Last month, Hulu Plus launched on Android, but we were disappointed because it was only available on a handful of phones. Shortly after, they added additional devices, which gave us promise. Now we are back to disappointment again as it turns out that if you are rooted, you won’t be able to use the popular streaming service.
This is not surprising because Google movie rentals and Blockbuster are already doing it. For the short-term, some rooted users are able to run the app which might be related to what version of Android you’re running.
Want to know what’s new on Netflix? Now it’s easier than ever thanks to developer Shrapnel. Just whip out your awesome Android smartphone and download the Netflix New Releases Free application. The app is a comprehensive list of all the new releases Netflix pours out both on their DVD releases and their Instant Watch section. With a great UI and smooth navigation, never be out of the loop with what’s now available to stream on everyone’s favorite streaming service. Hit the break for a full list of features from the developer and to check out some screen shots. Don’t forget to let us know what you think of it in the comments below. Read more
Interested in incorporating subtitles when viewing movies on your Android smartphone? Hey, Im sure there are a few of you out there. With that, check out XDA member mafiapanda’s walk through on how to add the functionality. You’ll need an Android device capable of playing back 720p movies, the Handbrake DVD ripper software, plenty of memory, mVideoPlayer which is free and a USB cable. Now all you have to do is check out the tutorial on how to grab the subtitles form a repository and place them in the mp4 folder. You can check out the application thread here. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.
The Amazon tablet that we have been hearing about should still be making its way to the public in the second half of 2011 (which starts tomorrow – lol). The previously rumored tablets should have an initial order of 1.5 to 2 million units at launch according to a report by Digitimes, who also reports that their sources suggest the first launch in September. Touchscreen manufacturers fighting for the job to help build these include Wintek, HannStar Display and J Touch all based out of Taiwan.
There lies a wall ahead for the Amazon tablets however, which is meeting the demand of their initial order from manufacturers, as it appears most tablet manufacturing from hardware makers may be focused on Apple iPad 2 production (since they have 95% of the tablet market share). This could make the Amazon tablet launch a rocky road.
It looks like Google is blocking rooted devices from the new Android Market movie rental service. Google is claiming the reason is due to requirements related to copy protection.
Rooting is all about the “openness” of Android. I am not going to go into a rant on Google closing the door on “open” because we don’t know enough. I just can’t imagine that Google came up with this on their own. There has to be something with the movie studios. Yes, Netflix is working on jailbroken IPhones, but that is a different platform.
We also know that Google Music is not what Google wanted it to be. They wanted to be able to sell music on top of cloud services, but they were unable to get deals done with the labels. Could this be one of the issues with the music industry as well?
It is also likely that the developer community will figure a way around this anyway. Stay tuned, we will let you know more as it develops.
Most of you who are familiar with mSpot know the app for its music streaming service; however, the company is now looking to expand on their business model by bringing streaming video on demand to your Android device. The new app, Movies 2, is pretty impressive. I took it for a spin on my Evo, and I must say, it was a pretty enjoyable experience.
I started off simply streaming a few trailers, and it worked seamlessly, so I decided to give an actual movie a spin. Movies 2 brings free movie to your device every week, and this week’s movie was “Bruno”. No, not the ridiculous one released a year or so ago, but another one. Again, the quality was pretty good, and there was positively no lag at all. My only real complaint with this app is a lack of display ratio options; there are few things in this world that make me sadder than seeing a 4:3 video on a widescreen display.
All in all, I’d say that mSpot has the right idea. And, at only $3.99 for a 24 hour rental on new releases, I’d say that the competition had better watch out. Be sure to hit the break for the full presser, and let us know what you think in the comments below.
This new free app from the no contract, prepaid mobile company Virgin Mobile is now available in the Android Market. This android application is an extension of their online 24/7 streaming radio that was launched last year. Now Sir Richard Branson can listen to his Virgin Records music on his Virgin Mobile Live app, while he travels on his Virgin Atlantic Airways. This guys a billionaire? I wonder why. </sarcasm>
Here’s a little information on the app. Besides the streaming music channel, where you can buy music and share with friends, you can watch select videos, such as trailers to movies, prerecorded live music sessions via your favorite mobile browser or You Tube. Read the blog dedicated to VML, and check out events local and global. And of course as many applications utilize, you can log in with your Facebook acct. They’ve even included a ‘check-in’ feature, for those of you that attend these events and want to tell the world how awesome you are for going to a Lady Gaga show. There was even event details for the new movie ‘Limitless’ which comes out tomorrow.
The app is available to everyone, Virgin Mobile customer or not. This isn’t an app you can compare to Pandora, Last.FM or Slacker – some of the top streaming music apps. These apps allow you to chose station and artists you’d like to hear. As the Virgin Mobile Live app does not. That why we’re calling it ‘streaming music channel‘.
So check out the app if you want, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Looks like the Android Market has made eBook purchases available on the Market today and you’re able to go ahead and buy from an impressive collection of eBooks, still a little shy on the library when compared to Amazon’s Kindle, or Kobo however.
That being said, it’s still a nice addition to the Android Market since they turned it into a web interface for apps streaming to your device(s). A couple of questions of course arise when you start to think of the materials online in the market when comparing to the content on Apple’s iTunes. When will we see music and movies hitting the Android Market? That answer seems to be stuck with the record companies right now for distribution rights, likely the same for movies. That is usually the biggest hurdle for any legitimate streaming/downloadable content web store.
Google is pretty good at sticking it out for the long haul though, and they clearly have the bank for it too, so that said, maybe we’ll see music and movies sooner than we think, seeing as the Android Market already has the URLs ready for it at “http://market.android.com/music/” and “http://market.android.com/movies/”.
All that’s missing is one interface that connects them all, something like a Google version of iTunes perhaps that can be connected across multiple devices such as laptops, desktops, tablets and smartphones. Maybe that’s the connection between Chrome and Android down the road.
What do you think?
[via MobileAttack, Android Market]
Redbox recently released a new Android app that will allow users to browse movie titles, find nearby Redbox locations using your handset’s GPS, and even reserve movies for pickup straight from the app.
The app is quite robust. When browsing a movie, one can read a short plot summary, running time, rating, and the app indicates whether the movie is available on Blu-Ray or not.
Redbox for Android will surely save time for avid movie geeks, since you can now reserve movies straight from your Android device.
You can grab Redbox for Android in the TalkAndroid ApptlyAndroid database for free.
Let us know in the comments how you are liking the Redbox app for Android so far!
The Samsung Galaxy Tab is great for watching videos. With its 7″ high-resolution display, it makes anywhere you might be a mobile cinema. Just one problem: you want to get the most out of your videos on your Tab, but you just don’t know how to properly convert and encode videos so you get the best quality picture possible. Well, thanks to a tutorial over at xda-developers, you can put your mind at ease. According to xda member TheGrammarFreak: