Itâ€™s a big day of firsts for Sprint. The carrier launched its first Android tablet on Friday compatible with the new 4G â€œWi-Maxâ€ network. The device is also the first Android tablet out there capable of running Netflix.
Unfortunately, despite being first in line for 4G and Netflix, Sprintâ€™s HTC Evo View tablet ships with the older version of Android: 2.3 (Gingerbread), not version 3.0 (Honeycomb). A future software update will bring Honeycomb, the version of Android made specifically for tablets, to the device.
That speaks to a larger problem of â€œfragmentationâ€ on Android devices: the inability to implement the platform consistently across multiple types of hardware made by different manufacturers. Fragmentation is also the key reason why Android tablets have been slow getting popular video-streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu onto its devices. It presents a problem for making sure that Digital Rights Management technologies â€” or applications that make sure you arenâ€™t ripping and recording any of the streaming content youâ€™re watching â€” function across all devices.
â€œItâ€™s not one type of gas that goes into every vehicle,â€ said Netflix head of communications Steve Swasey, in an interview. â€œDRM isnâ€™t consistent across all Android devices, and unlike the iPad and iOS devices, thereâ€™s not one universal solution to it.â€
Nonetheless, the HTC Evo View 4Gâ€™s compatibility with Wi-Max will be significant for those who want to watch streaming media on their tablet devices, as the speed boost youâ€™ll get moving from a 3G device to 4G is considerable.
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