An update for Netflix is rolling out right now in the Google Play Store, bringing a much needed bug fix for the Chromecast and the LG Nexus 4. In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, the recent Android 4.3 update seemed to cause a bug in which a device would become unresponsive if it was allowed to fall asleep while casting a Netflix video to a Chromecast. While reports have been scattered and sometimes inconsistent, it only seemed to affect the Nexus 4, and no other device running Android 4.3. The only way to recover from this “sleep of death” was to hold the power button down for up to 10 seconds, and pray for the phone to reboot.
This terrible bug affected both Nexus 4s in my own house, so I’m glad to see that the problem is now (hopefully!) fixed. I’m still scratching my head, wondering how such a huge bug made it past quality control, but alas: it is what it is. In the meantime, I was using my 2012 Nexus 7 tablet to cast Netflix to my TV, so I’m glad that I can once again use my phone, too.
I noticed another new feature in this update, as well: the first time I fired up the app after updating, Netflix asked me if I wanted to start receiving notifications about newly added shows and movies.
Anyway, you can grab the update below.
Download: Google Play