Newsletter: Netflix Removes User Reviews & No Manual Backup On Android P

Newsletter: Netflix Removes User Reviews & No Manual Backup On Android P

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NETFLIX REMOVES ALL USER REVIEWS

THE STORY:

Netflix has finally removed all users’ reviews from its website as promised. Now, you can no more take people’s opinion before watching a TV series or a movie as the section is removed due to “declining use”.

WHY DID NETFLIX REMOVE REVIEWS?

Netflix has been notifying its users over removing the reviews section from its website after July 30th, 2018. Also, the company would be purging all the posted reviews by mid of August, which include vintage but alive contributions. Although, the company reveals the reason for removing this feature and purging all the posted content is the fall in its usage. On its official website, Netflix says, “You can no longer post reviews on Netflix. Netflix customers were able to leave reviews on Netflix.com until mid-2018, when reviews were removed due to declining use. To learn how Netflix suggests TV shows and movies we think you’ll love, visit our Ratings & Recommendations article.”

On other hand, where all the blame is being put over the “declining usage”, Netflix seems to forbid users and critics to write their opinion about a specific content. It is understood that people look at the reviews before investing time in watching it and negative reviews for a title certainly makes the person skip it. However, one of the reasons could be the possibility of abusing the feature by intentionally sabotaging a content for various purposes.

One of the representative of Netflix told ‘Variety’ that “Writing a ‘bad review’ never had any bearing to whether a title was recommended to other viewers or not, Recommendations to members are always personalized based on what we think that specific member will enjoy watching based on what they have watched before”.

WHAT IS THE ALTERNATIVE TO NETFLIX REVIEWS?

Now that you don’t have people to help you choose a movie or series to watch, there are other alternatives to help you with it. Although, you can simply search for the best content online that you wish to watch. However, one of the best options to suggest you worth-watching content is the Netflix Roulette. This website provides you with the best pick according to what you’re looking for. There, you just have to select your genre and the range of ratings from the popular publishers like IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes, and it shows you the best title to watch. You don’t have to read thousands of mixed reviews about a movie to start with.

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GOOGLE RESTRICS MANUAL DRIVE BACKUP IN ANDROID PIE?

THE STORY: According to an issue posted at Android development team on the Google Issue Tracker, Google has removed the manual backup of the phone data to the Drive with the release of its Android Pie

WHAT IS THE ISSUE?

According to a complaint raised at Google Issue Tracker portal, a person adds that “I can find no option to manually start a backup to Google Drive of my Pixel 2 XL in the system settings, which the official support documentation for Android O says should be there. This is very inconvenient as it seems to only backup when charging and my device has lost the ability to charge.” This means that the backup process in Android Pie happens automatically that include backing up of your call history, text messages, device settings, app data and much more. The automated process gets triggered under predefined conditions like time, power status etc.

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM?

A representative from Google has addressed the problem and said that the feature would be reintroduced in the future release. The representative from Google wrote after a few days that “We’ve deferred this issue for consideration in a future release. Thank you for your time to make Android better.”. And, after a few days from that, the problem was marked as ‘fixed’ with the “The requested feature will be available in a future release.” So, it is sure that the manual backup feature would be back again, but it is not clear that the future release would be the 9.1 or the Android Q.

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