Apr 02 AT 8:00 AM Dylan Andersen 21 Comments

QueueMan: Android’s premiere Netflix management application

Netflix is huge. With over 12 million active subscribers by the end of 2009, and predictions for over 28 million subs in 2016, Netflix is growing exponentially. It’s a great service, and if you haven’t used it before or aren’t currently using it – definitely give the 2 week free trial a try (if not for it’s awesome and huge Instant Play library).

You can watch movies, television shows and much more instantly on your Xbox 360, PS3, Roku box, or any computer with a decent browser. Netflix also supports shipping Blu-ray disks to your house and their library is expanding every month.

Up until now, Android has had only paltry attempts at making a decent queue-management application. That was until Eddie Webb created a super easy-to-use solution called QueueMan.

Users can add, browse, or move around their queue of movies, and they can even manage the instant queue. The UI leaves a bit to be desired, but the simplicity of it really goes a long ways.

The application even integrates your recommendations from the site into the app, so that you can add movies Netflix thinks that you might be interested in. The search functionality is very easy and simple to use and adding movies to either queue is quick and easy. You can also re-arrange your queue, so that you can add that season of Dexter that you’ve been dying to see to the top of your list.

QueueMan is still missing some very crucial features though. It’d be nice to see Eddie add in some barcode scanning (via ZXing’s wonderful “Barcode Scanner” application) so you can scan a DVD on the go (like in a Best Buy) and get that movie added to your instant or regular queue. Also we’re hoping that in future versions we’ll see more functionality and some better UI elements.

The application icon is a great example of how the application can progress over time. There is a donate version available on the market that is available for those willing to add to Eddie’s cause, but there’s a full-featured free version out too. The application is still in beta, so scan the QR code above today and get back to managing that queue!

Pros:

  • Easy and quick integration into your Netflix account
  • Ability to control and manipulate your instant and regular queues
  • Taps right in to Netflix’s recommendation engine
  • Lets your search the database in-app to add new movies to either queue

Needs improving:

  • User interface could use a lot of work and polish
  • Icon looks abysmal on Android 2.0+
  • Low-res graphics on the tabs of WVGA devices (Droid, Nexus One, etc.)
  • Lacks many features to make it a full, robust app

Final Verdict

In the end though, QueueMan is a great program to help you manage your Netflix queues, and is an impressive first offering from lone wolf developer Eddie Webb.

Source: QueueMan on Google Code

Dylan Andersen is a part-time developer, part-time student and full-time Android aficionado. Hailing from Colma, CA, he's knee-deep in tech territory. Currently working on his Bachelor's in English at San Francisco State University, he's always up to date on the latest mods, hacks, and applications for Android. In his spare time, he loves to drink root beer and incessantly play Battlefield 3.

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  • http://nrotpd.com Mike Pags

    “premiere” as in first, or as in best?
    You can already manage your Netflix queue via Flixter’s Movies app.

  • http://Website jbc

    Would be nice if it worked on 1.5 :(

  • http://Website Vonbane

    I’ll stick with PhoneFlicks, thanks.

    • http://Website Ant

      Yeah, PhoneFlicks is great. Better looking too…

  • http://Website Caleb

    “Movies” from Flixter also has some pretty good Netflix queue management that also integrates with the rest of the features of the app.

  • http://edwardawebb.com Eddie

    @Dylan – Thanks for the review!

    QueueMan has been a side-project for me and I am overwhelmed with the positive feedback it has received. I just needed a personal solution and it bloomed form there.

    Anyway,
    I appreciate your critical feedback, and just wanted to share what’s in the pipeline. (including the barcode scan, which will be much easier once Netflix builds out their OData instance)….
    http://code.google.com/p/queueman/issues/list

    @jbc – A fellow user pushed on me for that as well. I had to stop supporting 1.5 to add some keen new features, but you can still download the package here,
    http://code.google.com/p/queueman/downloads/list
    (And I recommend tattachpackage(?) for non-technical users to install from email.)

  • http://frostygoodness.com Frosty Goodness

    I second the mention of Movies. Its a great app,and their Netflix Queue management works really well.

