Netflix tests using your motion sensors to "improve playback quality", somehow


Netflix's Android application is tracking some users' movements by requesting access to physical activity sensors, TheNextWeb reports. What is Netflix going to do with the data?

Netflix further adds that it simply tested the feature with a select few users and has no plans of rolling it out widely anytime soon.

That was corroborated by the Next Web who reported on it. Netflix told the Next Web in a statement that "it was a "part of a test to see how [it] can improve video playback quality when a member is on the go".

"Android Q introduces a new ACTIVITY_RECOGNITION runtime permission for apps that need to detect the user's step count or classify the user's physical activity, such as walking, biking, or moving in a vehicle", Google says in the documentation for the new feature.

The permission was reportedly turned on by default without any prior prompt. When contacted, Netflix admitted that this was part of a test they were doing "to give our members a better experience". It has no plans, at least for now, to expand it to all users.

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It's more likely that Netflix is utilizing this information to examine what customers do when they watch movies on the go to better understand its clients. People watch Netflix on their phones in the gym, on buses and trains.

The company didn't shed any light on how it may use that data to improve on-the-go video playback. The video streaming service has a Make It series of DIY projects.

Here's to "Netflix and Stroll" becoming the new "Netflix & Chill".

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We recently heard about Netflix and YouTube support coming to Tesla cars.