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Netflix Android App Headed to Qualcomm Snapdragon Phones First?

The Netflix app has been in the works on Android for what seems like an eternity, but according to a Qualcomm rep we may actually be closer to a release than most of us had expected.  Our buddy Taylor over at Android and Me had the opportunity to hit up one of the processor gurus while at CES and the topic of Netflix came up.  This insider mentioned that Qualcomm is pushing to have the app released on their phones running Snapdragon processors first because of their sophisticated security measures…

“We have been working with Netflix to bring their service for the first time to Android phones. Because of our ability to have very sophisticated SecureMSM and all kinds of layers of security we have been able to get Netflix approval. We meet all of the very stringent security requirements of the studios and we have been working with an OEM to have Netflix come pre-loaded.”

Since we had seen the app running on an LG Revolution which has a Snapdragon processor, we could see the app in a matter of weeks.  Why so soon?  Well because the HTC Thunderbolt is also a Snapdragon phone and should be here some time in February.

Who’s ready for 4G LTE streamed movies?

Source:  Android and Me

  • Efendi101

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  • Admin

    Omg release it all ready… I know several people who switched to iphones just to have netflix

  • Schultino

    :( very disappointed with both Netflix and Android for not sorting this out… i just bought the Atrix & can stream thru my phone!??!?!?!? Cmon guys?!?!? Blockbuster app will be in effect in 12 days… gud luck Netflix with keeping my business!
    epic fail…

  • Nyurbiz

    Gimme gimme on my G2.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WNT3J5ZVIXMJQGMPAW5YKNAPEM Amy

    Seriously? Absolute horseshit. For the huge number of consumers with current droidphones who will be shit out of luck unless they upgrade, this is more of a middle finger from Netflix to Droid users than the Windows Phone 7 app was.

  • Dewayne Gaines

    How would Netflix like every android user to drop their services until they provide us with an app?

  • lmwmib

    Well as happy as I can possibly be that they are offering a Netflix Android App for some Android phones, I would be very happy if I have this work off 3G on my Motorola DroidX. :-(

  • Pgood33605

    How much longer before the details are ironed out and we can finally get netflix for our droid device.

  • http://whitemarket.freeforums.org/ Avery Dejuan Herron

    The fact that it may come preloaded pisses me off just one more reason to root because I won’t be using netflix.

  • Jawshua

    Well I don’t need 4G, I stream on my iPod 4G and it comes in crystal clear using Wi-Fi! I hope they offer it to all users soon, it shouldn’t just be for certain phones, that’s stupid! I know positively I’m not gonna buy a phone just because it can stream Netflix. Tell us when it arrives for everyone on the Market and I’ll be excited. I have it on everything, my imac 10.6.6, my Xbox 360 and my iPod Touch. My DROIDX is the only device I’ve been waiting forever to get this on, come on Netflix, quit making us wait forever!

  • Anonymous

    You have read my mind!! Thanks for the post Kellex!!! I was hoping to hear about this regarding the Thunderbolt. I want to get the device but I was sincerely hoping that Netflix would be a part of the experience. It really makes since for Netflix to get behind this especially since HTC is promoting this as a multimedia device. I have been searching for any info on this for days now, should have known DL was on the case!!

    • Anonymous

      lol, glad im getting the thunderbolt but now i feel bad about qualcom because everyone else after 2nd half will have the dual core’s and ill have this single but good core… :( still getting it though! lol

      • Anonymous

        Right! I was looking at the dual cores too because they are going to dominate in Q3 & 4. I don’t know why Qualcomm didn’t bring the TBolt out with duo’s but the 2nd gen Snapdragon is no slouch, either. I want to wait but I really want the 4G LTE as my city supports it, plus the specs are good for a next gen device.

  • Anonymous

    Let the apk ripping begin!

  • Anonymous

    I hope they make this for a dual quad core phone with a petabyte of memory and a 4D screen. This app will be useless otherwise.

  • http://twitter.com/vdefender Taylor Abrahamson

    Yeah.. Good luck watching more than 5 movies in a month with verizons data cap. Eachaditional movie (~700mb) will cost you $10 for the extra 1GB slice of data.

    • http://twitter.com/vdefender Taylor Abrahamson

      I am on verizon and will be getting the Thunderbolt, and I really hope it will be netflix complient, but I just don’t know how usful it will be with a data cap :/

    • Anonymous

      why the fuck….yes i said it…..do you think there’s a data cap….so far there is none so just leave it at that….you don’t know and this would make it seem more like they would leave it unlimited as it is now…

  • Anonymous

    This is useless without a 4D screen upgrade anyway. Totally not worth it until then.

  • Anonymous

    Me likey Netflix. But me don’t like waiting years to have it on my phone :(

  • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

    Netflix should be concentrating on getting the app to the upcoming crop of Tegra 2 based tablets because tablet is where it makes more sense to view video, not a phone.

