Netflix won’t be enjoying properly with Google TV for some cause, however the firm is pouring tons of assets into its Android app. The service obtained variable playback speeds and a display lock characteristic this 12 months, and now it seems to be like we’re in for audio-only background playback. It might show you how to avoid wasting valuable cellular information or go away your cellphone in your pocket when you’re maintaining together with your favourite sequence.

Above: Video on. Beneath: Video off.

The characteristic was first noticed in an app teardown by our mates at XDA Builders again in October, but it surely wasn’t practical again then. Now it involves the primary few subscribers as a part of a server-side rollout. In case you’re in on the change, you may see a brand new Video off button on the high of the full-screen video participant. Tapping it activates the audio-only mode, leaving you with a clean display exhibiting all playback controls together with the scrub bar, ahead and backward, pace, and so forth. Even the brightness slider stays out there, although it is fairly ineffective right here.

We have additionally noticed a brand new Audio Solely possibility in settings. Tapping it opens a pop-up menu that permits you to select whenever you need to use the mode: At all times On, Headphones or Exterior Audio system, and Off.

I might think about that audio-only will work higher for some exhibits than for others. I do not suppose I might perceive the storyline in one thing like American Horror Story or Breaking Dangerous with out the visuals, however the mode might be nicely fitted to sitcoms, stand-up comedy, and a few documentaries. You may nonetheless need to swap to audio description below Audio & Subtitles when out there.

It would take some time till the audio-only mode rolls out to your account. The one factor you are able to do is attempt to hold your Netflix app up to date, so verify in the event you’ve obtained the newest model put in on the Play Retailer or APK Mirror.