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Hulu Plus bound for seven more Android devices

by Phil Hornshaw

Streaming TV and movie app Hulu Plus received an update to its Android app that added a new user interfaces and brought the app to seven devices that it previously didn’t support.

The update is designed specifically for tablets, according to a Hulu blog post, making Hulu Plus easier to manage and navigate on large screens. Tablet owners should find that locating the video they want to watch on the subscription service is easier than before. And the new devices mean more Android users should be able to use Hulu Plus to stream videos to their mobile devices. The only downside is that the seven devices added in the update are the only seven tablets on the list so far.

New additions to the interface include a tray that keeps track of the stuff you’ve been watching and have marked as your favorites, so that it’s easy to get back into them. Hulu Plus also has added some touch-specific controls, like the ability to hold a finger against the button for a show and pull up all the episodes available for it instantly. The app will also keep track of what you’ve been watching lately and skip you to the appropriate episode.

In order to enjoy Hulu Plus, you’ll need one of the following devices (or one of the supported smartphones in a much longer list): Asus Eee Pad Transformer; Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime; Motorola Xoom; Motorola XYBoard 10.1; Toshiba Thrive; Acer Iconia; LG G-Slate; HTC Flyer; or Vizio 8" Tablet. You can also give Hulu a try for free, but a monthly subscription will run $7.99.

Hulu is working toward an ultimate goal of putting its service on all Android devices, but that process seems to be developing more slowly than most users would like. Back in September, the service added nine more smartphones to its repertoire. The faster Hulu can get in front of more Android users, though, the better, as chief rival Netflix already supports basically any device with Android 2.2 or newer.

There are more Android tablets on the horizon, Hulu says. Right now, some of the biggest on the market, those made by Samsung, are left off the list, but it seems as though Hulu is working hard to address Android’s fragmentation issues.