Netflix to upgrade Android app with ‘studio-like’ audio
January 25, 2021

Expect those titles to sound even better.

If you love to watch Netflix titles on your Android device, expect it to sound even better. Netflix has announced an update to its Android app that will now support audio streaming in a new xHE-AAC (Extended HE-AAC with MPEG-D DRC) format. This basically means that the audio will be upgraded to studio-quality, offering more defined sounds even if you’re listening on the speakers or through headphones. 

The Netflix Technology Blog explains that the new format comes with a variable bitrate that improves audio quality depending on your connection. This is similar to video streams that get clearer as long as your internet connection is stable. A new loudness management feature is also added that prevents sudden changes in volume. It also means that you can listen to dialogues clearer even if it is a loud or quiet scene.

The new features are sure to be welcomed by Android users, considering that other enhancements like surround sound and Dolby Atmos have long been supported by other platforms.

Netflix says that the new xHE-AAC format will be supported on the latest version of the app, and your Android device should be running at least Android 9 Pie and up.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.
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