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[Update: Slow-mo starting to roll out] Pocophone F1 to soon get 960fps slow-motion and 4K60 recording, Widevine L1 support, and more

$1,000 flagship phones are an unfortunate reality in today's market, but there are plenty of options out there with most of the performance at a fraction of the price. One of the newest entrants to this game has been Xiaomi's Pocophone F1, which offers flagship-level specs at just $300. In case the low, low price wasn't incentive enough to pick one up, the Poco team will be adding a bunch of features and fixes in the coming weeks.

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Netflix is bumping prices on all streaming plans

Netflix launched its streaming video service 12 years ago, forever changing the way many of us watch TV. The cost for its all-you-can-stream subscriptions has gone up over the years, and it's time for another price hike. All three tiers of Netflix service are going up, but T-Mobile has your back (for now).

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Pixel 3 and 3 XL seem to have silently picked up HDR support in Netflix

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.

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Google's Widevine L3 DRM, used by Netflix, Hulu, and HBO, has been broken

Today's theme seems to be DRM. Security researcher David Buchanan has managed to crack open Widevine L3, one of Google's less secure Widevine DRM implementations used by apps like Netflix and Hulu. Once decrypted, streams using the DRM method can be played back in "plain old ffmpeg" — trivially easily, in other words.

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Netflix passes 500 million installs on Play Store

The Play Store doesn't provide very precise metrics for app installs, but it does give us general milestones of their success, and Netflix just reached a major one. The ubiquitous streaming service has now reached 500,000,000 installs — that's 500 million, if you don't care to count the commas or zeros.

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Netflix certifies new devices for HD and HDR support including Huawei Mate 20

Netflix is a mega-popular streaming app on phones, so naturally, people want the video to look good. Sadly, not all phones have certification for Netflix HD or HDR. There have been a few instances where popular phones can't even stream in HD because of DRM incompatibilities. If you predicate your buying decisions on Netflix support, there are some new phones to consider today.

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[Update: LG V40] Netflix HDR support added for LG G7 One, Sony Xperia XZ3 and XZ2 Premium

Netflix HDR support kicked off with the LG G6 back in May 2017, but quite a few devices have been added since then. Most recently, the Sony Xperia XZ2, the Huawei Mate 10, and the Huawei P20 were added. Three more phones have just joined the roster: the LG G7 One, the Sony Xperia XZ3, and the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium.

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You can now ask an Assistant speaker to play Netflix on Android TV

Android TV devices are supposed to have all the functionality of a Chromecast, since they also act as Cast targets. However, there are still some quirks that remained unresolved. Netflix integration with Google Assistant went live nearly two years ago, allowing users to say "Hey Google, play The Office on Netflix" (or something to that effect) to an Assistant speaker, and the content will start playing on their default TV.

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[Update: Rolling out to more users with latest Beta] Netflix unveils refreshed UI with bottom navigation bar in latest update (APK Download)

Back in December, Netflix was running what appeared to be a server-side test of a refreshed UI featuring a bottom navigation bar. Now it seems Netflix is rolling out the new interface to some of its beta users, and we finally have an APK download to share too.

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Netflix adds Galaxy Note9, Tab S4, LG G7/V35, and more to HD and HDR list

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.

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