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Netflix HD Support For The Poco F1 Announced – Widevine L1 Coming In Q4 2018

It has been a month or two since Xiaomi dropped the Pocophone F1, or as many may call it, the “showstopper”. The Pocophone F1 has been met with a ton of excitement and a mild wave of serenity. One of the major issues when the Pocophone F1 dropped was the lack of Widevine L1 support, a DRM that’s critical for many media streaming apps on Android.

Netflix happens to be one of the apps to utilize Widevine L1, a DRM that Xiaomi doesn’t pay much attention to for being a company based in China. Ever since the Pocophone F1 launch, users have been aching to force Xiaomi launch an OTA update to bring support for Widevine L1 on the Pocophone F1.

In their latest community update, Xiaomi has announced that they are working with Qualcomm and Google to get support for the DRM. Once Xiaomi does push an update, Netflix enthusiasts would be able to watch their favorite series in 1080p rather than the 540p imposed right now. Their latest community update for the Poco F1 reads..

1. Widevine L1 to support HD Netfilx
Still developing with Google and Qualcomm, will try to release the Beta within Q4 .

2. Status bar – no notifications app icons display
Finished. Please try on the coming beta version ( MIUI 10 Global 8.10.17). You can turn on this feature like ‘Settings-Notifications&Status bar-Show Icons for incoming notifications’

The App icons will display in 2 scenarios: after you unlock the phone or receive the notifications.

3. Make all the 4 coners round like they are at the bottom after turn on Hide notch in settings
Will try.

4. Allow 3rd party apps to use the full screen dispaly more effcient, support to full fill the screen in some video apps or games
We are developing an option to let you full fill the screen for some apps which are not adjust to the 18:9 display. Will finish asap.

5. Thanks for the camera feedbacks you offered last week, already shared with camera team

Certainly this update has held back a ton of Netflix enthusiasts so far and it definitely seems like Xiaomi has come to realize how much Netflix has grown over the past few years. Hopefully with the update in place, Xiaomi would be able to entice a larger majority of users who have been aching to watch Netflix on their mobile phone.

Xiaomi has definitely been quick when it comes to updates. With update MIUI 10 8.10.11 Xiaomi addressed and fixed the touch latency issue we had been complaining about for the past few months. In addition to that, Xiaomi has also addressed a number of memory management issues with the Pocophone F1 in the past. Given that they’re promising a Q4 update, we’d speculate that the update may be pushed by next month.

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