According to reports, Netflix is ​​preparing to add a pure audio feature to its Android application, which is said to allow users to (only) listen to Netflix programs, or listen to its programs while they use the device to perform other operations. A publication has been able to dig out evidence in the Android Netflix application, which mentioned the background audio playback function. In addition to the advantages of multitasking, this feature (which actually turns off the video) will also help users save data and the battery life of their devices.

XDA Developers can find its reference in the code of the Netflix application of Android version 7.79.1, which indicates that Netflix is ​​preparing to add background audio playback capabilities so that users can listen to audio content in movies and TV shows. background.The publication shares the code in the Netflix v7.79.1 app for Android, which contains the following string: “Save data by closing the video and listening to your favorite show […] The video is closed, but you can continue to listen to the show while you are busy with other things. “

As mentioned earlier, in addition to the obvious benefits of being able to perform multitasking while continuing to listen to Netflix content in the background, the company seems to use it as a way to save data and battery life. This would make sense, because the screen and chipset no longer need to display video content. Of course, Netflix has provided a picture-in-picture mode, or more specifically, a floating window is provided on both Android and iOS, allowing users to continue watching and listening to content while performing other operations. The difference between the two modes or background audio playback and picture-in-picture should be obvious.

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Several other streaming services offer floating picture-in-picture modes, as does YouTube’s Premium subscription service-in fact, it also offers background audio playback. It is worth noting that last year Netflix also found testing pop-up video players on desktops.

This development started after Netflix announced plans to host a free weekend trial promotion (probably called StreamFest), which will begin in the Indian market. The content streaming giant will hold a 48-hour free trial in India in December to attract more subscribers. A reference to the experiment was also found on the latest Netflix application (for Android version 7.78.0 version 11 35157).

“[W]e thinks that giving everyone in a country/region free access to Netflix on weekends may be a way for many newcomers to understand the amazing stories we have, the service, how the service works, really create events, and Netflix chief product officer Greg Peters is in an interview Shi said.

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