Netflix for Android now offers "studio quality" audio

The sound quality of the Netflix app has just improved substantially. This is what has changed.

If you are one of those who prefer to see their favorite Netflix movies and series through your Android mobile or tablet, you will be glad to know that the company behind the platform has improved their app raising the bar for audio quality, through techniques that promise deliver studio-quality audio.

Through his technical blog, Netflix has confirmed that from now on, compatible Android device users can enjoy enhanced audio thanks to the xHE-AAC audio codec. But, What does that really mean?


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Better sound quality for Netflix users on Android

Among the improvements that support for this new codec brings, Netflix highlights the ability to improve audio clarity in situations with a lot of background noise, or the possibility of adapt to variable network connections.

One of the functions that this update of the application's sound system brings is a better sound volume management. In that sense, the company specifies that it will no longer be necessary be raising or lowering the volume level by, for example, going from an action scene to a quieter one. The idea is that the technology behind the app is capable of handle these changes in a more natural and imperceptible way for the user.

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It is also improved the audio dynamic range to, in the words of Netflix, "optimize the dynamic range of a program to provide the best listening experience on any device, in any environment." Something that, to be carried out in a natural way, requires a sophisticated algorithm able to anticipate significantly.

During the first tests carried out by Netflix with some users, it was discovered that those people who already had the xHE-AAC codec In their app, they chose to continue listening to the audio through the speakers of their devices to a greater extent than those who did not have this codec. Therefore, the company now aspires to implement the new audio codec on other platforms.