Anyone who watches a lot of TV and movies will know that pain, and Netflix says it's been working really hard to ensure that those sudden spikes don't happen, or only happen if they really directly reflect the on-screen action. In its latest update, Netflix said that it will now stream content with Extended HE-AAC with MPEG-D DRC (xHE-AAC) audio extensions on compatible Android devices (Android 9.0 and above).
Netflix continues so as to add new options to its cellular app.
According to Engadget, Netflix previously used standard HE-AAC as its audio decoder. It should be noted that the new changes will only apply if your device is running on Android 9 or later. What does this imply for binge-watchers?
Netflix is rolling out a good sound quality improvement for the Android phone which will significantly prove users with a much better streaming experience. The firm guarantees three issues with xHE-AAC audio codec help. A key change that will make a difference to users across the world but particularly in India is the variable bitrate for audio streaming. So, when you switch between the two while watching, you will experience a dip in volume or a nonuniform audio experience. Similarly, it will automatically switch to a higher bit rate to improve the audio quality if it gets a faster internet connection. Although the technical aspects behind the change are quite complicated, the simplest way to explain the change is that Netflix is now promising "studio-quality audio" to go with its already excellent video content on Android devices.
Apart from auto audio optimisation, the upgrade also focuses on loudness management. This means you will not have to worry about toying with the volume with each episode or different movies. This basically allows users to play all titles at a consistent volume. Also, all dialogues will now be more legible in noisy environments, even via the phone's built-in speaker. The upgrade is now in A/B testing though, so only some of you would get the update.