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Netflix finally comes to Android, Qualcomm's promise of future compatibility seems moot

Netflix finally comes to Android, Qualcomm's promise of future compatibility seems moot

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Well, this is interesting: Engadget notes that Netflix, complete with Watch Instantly streaming support, just hit the Android Market for a bunch of phones -- including several that operate on older Qualcomm cores like the HTC Evo 4G and Nexus One. Qualcomm stirred up some noise back in February when it sent out a press release noting that future Snapdragon-powered devices -- presumably those using the company's newest cores that are powering devices like the LG Revolution and HTC Evo 3D -- would have access to Netflix streaming by virtue of their "turnkey" media protection capabilities at the silicon level. Thing is, those devices aren't out yet and this app is live... so either Netflix changed its mind about certifying older processors, or Qualcomm simply failed to mention that its partnership with Netflix would ultimately apply to older processors as well.

So far, I've tested a G2x and a Nexus S 4G; I don't see Netflix listed in the Android Market on the G2x, but I do on the Nexus, which runs a first-generation 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird core. The G2x uses Tegra 2 -- so if Netflix isn't ready for any Tegra 2 devices yet, that'll affect Atrix owners along with a bunch of tablets. More on this as we test a few more pieces of hardware -- and if you've got experiences of your own to report, drop them in comments.

Update: And Netflix has a product page up that lists precisely five devices that are currently compatible: the HTC Incredible, Evo 4G, G2, Nexus One, and the Samsung Nexus S -- three Snapdragons, one slightly underclocked Snapdragon by a different name, and a Hummingbird. Interesting hodgepodge, but the company says that it's having to test handsets one by one in the absence of "standard streaming playback features that the Netflix application can use." Fragmentation, indeed.

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