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It looks like Google's willing to bend the Play Store rules if you're a big enough customer

It looks like Google's willing to bend the Play Store rules if you're a big enough customer

The last couple of years have brought increased scrutiny on Google Play's power over Android developers, especially in the wake of its lawsuit with Epic. The company followed Apple's lead back in March, lowering its fees to 15% for the first $1 million in revenue. A newly unsealed consumer lawsuit involving Google has revealed some new facts about how the Play Store is managed behind the scenes, including a secret deal made with Netflix.

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Netflix begins its official (and very small) gaming program

Netflix begins its official (and very small) gaming program

Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Sony, Nvidia — all of them are trying to dominate the early and emerging market of streaming games, hosted from powerful servers and broadcast directly to players' screens without the need of a gaming PC or console. But it looks like yet another challenger is approaching this new battlefield, and it has a familiar name: Netflix.

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Netflix brings HD and HDR support to the OnePlus 8, 8 Pro, and 8T

Netflix brings HD and HDR support to the OnePlus 8, 8 Pro, and 8T

If you've been binging your favorite Netflix show on a recent phone from OnePlus or Oppo, you might have been missing a lot. The Android app has to certify that the devices it's running on (and the software they're using) are of sufficient quality to enable HD playback. That probably has more to do with anti-piracy measures than performance, but that doesn't matter a whole lot to customers who are stuck with lower-quality video.

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Netflix confirms it's working on games, but only mobile games for now

Netflix confirms it's working on games, but only mobile games for now

A week ago Netflix hired a veteran of Electronic Arts and Oculus to be its "President of Game Development," which led Bloomberg to declare that the long-time movie and TV streamer was stepping into the game market. Yesterday Netflix confirmed that this is true in a letter to shareholders: Netflix is indeed going to offer games. But don't throw out your Stadia controller just yet.

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Netflix now lets you start watching stuff while it's partially downloaded in case the Wi-Fi cuts o—

Netflix now lets you start watching stuff while it's partially downloaded in case the Wi-Fi cuts o—

We've all been there, frantically downloading media just before the signal cuts off, you get out of Wi-Fi range, or the plane starts taxiing out from the gate. And it's a bummer if your download doesn't finish in time. Thankfully, if it's a Netflix download that gets interrupted, now you'll still be able to watch at least part of it next time that happens.

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Netflix HDR-10 certification lands for Asus Zenfone 8 and Vivo X60 series

Netflix HDR-10 certification lands for Asus Zenfone 8 and Vivo X60 series

Mobile phones may seem cramped for watching full-length movies, but they’re still (very) popular among Netflix users, as is evident from its billion-plus Play Store downloads. That’s why the streaming giant keeps an up-to-date list of devices that can offer you the best streaming experience for its app. It isn’t at all surprising that the new OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro are now also compatible with Netflix's streaming standards, along with a bunch of other phones from Oppo and Sharp.

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Netflix's cure for your insufferable indecision has now gone mobile

Netflix's cure for your insufferable indecision has now gone mobile

Channel surfing has been a casualty of the switch from cable TV to Netflix or Hulu. Gone are the halcyon days of watching The Shawshank Redemption on TNT just because it's on. Stumbling on a cult classic or a forgotten hit on weekend afternoons might have been left in the past, but Netflix is making an effort to modernize the experience with its new "Play Something" button.

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Netflix teases N-Plus: A new way to get attached to your favorite Netflix shows before they're cancelled

Netflix teases N-Plus: A new way to get attached to your favorite Netflix shows before they're cancelled

A lot has changed since Netflix burst onto the media scene in the late 2000s. Despite the increased competition, it's still the most popular streaming service globally for watching movies and TV shows on the web, and it's not looking to slow down momentum. Netflix may be planning to launch a new online space designed around enhancing its original properties with bonus features, podcasts, and more.

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Netflix and Chromecast for Google TV are starting to patch up their differences

Netflix and Chromecast for Google TV are starting to patch up their differences

Google’s new Chromecast dongle has had its fair share of issues, but none has been as vexing as Netflix refusing to play nicely with the device — which, ironically, has a dedicated Netflix button on the remote. More recently, things have started to change as Netflix is back to integrating well with Google TV’s core functions, just as it did earlier — but there are some parts that aren’t back on track just yet.

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A Netflix crackdown on borrowed logins could be coming

A Netflix crackdown on borrowed logins could be coming

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has famously proclaimed that he doesn't mind his customers sharing their accounts with other people — which goes against Section 4.2 of the streaming service's own terms of use — because those other people tend to purchase their own subscription at some point. But it seems that the era of borrowed logins might soon come to an end.

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