device. Although support for phones and tablets was scarce in the beginning, the Netflix Android app now works on devices sporting Android version 2.2 through Android 4.0. Your account lets you stream thousands of movies from the service’s archives, so make sure you have a strong network or Wi-Fi connection before attempting to watch movies on your phone or tablet.
Sony’s entertainment service and its Android app may not have the popularity of Netflix, but the Crackle app provides plenty of entertainment. You can watch Sony properties like “Seinfeld” and Groundhog Day with the Crackle app on your Android device. Plus, Web series like “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” and “ Penn Says” are free on this app.
This app is free for existing customers of HBO. You don’t need to sit at home and wait for the next airing of The Change Up because the Android app lets you watch the service that you already purchased. HBO Go is compatible with a variety of Android phones and the Kindle Fire.
Anime fans rejoice. A free Android app also exists for you. Crunchyroll might have a silly name, but this app brings some serious entertainment. From “Naruto” to “Bleach”, you can check out the latest shows just one hour after they air in Japan. You can subscribe to the service and watch anime in high definition for $6.95 per month.
Full Length Classics
If you’re into traditional films, check out this app. Full Length Classics depends on YouTube or a Flash-based movie app, which lets you watch over 500 classic films. The titles aren’t always the most exciting, and the bulk of the movies are in the genre of drama. However, you can also enjoy history and film noir with this app.
Google’s own market for Android apps and content is often overlooked for its movies. However, Play allows you to rent movies for just a few dollars a pop. The market includes popular titles like the recently-released The Hunger Games and 21 Jump Street . You can also buy entire seasons of television shows for less than the DVD set, and Google gives you the new episodes as they for series that you’ve purchased.
No list would be complete without a nod to Hulu Plus, the major competition to streaming services like Netflix. You can stream unlimited content on your Android device if you already subscribe to Hulu Plus. The app works on more than a dozen Android tablets and twice as many Android-powered phones. Available titles include Good Will Hunting and The Crow.
Of course, this list doesn’t detail every Android movie app ever. However, it will definitely get you started.