Netflix is Bringing Podcast-like Audio-only Background Play To Android

KRAKOW, POLAND - 2018/09/01: In this photo illustration, the Netflix app is seen displayed on an Android mobile device. (Photo Illustration by Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Netflix is working on bringing a feature that allows audio playback in the background to android.

The feature lets users listen to shows and movies in the background without video hence saving data.

The feature was spotted in the code of the Netflix app for Android during an APK teardown of the Netflix app version 7.79.1, XDA Developers found strings mentioning the said feature.

The strings read “Save your data by turning off the video and listening to your favorite shows,” and “The video is off, but you can continue listening to your show while you are busy doing other things.”

iOS users already have this feature. When users on iOS lock their phones while watching a show, Netflix automatically appears in the media player of the lock screen where pressing play resumes playback with no video.

However, with the iPhone trick, the app still calls for the video in the background, so users get billed as much data as watching a video normally would. A standalone audio-only feature will possibly solve that problem and use only as much data as is needed to pull the audio.

Netflix hasn’t officially announced anything about this supposed audio-only feature.


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