Netflix update makes your Android phone’s lousy speakers sound better.


Netflix update makes your Android phone’s lousy speakers sound better. Netflix has introduced an upgrade to its Android app which should reduce noise and as well make audio sound great and easier to hear over background sound.

One of the core problems with listening to the audio on our smartphones is that it is not quite as great when compared to dedicated speakers or even a good set of headphones. And this is because the speakers on your smartphones are so tiny given the size of our phones though.


It does not leave so much space for it to quaver, which in turn affects the general sound quality.

Well, it has been made possible really, and all thanks to the acquisition of the xHE-AAC codec, which a blog post of Netflix mentioned should:

“improve intelligibility in noisy environments, adapt to variable cellular connections, and scale to studio-quality”. earlier in January, Netflix making use of the codec was made mention, and it is also available on devices with Android 9 upward.

xHE-AAC makes use of metadata to give solutions to some different audio problems that people have when they are watching shows on devices. Netflix makes it clear that this is usually an issue of noisy background noise which, makes it difficult for you to hear the main content.

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Together with fragile and tinny phone speakers that sound so horrible anytime, you try to increase the volume. Contrary dialogue levels also mean that you have to turn up and turn down your volume between shows.

Netflix says that xHE-AAC provides better Dynamic Range Control

Netflix mentions that xHE-AAC provides better Dynamic Range Control. And xHE-AAC is a technology that decreases the difference between the quietest and the loudest parts of a show. Calm content is made louder so that you can easily listen to it over background sound.

And the volume of loud content is put down to avoid clipping. All in theory without having to sacrifice audio quality. Netflix, mentions also that the dialogue volume in place steady between shows.

In all, the codec also allows for seamless bitrate switching. This actually means that it should be able to work better in environments having inconsistent internet speeds. Back in 2019, Netflix included a similar adaptive bitrate functionality to its TV apps.

Netflix mentions that user testing has shown the advantages of the codec. Volume changes between content are down noticeably and viewers switch away. From making use of the built-in speakers of their phone seven percent less often with the new codec.

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Well, Netflix made it clear that it hopes to introduce the codec to various other platforms that allow it. For those of you keeping track, iPhones have allowed xHE-AAC since the launch of the iOS 13 in 2019.