Google Play may start blocking root users from accessing certain apps
by Milen Yanachkov / May 19, 2017, 5:49 AM
The latest update for Netflix, which rolled out on Google Play a few days ago, raised a few eyebrows in the Android community by preventing users with rooted/unlocked devices to download the app from Google's official storefront. The app itself still works on rooted devices, it's just shows up as "incopmatible" on Google Play, with the updated changelog stating that: “version 5.0 only works with devices that are certified by Google and meet all Android requirements.”
Slashgear reports that some of the criteria for blocking access from Google Play include "devices that fail integrity tests or those that are uncertified by Google," which basically excludes rooted devices and custom Android ROMs.Bad news is that recent changes made to the Google Play developer console indicate that more apps may join the ranks of Netflix in the future. The newly added "Device catalog" section allows developers to choose whether their apps should be accessible to root users directly from Google Play.
Modding enthusiasts may be pleased to hear that these restrictions won't necessarily prevent apps from working on their devices, they just won't have access to the apps from Google Play. APKs sideloaded from other sources will still work.
Although these changes to the platform are sure to annoy some people, they are being made with security improvements in mind. Unfortunately, they may also negatively affect Android OEMs who are not using Google's certification.
"Android users get so much more freedom when you root."
posted on May 19, 2017, 6:07 AM 4
Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014
Yep, well guess I'm going to Amazon for my apps
posted on May 19, 2017, 6:50 AM 0
It also excludes phones with an unlocked bootloader. Which doesn't mean rooted nor a custom ROM. Magisk can hide all of the above (so far) and pass Google's safety net checks.
posted on May 19, 2017, 6:09 AM 2
Posts: 541; Member since: Apr 16, 2014
Oh dear... this is already happening. Now I know why I got this same incompatible with device error message this morning when wiped my device and reinstalled Touchwiz Lollipop 5.1.1 on my Note 10.1 2014 Edition.
posted on May 19, 2017, 8:14 AM 0
Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2015
It was supposed to stop people from downloading apps that don't work if you trip SafetyNet, like Pokémon Go, so you don't end up downloading an app that does absolutely nothing. Netflix, meanwhile, decided that this feature is sufficient as a safety measure against screen recording, even though every root user knows how to sideload apps, thus creating this whole debate,
posted on May 20, 2017, 1:23 AM 1
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