Motorola Droid Bionic & Droid 3 Feature Boost: Possible Netflix HD

We’ve brought you so many posts now about the Motorola Droid Bionic that quite frankly we imagined there was not much left to say. We’ve also been bringing you news on the Motorola Droid 3, due for release very shortly. Many of you are waiting for the release of either of these Android smartphones and we’ve just heard some news of a feature boost that could make the wait more interesting, the possibility of Netflix HD.

We recently gave you news of unconfirmed release dates for both the Droid Bionic and the Droid 3 so click the links for more on those. Now it seems that Texas Instruments and its OMAP 4 platform has gained the Netflix HD certification for mobile. Any Android handsets to be launched using the OMAP 4 processor could now benefit from Netflix HD. TI gained the certification by using its M-shield technology, which met the strict security levels required. The technology allows mobiles to run alternative apps and services while keeping CPU loading low, enabling optimal playback at the same time. Thus Netflix HD will be able to be used on OMAP 4 devices to stream 1080p HD content, which can also be mirrored to other larger-screened devices.

This is where things get interesting as Kellex over on Droid-Life notes the almost complete certainty of the Droid 3 having the OMAP 4 processor, meaning support for Netflix HD would be likely at some point. While you might not want to view HD content on a 4-inch screen the Droid 3 also has HDMI mirroring as a feature so this will be a bit plus point for many thinking of purchasing the Droid 3.

Of course we then turn our attention to the Motorola Droid Bionic and there was some doubt originally as to whether this would have a Tegra 2 processor or a Texas Instruments processor. However a few weeks ago we reported on some leaked benchmarks, which revealed a PowerVR SGX 540 GPU that would match TI’s OMAP 4330 or 4440 dual-core processors. Although this has not been confirmed the signs are looking promising that the Droid Bionic will also be revealed with a TI OMAP 4 processor, ready for Netflix HD further down the line on its larger 4.5-inch display (rumored for ‘improved’ Bionic).

If you want to read more about how Texas Instruments gained Netflix HD certification for its OMAP 4 platform then check out an article over on PCMag, which tells more. What are your thoughts on this promising news for the Motorola Droid Bionic and Droid 3? Is it yet another reason to wait for the Bionic to show? Let us know with your comments.