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Netflix certified more Android devices for its software, adding support for a number of handsets and tablets powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 2 processor. That brings the total number of Netflix-capable smartphones and tablets up to 22. Good, because consumers don’t care whose chip powers their device.

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Netflix has certified more Android devices for its mobile application today, adding support for a number of handsets and tablets powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 2 processor. This follows the May launch of Netflix for Android, which initially worked on just a handful of smartphones. Instead of rolling out its software for all Android phones, Netflix is testing the app on specific handset models and mobile processors to ensure secure and proper content playback.

Android owners can hit Google’s Android Market to see if their handset is now supported, but here’s the current list as of today:

  • Casio G’zOne Commando C771 with Android 2.2
  • HTC Droid Incredible, Droid Incredible 2, EVO, EVO 3D, G2, Thunderbolt
  • Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet
  • LG Revolution
  • Motorola Atrix, Droid, Droid X, Droid X2, Droid 2, Droid 3, Droid Charge
  • Samsung Epic 4G, Galaxy S, Galaxy S 4G, Fascinate, Nexus S, Nexus S 4G
One quick unofficial addition to the list: Lenovo introduced two new Android tablets today, the IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad tablet. Although the Android Market only shows that one of the two tablets supports Netflix, Lenovo says that both do.
I understand Netflix’s requirement to test each device and I’m glad to see this isn’t taking too long to do, although there are hundreds of handsets to go yet. When it was announced in February that Netflix software would initially be supported on Qualcomm Snapdragon devices, I was concerned about chip fragmentation issues. Consumers don’t want to worry about which chip is powering their mobile device. Instead, they’re buying into a software platform with a smartphone or tablet, and they expect apps to run on the platform.

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