Netflix has announced an update to its Android app that will bring Play Something and Fast Laughs features. The former, a random shuffle play feature, was first tested in May and added as a feature to the TV app in April. The Fast Laughs feature is similar to TikTok, which shows random little comic book clips in rapid fire. This first appeared in March for the iOS app. Fast Laughs displays a full-screen vertical video in an autoplay feed.
The Play Something update for Netflix is currently only available to Android users. The video streaming platform mentions that they will be testing this feature on iOS first in the coming months. The Fast Laughs function, new for Android, has been available on iOS devices since March.
Netflix’s Play Something feature can be used via a new button on the home screen – after the user selects a profile. It’s visible in the lower right corner above the menu bar at the bottom. The Play Something button hovers over the contents of the home screen. It’s basically a random playback option that plays a movie or TV show that Netflix thinks a user might want to see.
The shuffle play feature isn’t random, however, as Netflix would only play content based on users’ interests and previous viewing behavior. The Play Something feature would resume content that users may have started but not completed, that has been added to their watchlist, or that is brand new content that Netflix’s algorithm can suggest to users.
Additionally, Netflix added a TikTok-like feature to its mobile apps – Fast Laughs. This feature shows random little funny clips in full-screen portrait format in an autoplay feed. Fast Laughs gets its own menu in the lower bar along with home, Coming soon, and Downloads. The feature was first introduced for the iOS app in March and the clips presented here come from the extensive library of TV shows, films and stand-ups from the comedy genre.
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