Hulu heightens anticipation around Android app launch

by Kristen Nicole

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Samsung (005930.KS) may have let the cat out of the bag during a CES demonstration that included an Android app for Hulu, but the on-demand video service has confirmed its upcoming app over the weekend. “Hulu Plus will be available on select Android mobile phones in coming months,” Rob Wong, Hulu product director, noted in a blog post. He goes on to say the company will “announce further details as soon as we have an official launch date and complete list of Hulu Plus-enabled Android phones.”

On-demand consumer options are expanding beyond Hulu, with Slingbox’s upcoming Google TV (GOOG) support as well. Working similarly to Slingbox’s existing Android app, the integration brings another viewing point for personalized cable content on a number of devices. We’re hoping the continued development means we’ll be able to stream more content from our Android devices as well.

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AT&T WorkBench app launch

Another company that revealed big plans at CES last week was AT&T (T), announcing several new Android devices in its lineup. In anticipation of losing the iPhone exclusivity to Verizon (VZ), AT&T has seemingly been increasing its Android options to help ease the painful transition.

To that end, we’re seeing new apps on the Android Market as well, including the AT&T WorkBench. It’s a business app from the AT&T Mobile Enterprise Applications Platform, granting mobile access for managing and deploying enterprise web apps on Android devices.