A day after seeding the Nova 3 and Honor 10 with Bone ID technology, Huawei is now rolling out an update to its flagship Mate 20 Pro and P20 Pro which will enable these devices to play HD and HDR content on Netflix.
The update comes in the form of Widevine L1 support which has been rolled out for the Huawei P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro. Widevine L1 allows users to watch their favourite movies and TV shows in HD and HDR quality on Netflix.
For those of you who don’t know, streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video require Widelvine L1 licensing to play content at 720p or higher resolution. Devices which don’t come with support certification are limited to playing content at a maximum of 540p, no matter however high the display resolution is.
Widevine is thus a DRM standard which Google uses to authorise devices to stream content at the highest quality. The DRM is a necessity when it comes to utilising adaptive streaming quality, encryption and licensing key exchange.
The Huawei P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro initially equipped Widevine L3 support which happens to be the lowest rank in terms of security. With the latest update, fortunately, both the devices now receive Widevine L1 support and will thus be able to stream content at the highest quality. Netflix users especially will be able to stream their TV shows and movies to HDR quality.
The update also comes with Huawei’s latest EMUI 9 interface which is based on Android 9 Pie. This means that the Huawei P20 Pro will feature gesture-based user navigation, GPU Turbo 2.0 and redesigned UI in addition to supporting Netflix HD and HDR content.