  • DistortedLoop

    Add another fan of Movies (Flixster).

  • http://dylandersen.me/ Dylan Andersen

    Movies by Flixster is good, yes, but for me, it’s really bloated looking and reminds me of an iPhone app. I like QueueMan’s dedicated queue management in its own app. When the dev adds more features, it will be a lot better. It’s a great beta.

  • http://www.goldfishview.com David Shellabarger

    I didn’t know that Movies from Flixster could manage my Netflix queue. That’s awesome!
    How did you not mention that in your review?
    Actually, you didn’t mention PhoneFlicks either.
    This is like writing a review of Twicca without mentioning any other twitter app.
    Review Fail.

    • http://Website dylan andersen

      David,

      This review was primarily for focusing on QueueMan and what it doess well and what it does not so well. Thanks for reading!

  • http://Website JT

    Wake me when I can actually watch a movie on my phone. Yawn.

  • http://Website Jive

    A bit too hyperbolic and misleading, referring to QueueMan as the “premiere” Netflix app for Android. Much of the review appears to be focused on the features QueueMan lacks, which doesn’t really help to lend any credence to the “premiere” label. In fact, many of features missing in QueueMan are present in other Netflix apps such as Flixster’s Movies and PhoneFlix, which shows a lack of even the most cursory research for this review.

    I think my main problem is the title of this article. If the reviewer liked the app for its simplicity compared to other more robust and developed apps, then the title should have reflected that. Calling it “premiere” makes it sound like linkbait when the content of the review clearly doesn’t back up that claim. While not as catchy (aka linkbait-y), a title like “QueueMan: Quick and efficient Netflix queue manager” would be more fitting, not to mention more honest.

    A&M, my suggestion would be a stronger hand by the editors. In general, the website’s content has been quite good and consistent, but discordant articles like this dilute the quality of the site’s content. I, for one, will think twice when I see something referred to “premiere” or “the best” on this website from now on.

    • http://Website dylan andersen

      Jive,

      Thanks for the comment. The title is more tongue-in-cheek than anything, and is poorly paying homage to the application’s movie connection. Thanks for the thoughts!

  • http://Website Jesse

    It would be nice to mention in the article what requirements it has. It’s missing from the Market for Android 1.5 unfortunately. A bit strange since I doubt there’s any groundbreaking tech-wise in the app.

    • http://edwardawebb.com Eddie

      @Jesse, jbc

      1.6 and above introduced substantial benefits to the layout manager of Android that allowed me to cut the size of xml files in half, and reuse many of the components. This forced me to move away from new releases on 1.5. There is still a 1.5 version available on my hosted code site:
      http://code.google.com/p/queueman/downloads

      I would recommend using tAttachPackage to install the file from your email.

  • artcarney

    It seems to not work on 1.6. The program gives an error 100% of the time when trying to add something to my queue.

  • http://Website Eddie

    Thanks to all of QueueMan’s users for there patience with the rate and add issue of version 0.9.9.2

    I am still working to fix this issue, but have temporarily rolled back to the previous version which is fully functional.

    http://code.google.com/p/queueman/issues/detail?id=65

  • Pingback: QueueMan - Netflix Queue Manager for Android phones | Edward A. Webb (.com)()

  • http://androidphone-tips.blogspot.com/ Android Phone Tips

    yeah…complete tutorial to use application,i like your picture very helpful..

  • Queuing system

    Netflix queue works really well. There is a lot of state held queuing system locally.

  1. Mike PagsGuest 5 years ago

    “premiere” as in first, or as in best?
    You can already manage your Netflix queue via Flixter’s Movies app.

  2. jbcGuest 5 years ago

    Would be nice if it worked on 1.5 :(

  3. VonbaneGuest 5 years ago

    I’ll stick with PhoneFlicks, thanks.

  4. CalebGuest 5 years ago

    “Movies” from Flixter also has some pretty good Netflix queue management that also integrates with the rest of the features of the app.

  5. EddieGuest 5 years ago

    @Dylan – Thanks for the review!

    QueueMan has been a side-project for me and I am overwhelmed with the positive feedback it has received. I just needed a personal solution and it bloomed form there.

