Tag Archive: Playback

How to disable background playback on YouTube Premium

Playing videos on YouTube without the screen on is a great feature, but it’s not one we all want turned on all the time.

Background playback is quite possibly the best part of YouTube Premium. Being able to start a fun playlist or a long discussion panel, turn off the screen, and listen while you keep going about your day is indispensable, but there are times where it can get annoying. For instance, you tap a Reddit  [Read More…]

Get 24 hours of playback for $24 with the Anker SoundCore Bluetooth speaker

That’s an hour of battery life per dollar!

The Anker SoundCore portable Bluetooth speaker is down to $ 23.98 in Red and Blue. This speaker normally goes for $ 33, and it hasn’t dropped this low directly in more than six months. This is nearly $ 15 off the price of the SoundCore 2 right now, as well.

The SoundCore has a 24-hour battery life, which means you can keep pumping out the music throughout the day.  [Read More…]

OnePlus 5 & 5T updated for HD streaming playback, but you have to mail in your phone to get it

Users can mail in their OnePlus 5 or 5T to enable HD playback from Netflix and other providers.

Late last year, it was discovered that the OnePlus 5 and 5T can’t stream HD videos from Netflix, Amazon and other streaming services. The problem is the phones don’t ship with the WidevIne Level 1 DRM that these services require for HD playback, so videos are only played at standard definition (480p). There’s a fix available, but users will have to  [Read More…]

Netflix HDR playback comes to the Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Netflix HDR supported devices is an exclusive little club, and it has a new member.

Netflix has been ridiculously picky about what devices and formats for ultra-high-definition it supports, and as such Netflix has been slow to allow it on any device, with the LG G6 being the sole phone supported for Netflix’s HDR playback… until now, that is. Another phone is crashing the party, and it’s the Sony XZ Premium.

HDR playback on phones might  [Read More…]

Netflix may finally roll out offline playback, but not in the U.S.

Offline playback is coming to Netflix. Just not in the U.S.

Earlier this year, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said that he was “open-minded” about bringing offline playback to the service. In an interview with CNBC, Netflix COO Ted Sarandos said that the company is “looking at” enabling the feature, with initial rollout expected in countries with limited internet availability:

We have talked a lot about this over the years and our belief is that broadband  [Read More…]

Google Play Movies & TV finally gets Android TV playback right in new update

A much-needed tune-up in Google’s latest Android TV app updates.

It seems odd that the Android TV apps I liked the least were Google’s own.

But nevertheless, it was. Sure, all my purchases are in Google Play Movies & TV and all my subscriptions are in YouTube, but pausing was a two-click job, and seeking with any precision was a nightmare. As someone who does a lot of rewinding and scene-skipping, that made my viewing more  [Read More…]

Replay: The growing struggle of playback controls via Bluetooth

Music is the most important function of my phone. No, I am not kidding.

It is what I use at work, home, in bed, in the shower and everywhere in between to keep me sane and happy. Music makes me better, and since music is such a large part of my Android experience, there’s been a slow decline that I’ve been painfully aware of over the last few years, and especially the last few months.

Sometimes  [Read More…]

Google Play Music now keeps the tunes flowing over Google Cast with gapless playback

Google Play Music has snagged a pretty cool update that overhauls the way the app works with Chromecast. In this latest version, you’ll now get gapless playback when casting music via Google Cast and your music will keep on pumping even if your phone gets disconnected.

Amazon Video is first online subscription streaming video service to offer offline playback


The battle that is subscription-based online video streaming gets more interesting today as Amazon Video announces an industry first. Available as part of recently updated service and mobile apps, Amazon will now let users download Prime Videos to be played back offline.

Indeed, this is a major move as players like Hulu and Netflix don’t yet offer the capability. Even stuff like that from Google Play Movies and TV require individual  [Read More…]

Player FM for Android Auto: Simple playback but cluttered listings

Android Auto

There’s absolutely no shortage of podcast players available for Android Auto. In our ‘tour of Android Auto apps, we’ve already taken a look at several from the usual suspects. But Player FM admittedly was a new one for me, despite it being in the same 500,000 to 1 million downloads category as our current favorite podcatcher. Turns out it’s a highly capable app with a bevy of features that even  [Read More…]