As anyone with a Netflix subscription can tell you, there’s enough content in the streaming service’s catalog to occupy you until the end of time. The app for Android makes wading through the content easier than it otherwise might be, thankfully, but the company thinks there’s room for improvement. On Monday, redditor MyFishDrownedItself stumbled upon a redesigned Android client that tweaks the user interface slightly.
Netflix’s redesigned Android application looks somewhat akin to the iOS client, and more consistent with Google’s Material Design guidelines. Most of the options and controls have been moved to the bottom of the application; they’re no longer relegated to a slide-out hamburger menu to the side.
The new user interface isn’t hitting every Android device just yet. Instead, it appears to be part of what’s called an A/B test. In an A/B test, everyone generally gets the same version of an application, and a server-side switch for specific regions or devices ensures that some people get a new feature — in this case, Netflix’s new UI — while others do not. It’s a strategy usually employed for over-the-air (OTA) updates for Android devices, because critical problems can be fixed before they reach an entire user base.
So what do you think? Do you like the new app’s design? Let us know in the comments!
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