How to watch Hulu on Android 2.2

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Update: This doesn't work anymore.

Although we don't know exactly when the HTC EVO 4G will be updated to Android 2.2 just yet, we do know that it will bring Adobe Flash 10.1 support to the web browser. While this sounds like great news, our hopes were immediately dashed when PCWorld noted that "Hulu does not own distribution rights for their content on mobile devices and therefore cannot stream video to smartphones," which of course means that one of the best things about Flash would remain out of reach.

Or would it?

Not according to Absolutely Android, who shares a dead-simple way to enjoy Hulu in the stock browser of Android 2.2 with Flash 10.1 beta installed.

Here's how you can do it too:

  1. Launch Browser.
  2. Type "about:debug" without the quotation marks in the URL bar and tap Go on the keyboard. It will look as though nothing happens, but don't worry.
  3. Now go to Settings and tap UAString at the bottom. A window will pop-up with three user-agent options: Android. Desktop, and iPhone.
  4. Select Desktop.

That's it! The Desktop option tricks Hulu into thinking that it's being accessed from a desktop browser, not a mobile browser it isn't allowed to stream video to.

And now we wait for the EVO's Android 2.2 update…

 

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