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.
As Netflix sinks more money than it might ever hope to make back with subscription price hikes on its financially-squeezed consumer base, we'd like to let you know that it has also broadened its official Android device support listings for viewing in HD and HDR10. The additions include the brand-spanking-new Galaxy S21 series and a whole bunch of Oppo phones.
Whenever a major new Android device debuts, Netflix tends to add HD and HDR certification to it. Of course, that's not always the case, but Samsung is too big a name to ignore. The Galaxy S10 phones can now play Netflix video in HDR, and lower-end Galaxy M-series devices and newer Snapdragon chipsets now have HD support.
Content quality in Netflix covers a range from old-school SD to a brain-searing 4K, further augmented by the option for HDR — which, in Netflix's case, is effectively an extended color gamut. We've kept an eye on which phones snag the feature, and based on recent reports, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL appear to have just picked it up.
Samsung is known for having the best displays in the smartphone/tablet game, and that hasn't changed with the new Galaxy Note9 and Tab S4. As a result, we're not surprised that Netflix has already added the duo to its HD/HDR support list. Several other devices have been added as well.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is one of the best Android tablets you can buy right now, for what that's worth. It will probably be a while before Android 8.0 Oreo reaches the tablet, but in the meantime, Samsung has pushed a minor update that enables HDR support for Netflix (among other things).