Texas Instruments just called First!… on Netflix, that is. The Watch Instantly app for Android has an HD streaming future coming soon to OMAP 4-equipped devices thanks to the SoC’s inbuilt security measures.
The announcement marks the first time anyNetflix partner has received ‘Netflix Silicon Reference Implementation certification,’ a clumsily-titled, yet essential requirement for end-to-end protection of mobile streamed 1080p content. The chip’s M-Shield security tech “runs on the OMAP processor [without the need for] a dedicated chip or extra CPU cycles,” so you’re free to multi-task that dual-core (we assume) to its breaking point. And because you can never be too safe, TI’s also thrown in its onboard WiLink 7.0 solution — an industry first — that makes use of WEP, WPA and WPA2 to keep the unsecured funny business at bay. The only downside to all this joyous high-definition news: it only runs on Gingerbread, so current LG Optimus 3D owners are out of luck until things get up to speed. Hit the break for some densely-worded silicon accolades.