Hulu for Android update brings higher-resolution playback

June 3, 2013
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When the Hulu Plus app first came available for Android the updates were all about adding additional device support. Those who remember that time will likely remember that frustration if your device was not on the supported list. And well, it looks like the Hulu Plus app updates have sort of come back to that. Except in this case it is not about device support, but about the higher-resolution playback support.

That being said, a new Hulu Plus app update has recently landed in the Play Store and it brings talk of higher-resolution playback for three devices. At the present time those three devices include the Samsung GALAXY S 4 as well as the HTC One and the HTC DROID DNA. We suspect this support will eventually spread to other devices, however for now it seems the basics are more than covered with the GALAXY S 4 and the One.

If you happen to be sporting any of those devices and happen to be doing some streaming, make sure you look for the "hq" option. According to the folks at Hulu, using the "hq" option will make you "feel like you have bionic retina implants minus the deductible and waiting for its invention." We aren't certain we can say that it is quite that good, but given the displays on these three handsets, any improvement is likely going to be welcomed.

Otherwise, while the Hulu Plus app is free to download, you will need to be a subscriber in order to get any use out of the app. There is a free trial available, however after that you will need to be willing to shell out the $7.99 monthly subscription fee. The app will allow you to stream over WiFi, 3G or LTE and brings television and movies. Plus, there is also a kids section which has numerous options including SpongeBob SquarePants, Kung Fu Panda and Caillou.

Aside from the kids section, one of the Hulu Plus perks comes for those watching on multiple devices. You see, Hulu will allow you to pause on one device and pick up right where you left off on another. In addition to smartphone and tablet support, Hulu Plus is also available using a regular web browser as well as on other devices such as the Roku and Xbox 360.

SOURCE: Google Play Store


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