MWC 2011: LG Revolution spotted running Netflix

MWC 2011: LG Revolution spotted running Netflix

Summary: Qualcomm revealed yesterday that the new Snapdragon chips can support Netflix on Android devices. To prove it, the LG Revolution has already been spotted streaming from Netflix at Mobile World Congress.

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Qualcomm revealed yesterday that the new Snapdragon platform can support Netflix on Android devices. To prove it, the LG Revolution has already been spotted streaming from Netflix at Mobile World Congress.

The next generation of dual-core and quad-core chips aren't expected to arrive until early 2012, but we can get a peek at the power already. Engadget has a hands-on video of the Android-based LG Revolution running Watch Instantly.

As exciting as this news is for Android users, don't get ahead of yourselves just yet. Phandroid reports that Netflix "will only come pre-installed on devices with hardware that meets security standards" and it will not appear in the Android Market. This could eventually change some day, but given that the chips that support Netflix for Android mobile devices aren't even out yet, that could be a long time from now.

[Image via Engadget]

Topics: Android, Apps, Hardware, Mobile OS, MWC, Security

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  • RE: MWC 2011: LG Revolution spotted running Netflix

    Then I am done with netflix and I will wait until somebody else gets a clue and offers these services.
    slickjim
  • RE: MWC 2011: LG Revolution spotted running Netflix

    ...and with all of the VERY LOW and expensive capped data plans the carriers are trying to get everyone to switch to, one won't be able to actually USE this feature without paying through the nose.

    So why not report on the real issues, like the extremely limited bandwidth many people are allowed before their data plan gets very very expensive?

    How about an article on how these next generation applications such as working media streaming won't actually be able to be used due to the carriers milking their customers for data overage by setting the caps really, REALLY low?
    thombone
    • RE: MWC 2011: LG Revolution spotted running Netflix

      @thombone

      Easy, switch to Sprint. I pay $45.60 a line, and I have unlimited data. For it to be affordable, you'll want to have a family plan with five lines, but still... that's a heck of a deal. Also, I have two Clear connections (WiMax) for $50/mo total with unlimited internet for use in my tablet and laptop. So It's entirely possible to have inexpensive unlimited mobile internet these days, you just have to work hard to find and get those deals. ;-D
      j.harper12
  • RE: MWC 2011: LG Revolution spotted running Netflix

    It is sad to see so many INVALID reasons for why they won't allow it to run on devices that are more than capable of supporting it. To state that "Qualcomm revealed yesterday that the new Snapdragon platform ..." is just plain insulting to anyone who actually understands that ALL android devices released can support playing streaming video content. No one needed to "reveal" this! The bottom line is that most of the companies involved just want make more money off of you by forcing you to buy a new phone.
    AndroPhoneFan