Netflix Working on ‘Audio Mode’ for Background Audio Playback

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INTRO: Having conquered the video-streaming market with a torrent of uber-popular shows like Tiger King, Stranger Things, Better Call Saul, and more, Netflix is now seemingly ready to feature a so-called ‘Audio Mode’ for background listening. That’s consistent with XDA, which claims that an APK teardown of the newest version of the Netflix Android app suggests that the corporate is functioning on background audio playback.

The new feature, hints of which may be found within the Netflix app version 7.79.1, suggests that users might soon be ready to just hear their favorite shows rather than streaming full videos. According to the report, the aforementioned build of the app contains a number of strings that reveals the upcoming feature. Some of the tell-tale strings are as follows:

Save your data by turning off the video and taking note of your favorite shows.
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The video is off, but you’ll continue taking note of your show while you’re busy doing other things.

If the feature does eventually roll out, it’ll be helpful for music concerts and stand-up comedy skits, where you’ll save tons of mobile data by just streaming the audio while skipping on the video entirely. That said, it is still a work in progress, so it is unclear if it will ever make it to a stable build. However, it’ll be a reasonably helpful feature for people with low data caps, so it’ll be interesting to ascertain when Netflix will finally start rolling it out to all users.

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