February 21, 2020
Netflix Android app AV1 streaming

Netflix Announces a Great New Feature for its Android App but it’s Not Yet Available on the iPhone

Netflix now has a terrific new trick to improve its streaming quality, but it’s only available on the Android app and not iPhone…

Even though Disney+ is racking up some very impressive numbers, hitting 28.6 million subscribers, Netflix still holds the top spot with 167 million customers worldwide. Of those, 61 million are in the United States, or about 36.5 percent.

Now, the most popular streaming service just got better with a cool new technology. And, it’s only available on the Android app, with the iPhone being left out.

Netflix Android App AV1 Streaming goes Live

Netflix has announced it’s added AV1 to its Android mobile application. The tech has been in the works for years now, with companies like Google and Amazon supporting it.

It’s a big deal because it offers 20 percent improved compression efficiency. That means it offers better streaming while using less data at the same time. So, subscribers get an improved viewing experience and don’t have to suffer huge data usage while watching their favorite content.

Liwei Guo, Vivian Li, Julie Beckley, Venkatesh Selvaraj, and Jeff Watts write on the official Netflix Technology blog:

“…we are excited to announce that Netflix has started streaming AV1 to our Android mobile app. AV1 is a high performance, royalty-free video codec that provides 20% improved compression efficiency over our VP9† encodes. AV1 is made possible by the wide-ranging industry commitment of expertise and intellectual property within the Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia), of which Netflix is a founding member.”

Bill Boyles

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