Netflix adds HDR video to Android (if you have an LG G6)

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Netflix is launching HDR video on Android today, offering access to higher quality videos on the go — but unfortunately, it’ll only be available on one phone. The news was first spotted by Phandroid.

Netflix is using the Dolby Vision specification for mobile HDR video, which is only offered on the LG G6 right now — hence the reason that the G6 will be the only phone able to take advantage of the update. But if other phones launch with Dolby Vision HDR in the future, they’ll be able to get Netflix in HDR as well.

As a brief side note, while the Galaxy S8 does have an HDR display as well, Samsung is using a new standard, called Mobile HDR Premium, that Netflix doesn’t seem to be actively supporting at this time. In addition to Dolby Vision, there’s also a mobile HDR 10 specification that the G6 supports (which Netflix isn’t using for HDR) because apparently nothing about HDR will ever be simple.

Like HDR video on Netflix for other platforms, HDR on Android will only be available to subscribers to Netflix’s top-tier 4K streaming plan. The Android update should be rolling out soon.

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