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Hulu Plus comes to Android with support for six phones

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Hulu Plus has followed Netflix down the Android path today with the announcement that its service is now available on six devices, starting with the Google Nexus One and Nexus S, Motorola Droid 2, Droid X, and Atrix, and the Inspire 4G from HTC. It's not much of a selection, but the assumption is that Hulu shares the same concerns Netflix does: the video it airs is all tightly rights-managed, and seeing how Android is a bit of a free-for-all, the company wants to certify devices individually to make sure it's going to be difficult to rip streams.

What's interesting to me about this is that of the initially-supported devices, only two use Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. Qualcomm had seemed to suggest early in the year that Snapdragon's in-built support for secure media would be integral to the rollout of services like Netflix (and, by transitivity, Hulu Plus) -- but at the end of the day, it turns out that TI and Nvidia have had just as much luck being a part of these deployments. Long term, the bigger concern is that the Android ecosystem comprises a nearly endless array of hardware that's only going to grow, and it'll be tricky for these guys to stay on top of new launches in a timely fashion -- in other words, if you subscribe to these services and you're a heavy mobile user, it's always going to make you think twice about rushing out for a new model. Follow the break for Hulu's guided tour of the app.