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Netflix VR is now available for Google’s Daydream View

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Netflix has launched yet another app in the Play Store, this time specifically for Google’s Daydream virtual reality headset.

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If you own Google’s VR headset, the Daydream View, you can go to the Play Store to download Netflix VR, which allows users to enjoy all their favourite movies and shows in a more immersive and fun way. The new Netflix app adds a VR twist to the already-existing app that most of us are familiar with. However, this means that you have two separate apps: one for your mobile device and one for Daydream.

The app doesn’t add too much in terms of functionality. Essentially, you are taken to a cozy virtual room with a TV screen, on which you will be able to select your movie or show. If you look up, you will find various settings by clicking on the chandelier (which could have been made clearer, to be honest). There you can increase the size of the screen and adjust the view so that you can continue watching while lying down.

Unfortunately, Netflix VR is exclusively for Google’s Daydream platform for now, it seems. So for those with Samsung’s Gear VR, you will have to stick to the one that’s available in the Oculus Store.

One thing to note, however, is that many users are complaining about their Pixel phones overheating after thirty minutes or so of using the app. That is slightly concerning especially after the Galaxy Note 7 disaster; the last thing you want is a device exploding right in front of your eyes. Although there are no official words from Netflix, we are fairly certain that an update is on its way to address the issue.

One thing to note, however, is that many users are complaining about their Pixel phones overheating after thirty minutes or so of using the app.

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Google Home receiving support for Netflix and Google Photos

Google is rolling out support for Photos and Netflix to its Google Home speaker. The update allows users to ask the Google Home to play Netflix content, or display their uploaded photos, on a Chromecast or Chromecast-compatible device.

A new ‘Videos and Photos’ section can be found in the Google Assistant settings of the Google Home app, giving users the opportunity to link their Netflix account or enable/disable the Google Photos integration.

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Despite the Netflix option making an appearance, however, it’s reported that the functionality hasn’t yet been finalized. If you find it in your Google Assistant settings, it may be sitting dormant for the time being. Google could make an official announcement about the new services before they go live.

The news follows the recent introduction of ‘Actions on Google’ which allows third-party developers to integrate voice support for their own products through Google Assistant. You can learn more about that over at the Google Developers blog.

New Daydream View headset colors begin shipping, new apps officially launch

Google officially confirmed that its Daydream View VR headsets are now shipping in two new colors, Crimson and Snow. The new color choices were available for pre-order on the Google Store last week, but both are now officially available in the US, UK and Australia for the price of $79 each. Both colors will also be available at Verizon and Best Buy stores in the US soon, along with Carphone Warehouse and EE in the UK.

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Google also confirmed what we learned in late November; the Moto Z and Moto Z Force have now been updated with Android 7.0 Nougat and support for the Daydream View headset, alongside the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.

Finally, the company noted that a number of new Daydream VR apps are now available to download in the Google Play Store.  They include the previously announced figure building game LEGO Brickheadz, the space shooter Gunjack 2: End of Shift, and the HBO Go and HBO Now apps, which will allow subscribers of the pay TV channel to view its movie and TV library on a virtual big screen. Other Daydream VR games that are currently available include Layers of Fear: Solitude, Wands and Underworld Overlord.

Google also announced that two more Daydream VR apps will be released sometime in December. One is the EA racing game Need for Speed: No Limits VR and the other is the Netflix VR app, which again will let subscribers check out its thousands of movies and TV shows as if they were watching them on a huge screen.

Netflix now lets you watch shows offline

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Netflix is rolling out an update for its Android and iOS apps that finally adds one of the most requested features for the popular video streaming service. The app will now allow users to download select TV shows and movies for offline playback.

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There have been rumors for months that Netflix was going to add support for downloadable content, but today, the company flipped the switch on that feature. The bad news is that not every movie and TV series supports downloading for offline use, most likely due to previously copyright agreements with some studios.

Netflix now lets you watch shows offline

Netflix’s blog post indicates that some of its original TV shows like Stranger Things, Orange is the New Black, Narcos and The Crown all support the new download feature. As you can see from the screenshot above, users will be able to see if their movie or TV series can be downloaded with a downward arrow icon. The company says more films and TV shows will gain the download access feature in the coming months.

This new feature will be available worldwide across all of Netflix’s markets and best of all, the company won’t be raising its subscription fees or making people pay extra for downloading videos. This will certainly be a huge help for people who have a limited cellular data plan but who still want to binge watch videos while on the road or on an airplane flight, which normally does not support streaming media on Wi-Fi.

One word of warning: the change notes for the updated Netflix app shows that the downloadable video feature won’t work on all devices, but there’s no word on which Android products won’t support it.

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