American chip maker Qualcomm said its next-generation Snapdragon processors will help enable Netflix streaming on Android phones.

Even though Netflix last summer released an iOS app that lets iPhone people stream television shows and movies over cellular networks to their phones, such a capability is still non-existent in the Android camp.

It’s not that the Snapdragon platform which already powers many of the existing Android smartphones lacks the oomph to handle on the fly video decoding.

Quite the contrary, Snapdragon chips that usually include a 1GHz processing core are more than capable of real-time video decoding, just like Apple’s A4 chip powering the iPhone.

It’s the lack of copy-protection on the hardware level and Hollywood moguls’ fear of piracy that have been  preventing Android phones from getting the Watch Instantly feature.

Apparently, Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon processors meet all of the digital-rights management requirements for Watch Instantly. Because video decoding is handled by dedicated hardware, users will benefit from extended battery life and improving picture quality, Qualcomm wrote in a statement.

This, unfortunately, means your existing phone cannot support Watch Instantly, not even through firmware updates, unless you upgrade to one of the upcoming Android superphones like the LG Revolution. That handset is powered by a souped up Snapdragon processor Qualcomm announced earlier at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Since the Revolution boasts an HDMI video output with HDCP copy-protection technology, its users will be able to stream Netflix movies and television shows to the handset’s four-inch display or output the stream to an external display device, like a big screen TV. Check out Netflix streaming on the LG Revolution in the below clip.

Source: Qualcomm