Many of us have watched something from Netflix on our Android device and wondered, “What did he/she say?” Nowadays, streaming technology is advancing very quickly, but it’s worth noting that the quality of the streaming audio could have been better. To solve this problem, Netflix has released a codec to improve audio on Android devices.
The codec can stream audio in xHE-AAC (Extended HE-AAC with MPEG-D DRC) format, which sounds like the name of one of Elon Musk’s children. No need to worry about all those obscure letters, all you need to know is that Netflix audio will soon become more adaptive and sound much cleaner.
The most important part of this audio upgrade is the variable bitrate, which can change depending on your internet speed. So, if your network connection speed is high, the sound will start to increase, and decrease if your connection is less stable. Netflix has also introduced volume control, which provides a more even transition between loud gunfire and quiet conversations.
To take advantage of this small but valuable update, you’ll need a device that runs Android 9 Pie or higher. The codec should update automatically, but if you’re not sure if the rollout has reached your device, you can simply check to see if the update is available in the Google Play store.