While perusing the Qualcomm booth at Mobile World Congress a pleasant surprise was had: a working demo of the upcoming Netflix app for Android. Now I assure you when I first approached the app worked just fine and the video quality looked great thanks to special work put in by the Snapdragon team, but, alas, when I went to capture it on film the same luck was not had.
A Qualcomm rep explained that Netflix has been held off of Android for so long due to security worries, but special hardware-level measures being taken by CPU manufacturers have now reached a point at which the movie rental service feels comfortable with Google’s open source system. The downside to this is Netflix won’t be available in the Android Market for any old phone. It will only come pre-installed on devices with hardware that meets security standards.
Along with some mobile video streaming work that Qualcomm has been doing, you will also catch a glimpse of the reference hardware being used for their next-gen multi-core platform. After toying around with it for a bit, this could do for multi-core CPUs what the original Snapdragon did for single core mobile processors. Exciting things coming from the folks over at Qualcomm, for sure, and plenty more to come from MWC.