    Anyway,
    I appreciate your critical feedback, and just wanted to share what’s in the pipeline. (including the barcode scan, which will be much easier once Netflix builds out their OData instance)….
    http://code.google.com/p/queueman/issues/list

    @jbc – A fellow user pushed on me for that as well. I had to stop supporting 1.5 to add some keen new features, but you can still download the package here,
    http://code.google.com/p/queueman/downloads/list
    (And I recommend tattachpackage(?) for non-technical users to install from email.)

  6. I second the mention of Movies. Its a great app,and their Netflix Queue management works really well.

  7. Add another fan of Movies (Flixster).

  8. Movies by Flixster is good, yes, but for me, it’s really bloated looking and reminds me of an iPhone app. I like QueueMan’s dedicated queue management in its own app. When the dev adds more features, it will be a lot better. It’s a great beta.

  9. I didn’t know that Movies from Flixster could manage my Netflix queue. That’s awesome!
    How did you not mention that in your review?
    Actually, you didn’t mention PhoneFlicks either.
    This is like writing a review of Twicca without mentioning any other twitter app.
    Review Fail.

    • dylan andersenGuest 5 years ago

      David,

      This review was primarily for focusing on QueueMan and what it doess well and what it does not so well. Thanks for reading!

  10. JTGuest 5 years ago

    Wake me when I can actually watch a movie on my phone. Yawn.

  11. JiveGuest 5 years ago

    A bit too hyperbolic and misleading, referring to QueueMan as the “premiere” Netflix app for Android. Much of the review appears to be focused on the features QueueMan lacks, which doesn’t really help to lend any credence to the “premiere” label. In fact, many of features missing in QueueMan are present in other Netflix apps such as Flixster’s Movies and PhoneFlix, which shows a lack of even the most cursory research for this review.

    I think my main problem is the title of this article. If the reviewer liked the app for its simplicity compared to other more robust and developed apps, then the title should have reflected that. Calling it “premiere” makes it sound like linkbait when the content of the review clearly doesn’t back up that claim. While not as catchy (aka linkbait-y), a title like “QueueMan: Quick and efficient Netflix queue manager” would be more fitting, not to mention more honest.

    A&M, my suggestion would be a stronger hand by the editors. In general, the website’s content has been quite good and consistent, but discordant articles like this dilute the quality of the site’s content. I, for one, will think twice when I see something referred to “premiere” or “the best” on this website from now on.

    • dylan andersenGuest 5 years ago

      Jive,

      Thanks for the comment. The title is more tongue-in-cheek than anything, and is poorly paying homage to the application’s movie connection. Thanks for the thoughts!

  12. JesseGuest 5 years ago

    It would be nice to mention in the article what requirements it has. It’s missing from the Market for Android 1.5 unfortunately. A bit strange since I doubt there’s any groundbreaking tech-wise in the app.

    • EddieGuest 5 years ago

      @Jesse, jbc

      1.6 and above introduced substantial benefits to the layout manager of Android that allowed me to cut the size of xml files in half, and reuse many of the components. This forced me to move away from new releases on 1.5. There is still a 1.5 version available on my hosted code site:
      http://code.google.com/p/queueman/downloads

      I would recommend using tAttachPackage to install the file from your email.

  13. It seems to not work on 1.6. The program gives an error 100% of the time when trying to add something to my queue.

  14. EddieGuest 5 years ago

    Thanks to all of QueueMan’s users for there patience with the rate and add issue of version 0.9.9.2

    I am still working to fix this issue, but have temporarily rolled back to the previous version which is fully functional.

    http://code.google.com/p/queueman/issues/detail?id=65

  15. QueueMan - Netflix Queue Manager for Android phones | Edward A. Webb (.com)Guest 5 years ago

    [...] Dylan from AndroidAndMe.com wrote an article describing why QueueMan is the Premiere App for Android devices. [...]

  16. Android Phone TipsGuest 4 years ago

    yeah…complete tutorial to use application,i like your picture very helpful..

  17. Queuing systemGuest 1 year ago

    Netflix queue works really well. There is a lot of state held queuing system locally.