Netflix has announced an update to its Android app that will bring Play Something and Fast Laugh features. The former, a random shuffle play feature, was first seen as a test in May and added as a feature to the TV app in April. The Fast Laugh feature is similar to TikTok in that it shows random short comic clips in rapid fire. It first appeared for the iOS app in March. Fast Laugh displays full-screen vertical video in an auto-playing feed.
The Play Something update for Netflix is currently only available for Android users. The video-streaming platform mentions that it will first test the feature on iOS in the coming months. However, the new-for-Android Fast Laugh feature has already been available on iOS devices since March.
Netflix’s Play Something feature can be accessed via a new button added to the home screen – after the user has selected a profile. It appears in the lower-right corner, above the bottom menu bar. The Play Something button hovers over the contents of the Home screen. It’s basically a shuffle play option that plays a movie or TV show that Netflix thinks a user wants to watch.
However, the shuffle play feature is not random as Netflix will only play content based on users’ interests and past viewing behavior. Play will continue to feature certain content that users have started but haven’t completed, added to their watch list, or brand new content that Netflix’s algorithm can recommend to users.
In addition, Netflix has added a TikTok-esque feature to its mobile app – Fast Laughs. This feature shows random short funny clips in full-screen vertical format in the auto-playing feed. Get your own dedicated menu in the bar downstairs with Fast Laugh Househandjob coming soon, And download. The feature was first introduced in March for the iOS app and the clips featured here will come from a vast library of TV shows, movies and stand-ups of the comedy genre.
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