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Last week, we heard from Dan Morrill (via Reddit) that "top men" were working on the "sleep of death" issue that caused 4.3 devices to become unresponsive if they fell asleep while streaming from Netflix through the Chromecast.

Tonight, though, it looks like the issue is already fixed with Netflix's update to version 2.4.1. We've been testing the update since it popped up earlier this evening, and haven't experienced a lockup yet.

The change log for the update is short and sweet, but unfortunately doesn't mention the 1080p streaming set to debut on the new Nexus 7.

  • Fixes and optimization for devices running Android 4.3.
  • On the new Nexus 7 HD, this version requires all Android 4.3 system updates to be installed.

If you're running Android 4.3 and haven't already, hit the widget below to grab the update.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • FarmerTechno

    Ah, so glad to hear it. I feared the app would be boxed up and hidden in a secret Army warehouse, never to be seen again...

  • Cory Wilson

    Hopefully now the sleep issue is fixed. Wasn't a big deal just had to restart the app otherwise worked fine

  • blahmoomoo

    I accidentally triggered the sleep of death twice in the past two days (once I forgot, once I accidentally launched it). This update appears to have fixed the problem!

  • Guest

    Have they fixed the problem on my Pixel yet? I keep getting some long streaming error code starting with C.

  • titanium_man

    Hope this issue is fixed, I have had too do a hard reboot of my Nexus 4 every time the phones screen went to sleep while watching Netflix on chromecast.

  • PamelaLibrarian

    Oh thank God! This was a huge pain. Each time a had a slight fear that I wouldn't be able to resuscitate my Nexus.

  • David Suarez

    Thank you top men! Was about to format my nexus 4....

  • Garrett

    Just tested the update on my Nexus 4 running 4.3. It works perfectly!

  • mgamerz

    My Nexus 7 OG and Galaxy Nexus didn't seem to have any problems with the original Netflix and Chromecast.

    • Garrett

      As far as I know, it was only the Nexus 4 running Android 4.3 that had issues with Netflix. Lucky us... heh.

      • Paul_Werner

        Oh thanks for pointing this out Garrett. I never stream Netflix on my N4 but my N7 (2012) and didn't notice the issue. Glad I didn't, sounds like it sucked

  • nsnsmj

    Now they need to pull through with the 'Profiles' update.

  • mesmorino

    It doesn't work on AOKP for me, just never plays a video

  • TY

    Really, New Nexus 7 HD? Just call it Nexus 7 (2013), shall we?

    • firesoul453

      Why not call it the brand new Nexus 7 HD 2013 edition lol

    • Simon Belmont

      Indeed. Especially given that the 2012 N7 was already HD (actually slightly higher at WXGA) resolution.

      The 2013 is FULL HD. Imagine if they called it New Nexus 7 FHD.

      • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

        Sadly they do call it that. Check Amazon :P

  • Nicholas Matulich

    too bad they haven't tackled the chromecast bugs. A lot of motorola & lg phones still can't cast from there phones. http://forums.androidcentral.com/google-chromecast/301496-chromecast-bug-certain-phones-razr-bionic-etc.html

  • Al

    still doesnt work for me

  • OmniWrench

    I no longer need to attempt to explain OTA updates, software bugs, operating system versions and "watching your show suddenly might make Daddy's phone not work even though it worked fine last week" when the little one wants to watch a show! Thank you top men!

  • Needshelpinphilly

    Since I updated my nexus 4, I can't update any apps, let alone use some of them. Does this also fix that. My phone randomly freezes and shuts off.. Please help

  • Giorgos Mavrikas

    Great. Android 4.3 has a vulnerability, so we fix the app that triggers it and not the vulnerability itself.

    • naysayer

      You don't seem to know what "vulnerability" means. Also, it is obviously a lot faster to fix a tiny app that can be updated easily.

      • Giorgos Mavrikas

        When an app crashes an OS it's a DoS vulnerability.
        When you fix the app so it doesn't crash the OS it's a workaround.
        The fix comes when you patch the OS so other apps cannot exploit that vulnerability.