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Netflix for Android updated with improved video streaming

The official Netflix for Android has received a rather minor update this evening. While the update is pretty small it does promise an "enhanced playback experience" for phones and tablets, and even an additional installation method for those that might be having issues. Check out all the details after the break.

600 Movies coming to Android and YouTube from MGM

Google just released another tidbit of awesome news today for everyone that loves movies and Android. That is everyone right? New details on the official YouTube Blog have just confirmed that Google has partnered with Metro Goldwyn Mayer, better known as MGM, and will be bringing 600 of their classic and famous movies to Android and YouTube.

Blockbuster On Demand coming to Samsung phones and tablets

Today Samsung has landed a deal with Blockbuster and their On-Demand services, and will soon be offering full On-Demand access and streaming to Samsung smartphones and tablets. Not to mention their wide array or TV's and another electronics. According to Smarthouse the service will hit devices in the US, UK, and parts of Europe during the next few months. Then head to Australia in the second half of 2012.

Android gets the nod for in-flight entertainment on Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Boeing has been working in the 787 Dreamliner for a long time now. After lots of delays one version of the aircraft is finally cleared to be delivered to buyers by the FAA. Today we have learned that Boeing, the maker of the 787 Dreamliner has chosen the Android operating system to provide passengers with in-flight entertainment like music, video, and apps. The OS may even provide airline-specific apps to passengers.

Pogoplug Mobile promises unlimited content streaming for Android Hands-on

Pogoplug today has just announced their brand new Pogoplug Mobile hardware and software for Android and iOS, bringing unlimited wireless streaming of all your content right to your favorite mobile devices. Pogoplug has been around for a while already and have continued to update their software for Android including a major UI overhaul earlier this month. Today they are back with an all new product.

Onkyo unveils new home theater receiver remote control app for Android

Onkyo has a large line up of home theater and audio receivers that allow you to get movie theater sound in your home. The company has announced a new app for Android smartphone users that will allow you to control all the functions of your Onkyo home theater AV receiver right from your smartphone. The app also allows for some other really cool functionality using the Onkyo receiver.

TI promises Full HD Netflix streaming on Android devices soon

Texas Instruments has announced that its OMAP4 platform has been Netflix certified for the 1080p Full HD version of the streaming movie company's app, the first time a mobile platform has been approved. It's the M-Shield security section that's won TI the kudos, apparently, working in combination with the high-definition capabilities of the processor cores. Although Netflix already has an Android app, its compatibility is limited to certain handsets. That, the company has previously explained, is because Android lacks standardized secure streaming protocols that Netflix can use not only to funnel their content out to phones and tablets, but also use to reassure content owners that the movies won't be ripped and shared illegally. TI's M-Shield security system, however, offers a hardware-protected, trusted execution environment (TEE), running on the OMAP4's dual ARM Cortex-A9 cores, but supposedly does away with either a dedicated chip or extra CPU cycles. There's also support for Full HD HDMI output, which could mean plugging your Android phone into an HDTV and turning it into a mobile Roku-style streamer. According to TI, devices with the Netflix app pre-loaded "will be launched in the near future."

Samsung Smart View for Galaxy S II allows streaming from HDTV

Samsung has released its Smart View app for the Galaxy S II, allowing users of the dual-core smartphone to stream content from a smart TV directly to their phone. The app allows the phone to not only control a Samsung TV, but to pull content from it - whether broadcast, cable, Blu-ray or some other input - over WiFi. We've been tracking Samsung's Smart View technology for a while now, and played with a prototype of the system back in April. As you can see from the demo below, the phone acts as a remote and as a preview window, capable of showing different content to what's being displayed on-screen on the TV itself. [vms 7c87f97fb686b2f06867] The Samsung Smart View app is a free download from the Android Market. You'l obviously need a compatible TV from Samsung's D7000, D8000 or D9500 series, too. A version for the Galaxy player (YP-GB70) is expected in July, with Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab builds due later in 2011. [gallery] Press Release:
Samsung Launches 'Smart View' App, Puts Smart TV in the Palm of Your Hand SEOUL--(Korea Newswire) June 2, 2011 -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today launched the Samsung "Smart View" application that enables users to view images from a Samsung Smart TV or other input device right on their mobile devices. Available now for the Samsung GALAXY S II, the free Smart View application displays Smart TV images right onto mobile devices via wireless Ethernet-whether consumers are enjoying cable broadcast programs or content from a Blu-ray player, camcorder, set-top box or other input device. In addition, users can browse any currently installed Smart TV applications from their mobile devices, bringing even more functionality and convenience to the Samsung Apps experience. Since last April, when Samsung launched "Samsung Remote"-an easy-to-use application to deliver general remote control functions while also supporting Smart TV's special features-the company has once again strengthened convergence between Smart TV and mobile devices through this latest Smart View app offering. Samsung has consistently brought movies, TV programs, music and other desired content stored on DLNA-certified devices such as PCs, mobile phones and cameras to the large TV screens-and is now extending this function by mirroring images back to mobile devices through this new application. The Smart View app for mobile devices also enables mobile viewing from around the home. With only one Smart TV, a family member can watch one TV program in the living room, while another family member enjoys either the same content-or movies played by the living room Blu-ray player-from the comfort of the bedroom while leaning back with a Samsung smart phone or tablet. "Samsung Smart TV is leading the "smart revolution" not only with the features of Smart TV itself-such as rich content, 2D and 3D picture quality, smart functions and design-but also with input devices using our Qwerty smart remote control, the Samsung Remote app, and now with Smart View," said Kyungsik Kevin Lee, Vice President, Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. "The distinctive functionality of Samsung Smart TVs will continue to deliver the most convenient TV watching experience to consumers-enabling them to truly enjoy a smarter life." Samsung will continue to update the Samsung Smart View application with various remote control functions, optimally designed for Smart TV, to ensure customers use the unique features of Smart TV in increasingly convenient ways. A "Channel List" option, which lets users search program information and change channels on their mobile devices, will be added going forward. The Samsung Smart View is now available in the Android Market for Samsung Smart TV D7000, D8000, and D9500 series, as well as the GALAXY S II, and will be available for the GALAXY player (YP-GB70) in July, along with the GALAXY S and GALAXY Tab later this year.

Spotify for Android updated: Faster, frugal streaming music

Spotify for Android has been updated, with the new version being quicker to load, having a tweaked UI and reducing its demands on battery. The tweaked app also now allows users to choose which storage device to keep cached tracks on, for Android devices with more than one memory card; music sync over WiFi is also said to be improved. There are also fixes for voice search and missing cover art, along with how audio restarts after phone calls. Devices with dedicated media buttons are also supported in v0.4.9 too. The Spotify app for Android is, as before, a free download. However you'll need a premium account with the service in order to actually use it when mobile.
  • Ability to choose storage location on devices with more than one memory card.
  • Changes to user interface.
  • Reduced startup time.
  • Improved battery life when using Spotify.
  • Volume control now always controls media volume, even if music is not playing.
  • Support for media buttons and audio focus APIs introduced in Froyo.
  • Much improved music syncing over WiFi.
  • Voice search now works properly when in Spotify.
  • Scrobbling issues have been fixed.
  • Bug causing missing cover art for local files has been fixed.
  • Failing to sync with locked screen has been fixed.
  • Music starting by itself after a phone call has been fixed.
  • Many other stability and performance improvements.
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