Netflix to support Google Play Subscriptions

The Netflix for mobile app has made it easy for users to register for an account and start paying the $9.99 per month subscription in order to access content. Yet that requires users to take out a credit card and enter the details. It may not seem like a lot of work, but any sort of friction can cost users. That’s why a changelog for the latest Netflix for mobile update may excite some users.


Bug fixes
Coming soon: Subscribe for Netflix via Google Play Billing (new permission required).

Support for Google Play Billing makes the process much easier. As your card is already tied to your Google account, users can authenticate as easily as entering your Google password or using your fingerprint. If you have a lot of Google Play credits, you will be able to use those to get a free month or so of Netflix.

Will the same feature come to Android TV? It’s probably going to happen, as some users may first be exposed to Netflix when they get an Android TV. Being able to subscribe right away should enable more registrations.

This is another example of Netflix working with Google to support new features. They recently added Smart Lock, using your Google account to automatically authenticate.

The app update seems to lay the groundwork for this new feature, adding in a new permission at least. After internal testing the feature is complete, it should be released in a second app update. There haven’t been any app updates for Android TV recently, but we’ll keep you updated.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub ( Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop. Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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