  • Anonymous

    Give us the apk or zip. We want it…

    • Jawshua

      Yes! Getting the apk for it would be awesome, I hope someone delivers that soon to us all!

  • EC8CH

    I hope to hell this app gets ported

  • EC8CH

    I hope to hell this app gets ported

  • EC8CH

    I hope to hell this app gets ported

  • http://syntakk.blogspot.com syntakk

    So once this is out do you think it will be possible to pull the app for use on other Android phones, or maybe a dev could work it into a ROM? Or would there be security measures preventing it from working?

  • Jakewoodblues

    Wants my movies on my evo NOW!

  • http://twitter.com/EvanTheGamer EvanTheGamer

    What about Netflix on Droid X? Come on…it can’t be that difficult to make the service work on X.

    Unless of course they skip the X and go all the way to the X2. Well…whatever the case, I guess this is good news for Snapdragon users.

    • craig

      And I have the Droid X and definitely would like to be able to stream Netflix to it. Why can I currently stream Netflix to my iTouch, 3rd Generation? Seems like Apple’s processor must have something our Droid X does not…

    • craig

      And I have the Droid X and definitely would like to be able to stream Netflix to it. Why can I currently stream Netflix to my iTouch, 3rd Generation? Seems like Apple’s processor must have something our Droid X does not…

    • Jawshua

      Or it’s bad news for everyone else who has to wait on Netflix taking their sweet ass time! I mean all they’re missing out on is new subscribers, I guess they don’t like money over at Netflix central?

  • Beng8686

    boooo for snapdragon.

  • Anonymous

    Yes I will be watching a few movies but they will have to be on wifi… other wise it will probly be more expensive to watch the 2 year old movie from Netflix on my 4″ screen than go watch a brand new 3d movie in theaters. Still I want Netflix on my phone!! Guessing less than 3 weeks to get it ported to custom roms.

  • Whoha

    Please, Qualcomm has nothing Texas Instruments when it comes to security! You don’t believe me? Has anyone cracked the Droid X? I mean, really, and completely? Last I checked, the Droid Incredible was more open than all of your moms.

    That said, I’m not sure this is necessarily a good thing.

    • Anonymous

      Lol are you for real? This has nothing to do with processors in what you are speaking.

      • Lamahoraputa

        Ya both got trolled. LOL

        • Anonymous

          Damnit!

          • tjhrulz

            Fail

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

      You obviously have no idea what you’re talking about, so why even say anything? The DX’s locked bootloader has nothing to do with the security measures mentioned in the article.

  • Anonymous

    Everyone does realize it will only be a matter of time that the app is ported to the other device from the developet community?

  • Anonymous

    Everyone does realize it will only be a matter of time that the app is ported to the other device from the developet community?

  • DroidzFX

    Netflix angers me. Hulk Mad.

  • Anonymous

    Will they be releasing something for the mod community to work with as an add on so that older phones with overclocked processors can enjoy the same service. I mean lets be real, the OG Droid plays beautiful video but it doesn’t have a Snapdragon. With a little mod though, it runs at 1.25 (faster than the Snapdragon). Maybe the security part could be ported into a companion app (similar to an unlock app) that has to be present for Netflix to work. lets give the older phones that have good video capability a shot at this.

  • Anonymous

    Another win for HTC

  • Lvickers55

    To bad you”ll only be able to watch a few shows per month. I can’t imagine getting much use from the app when we”ll constantly be worried about data caps.

  • http://twitter.com/diegosocart12 James Ditmer

    I’ve been looking forward to streaming shows from Netflix on my DX for a long time now. Hopefully it comes out for some of our older phones too and soon.

  • droid87

    I hop on the dx to

    • Watab

      I hope you go to a different school

  • Jbwiden

    hopefully older phones will get it also

  • Andrew Hewitt

    Eh, how about 3G streamed movies?

    • http://twitter.com/EvanTheGamer EvanTheGamer

      YES!

    • Jawshua

      Just use wi-fi, it’s amazing!

  • Anonymous

    What about older phones, like the Incredible?

    • Anonymous

      Your incredibly out of luck it seems. I just want a app from Netflix to manage my Netflix.

      • Anonymous

        Queue Manager is in the Market and works for that. It lets you manage your queues for instant streaming and DVD.

        • Anonymous

          I use the Movies app for that. Just would be nice if they would show some love for the linux people.

    • Mrwicket

      The Incredible has a Snapdragon CPU

      • DBEvans

        The Incredible used a first generation Snapdragon, the QSD8650. From what I can read, you’ll need a phone that has one of the 2nd generation Snapdragons that have MSM capability for hardware decryption. From Verizon, I think the first one will be the Thunderbolt, using the MSM8655. Although, T-mobile and Sprint already have some phones using the MSM7230, MSM7630, and the MSM8255 chips … those might be compatible, from what I can see.

    • Mrwicket

      The Incredible has a Snapdragon CPU