updated 04:30 pm EDT, Fri April 29, 2011
LG Revolution gets Netflix in Verizon sheet
Beliefs that the LG Revolution will get Netflix were validated late Thursday after a Verizon guide gave away the plans. Along with showing just-shipping phones, it mentioned the Revolution would have "high-quality video streaming by Netflix" as a core feature. The Android Central forum poster's example omitted the date and price save for a "coming soon" promise, but it's already been narrowed through leaks to a May release for $250.
Netflix has been impractical for most Android phones, by the company's own revelation, due to Android fragmentation. Outside of the modular copy protection on Android 3.0 tablets, Google's platform can't guarantee consistent anti-piracy across more than a handful of phones. The earliest plans for Netflix on Android were to limit it to Snapdragon chips in some smartphones and still haven't been made public.
The Revolution, which we tried at CES, is now known to be a single-core phone with a 4.3-inch screen much like the Droid Charge and Thunderbolt it will compete against. Netflix would be its first stand-out feature and will only be matched next year when 4G voice calls arrive.