Android LG Revolution & Netflix App: Smooth as Butter

We’re seeing some great stuff come out of MWC 2011 in Barcelona at the moment but today we saw something we didn’t expect to see. An Android phone, the LG Revolution, streaming Netflix as smoothly as butter. However all was not quite what it seemed as the Snapdragon chip powering the LG Revolution was one that is not yet available to the public.

This new Snapdragon chip from Qualcomm sounds like great news as Watch Instantly will be able to be brought to Android, but the bad news is that current Snapdragon devices won’t be able to take advantage of the app. The Netflix app for Android must use the new Snapdragon chip and not only that, but there is no word yet from Qualcomm on when it may be released, according to Darren Murph over on Engadget.

Engadget has been kind enough to release a video of the LG Revolution showing Netflix and you can see that video below this story. However the good news is that when new devices with HDMI sockets do come out using this new Netflix-compatible Snapdragon chip, then users will be able to stream content directly to their HDTV’s. Murph was at pains to stress that the app and hardware used for this demonstration were just for demo purposes, but also said he would be amazed if the LG Revolution doesn’t feature this compatibility when released.

Kevin Krause from Phandroid also reports on the Netflix on Android demonstration and says that a Qualcomm rep told him how security concerns had previously kept Netflix from Android devices and that when it arrives it will only come pre-installed on devices that measure up to security standards and not from the Android Market. What are your thoughts on a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip with capability of a Netflix app for Androids? Let us know your thoughts on this.

  • Ryan

    It’s about time. The iPhone has been doing this since day one. Now I can consider buying android phones. Not having Netflix has been a deal breaker for me. Hopefully they will make an android phone with a battery decent enough to stream video for more than a few minutes. I can watch Netflix on my iPhone for about 3 hours before I need to be concerned about my battery.