Wednesday, August 4

background audio playback may materialize shortly

According to lines of code spotted in version 7.79.1 of its application, Netflix is ​​working on adding a new feature: background audio playback to listen to your movies and series even when the your smartphone screen is off.

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Background audio playback reportedly set to debut on the Netflix app // Gamesdone: Unsplash / Kon Karampelas

Netflix is ​​not sitting idly by. The SVOD platform has recently introduced many new features to its application. Among them, a button to lock the screen during playback, the possibility of broadcasting content in accelerated or slow motion, but also to start watching films and series that have not yet been fully downloaded.

As XDA Developers reminds us, Netflix has also made some of its original content available for free to attract new subscribers. In the same vein, the firm is preparing to integrate an additional novelty to its service, first of all on the Android application: background audio playback.

A new feature seen in the future update of the application

Spotted by specialists in XDA Developers, a mention in the code of version 7.79.1 of the Android application clearly suggests that Netflix would rely, like YouTube Premium, on a feature allowing you to continue listening to the audio of a movie or a series when the smartphone screen is turned off.

A useful addition if an activity forces you to put your mobile back in your pocket, or if you want to save cellular data and battery. Netflix is ​​also working on an option to deliberately cut the video stream while maintaining audio listening.

Here is the portion of code discovered by XDA:

name="audio_mode_intro_tooltip_message">Save your data by turning off the video and listening to your favorite shows.
name="audio_mode_video_off_tooltip_message">The video is off, but you can continue listening to your show while you are busy doing other things.

Still, these few lines do not assure us that the functionality will arrive on our smartphones for sure. Netflix could choose to drop in the meantime, since this novelty is still in development. It has not been the subject of any official announcement at this stage. If this materializes, it should nevertheless concern all users. A deployment on iOS / iPadOS would then be expected.



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