Popular video-streaming service Netflix is reportedly rolling out a new update to its Android app. The update introduces a fresh user interface, replacing the slide-out hamburger menu with a bottom-placed navigation bar.
According to a report by Android Police, the changes are included in version 6.0.0 of Netflix’s beta app. As such, only those users who are enrolled in the beta program will be able to get the update from Google Play Store. Others can sideload the APK by looking it up on everyone’s favourite search provider. The UI refresh appears to be a server-side update and will definitely be appreciated by users who find navigating through the slide-out hamburger menu cumbersome, especially with today’s extra-tall 18:9 aspect ratio display-wielding smartphones.
With the new UI, all standard options such as Home, Search, Coming Soon, Downloads, and More can be accessed via the bottom-placed navigation bar. Content categories can be found under the ‘Search’ section, while ‘More’ is where you can access options to switch accounts, manage profiles, and more.
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Since the UI changes are currently only available in the beta app, it may take a while for them to begin rolling out to the regular version of the app.
Netflix recently partnered Hathway Broadband to offer video streaming services to the latter’s eight lakh subscribers. Under the alliance, Netflix will be offered through Hathway’s set-top box that includes a remote with a dedicated Netflix button to allow users to launch the service directly.
The cable broadband provider’s subscribers will also be able to pay for their Netflix subscription using their Hathway bill, a statement said.