The company has confirmed that the Android version of the application will save a user’s bandwidth.
Users of the Netflix app on Android devices who live in developing nations or who are starting to run short on what’s left of their data plan for the month will be pleased with a new feature that is headed their way and that is meant to make sure the streaming service doesn’t present as much of a drain on their data.
Due to the bandwidth required to stream the Netflix content, many people see it as a WiFi only experience.
In response to this and to make sure customers will be able to use the Netflix app regardless of where they are and how much data is left on their plans, data saver mode is being packed into the application. This will help to place a check on the amount of data that is consumed and can allow the user to choose the quality of the video they’d like to see. When this feature becomes available, it will be possible to reduce the amount of data used by dropping the quality down to a level that is quite blurry but still viewable.
The Netflix app will also reduce the amount of data it uses while it runs in the background.
Netflix announced the addition of the data saver mode, which has already been introduced to some of the Android apps, on its official blog. It confirmed that it is working on testing that feature as well as several others and that they will be rolling out in a more widespread way very soon.
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This is one of several efforts the company is making in order to cater to a growing number of consumers who are watching video over mobile networks. The company is exploring various ways to make sure consumers can keep control over the experience they receive through Netflix, regardless of the device they’re using.
The goal is to make it possible for users of the Netflix app to maintain more control over their data usage while they do stream over mobile networks, so that they can stream a larger amount of video even when they have a smaller data plan, or they can choose to boost their video quality if they are subscribing to a more substantial data plan. The company has set a goal of May 2016 for the release of these new features.