BigFlix, the Reliance ADA Group owned online movie streaming and DVD rental service, has launched an Android app, that lets users watch movie trailers, full movies, plays, music videos and short films on their smartphones, reports AndroidOS.in. We tried using the app on a WiFi connection and on MTNL 3G ,and found that it currently offers only free content. However, content in regional languages such as Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada, among others, is abundant.
The interface of the app is rather basic, and to our surprise the app does not utilize Android’s native ‘Menu’ key. Infact, pressing the Menu key from the main content menu makes the user exit the app. So, in order to browse and navigate inside the app, one needs to use the the app’s own ‘Browse’ button. One reason for this might also be that the app has been ported from a Java version.
One can browse through different sub-categories on the basis of language, alphabet and genre, and add videos to a Playlist. However, one needs to register for the service in order to use the Playlist functionality, and unfortunately the app does not offer in-app registration or a link to register, for new users. Users can also share what they’re watching on Facebook and Twitter. We were able to stream videos on a WiFi connection and on MTNL 3G, without problems, though the app did crash on one or two occasions.
We look forward to an iPad and an Android (Honeycomb) app, because this app will be a good fit for tablets, which offer more screen real estate.