The continuing flow of positive coverage by Engadget, PC Mag, CNET and others prompted me to think. What do you get when you combine Motorola’s desire to be at the leading edge of user experiences with the OMAP 4 platform’s unique ability to do 1080p decode at 30fps (fully in hardware), and super-secure M-Shield™ technology? What if you then add the right industry-leading partner for streaming content?
Answer: The first-ever possibility for a mobile device to connect by HDMI to your Great Aunt Ann’s TV monitor…so you can all enjoy movies in full HD!
Congratulations, Motorola, on the launch of the long-awaited Droid RAZR™--the first device running the certified Netflix HD application on Android.
It may not sound like much, but performing 1080p decode while also decrypting on a DRM agent, doing the composition and exporting onto HDMI – all behind an impenetrable firewall that shields the video stream from all possible attacks in Android– is rather… fun. It is definitely a challenge worthy of the OMAP4430’s capabilities. The secure content path implementation and HDMI-to-display transfer is a clear differentiation of the OMAP4430 versus other processor offerings, and a unique answer for device manufacturers who want fully secured HD, rapid, responsive and crisp video playback.
Additionally, consumers and manufacturers alike want always-on, robust connectivity to stream that HD content. Another bonus for the Droid RAZR is that it includes TI’s WiLink™ 7.0 combo connectivity solution. This unmatched solution enables consumers to stream Netflix content over a Wi-Fi connection, offloading the cellular network, making the download faster and less costly.
I am especially thrilled by the launch of the Droid RAZR as it is a testimony to the value of collaboration. Netflix, Motorola and TI worked hard to convince movie studios that the OMAP4430 processor was secure and should be trusted with receiving and streaming premium content. That this high-level of security would be coupled with superb playback quality; the well-known, snappy Netflix streaming experience; and a preserved battery life supporting hours of cinema fun.
Now you may ask yourself; “Do I really need HD capability on my mobile device when I go visit my Great Aunt Ann?” I am certainly one of the enthusiasts to answer with an emphatic, “Yes!” Yet, the Droid RAZR is really kick-starting something else. As the first-ever Android implementation of Netflix in full HD, let's hope that movie studios as well as other industries realize that mobile devices powered by OMAP processors can be trusted to handle their most sensitive assets. Wouldn't it be great if I could watch that movie released in theaters last week on my mobile device?