In the latest update to their Android app, Netflix has brought users a unique but handy feature. If you need support with the app or your service, you can talk to a support representative directly from within the app. No more switching to your phone app or calling on another phone to get help. It is something that Netflix teased back in October as a way to differentiate their support over other streaming media services. Given the somewhat lackluster support that many apps seemingly have today, it is good to see at least one take customer service seriously enough to make it easy for you to make a phone call to them.
If you are an Android user then you probably already know about the Androidify app. For those new to the platform or if you haven’t heard of it, the Androidify app allows you to build your own Android character that is befitting to you. Think of it as your Android avatar where you can change the character to a more fitting version of you to share with others. To the right you can see mine
it all its glory.
With the holiday season upon us, Google has released an update to the app that allows you to add some festive cheer to your character. Through the additions of accessories and of course a very ugly holiday sweater, you can get your Android character ready for the holidays.
The update has brought several new things like sweaters, hockey skates, ski goggles, Google Cardboard, a new stocking hat, a new leave scarf, a hot cocoa accessory to hold and of course the new Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and a Chromebook to hold. This isn’t the whole list, there are a lot more, so get the app and explore it while having some fun. So yes, you can make a very personal, it’s-like-me character or you can make your alter ego. Either way, it’s a bit of fun.
Google has rolled out another update to the Chromecast app for Android phones and tablets that brings a new Offers page off the menu. The updated version is 1.13.13 for those keeping score at home and has been published to the Google Play Store. That means that if you have the app already installed on one of your Android devices, you should see the OTA update at any point now.
Functionally you are not going to see much difference between this update and the previous version except this new Offers page. As you may know, when you buy a Chromecast (and they are on sale – 2 for $55 & $20 in Google Play Store credits) you will receive various offers from Google and other companies that you can use with it. These offers vary from time to time (generally every quarter they change a little bit) and range from free movies to trials of services (like Google Play Music). Previously finding these offers was tricky and the fastest way I found was by going to the Offers website – not exactly handy while you are on-the-go. Now all you do is tap the menu button in the upper left corner and tap on Offers. There you will see all of the current offers available and you can tap on any one of them to get the details or to sign up.
If you are considering getting a Chromecast, take a look at my review.
Netflix has dropped an update to their app in the Google Play Store that brings back a feature that has been missing in the past few updates: Home screen widgets. If you remember, the movie and television streaming app had widgets prior to their big 4.0 update back in August but they were dropped and it was never clear why. In the latest build, version 4.4 for those keeping score at home, a single 5×5 home screen widget returns to highlight content or to give you one tap access to your movies and TV shows you are currently watching. The update is for both Android phones and tablets and if you already have the app installed, you should see the OTA update for it over the course of the next couple of days.
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Over the course of the weekend, Netflix dropped an update for their Android app in the Google Play Store. The new 3.15 version – for those keeping score at home – is primary a bug fix release while also bring full support for Android Marshmallow to the app. Nothing super news worthy but what was worth a mention was a tease that Netflix put at the bottom of the release notes: Call Netflix Help directly from the app. While no indicator of timing was given in the notes, the idea of being able to get technical support directly from within the app is one that could help users quickly if they are having trouble.
Google has released an update to the Google Play Movies & TV app that, amongst many changes, brings Android Marshmallow support to the app. The update is version 3.9.20 for those keeping score at home and it is available for both Android phones and tablets. Given that Android Marshmallow is starting to roll out today, it is a good idea to get this update so you can assure compatibility. Note that if you already have Google Play Movies & TV installed you should get the update via an OTA over the next couple of days.
As the name suggests for those who aren’t familiar with it, Google Play Movies & TV is the app that allows you to purchase, download and stream movies and televisions shows from the Google library. Once you make a purchase through the app or the Google Play Store, you can download it to your devices for offline viewing or you can simply stream it on your device. The app is also Chromecast compatible and works great with the Chromecast 2015 device (You can read my review of it here).
The Netflix for Android app has received a minor update this morning, bringing with it some UI tweaks and various bug fixes. The update will vary in version number based on your device, but on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 running KitKat, it is build 3.12.0 build 4529 for those keeping score at home. The updates are not going to be overly obvious but is still a worthwhile update to get if you use the app frequently. In my case, I had issues with it crashing when I had multiple apps open. That appears to have been resolved in this update.