The Google Play Store has listed the Netflix app for Android as incompatible for rooted and unlocked smartphones and other devices, Android Police reported. In a more permanent change, Netflix is now restricting the installation of its Android app to non-rooted devices.
Since quite a few devices these days come with an unlocked bootloader from the factory - to give users greater control over their phones - this move by Netflix won't be appreciated by users affected due to bootloader issues.
However, we would suggest our readers get their Android devices running on verified versions of Android if their phones are rooted. For instance, some users might want to remove the Samsung TouchWiz apps, which can only be done by rooting or unlocking the phone.More news: Veteran Mexican journalist Javier Valdez is killed
As Netflix has allowed downloading some TV shows, the concern of piracy has gripped the industry.
There are plenty of good reasons to root your Android phone or tablet, from removing pre-installed bloatware to speeding up your device, but Netflix just made the decision a bit more hard.
The Netflix app can be downloaded from the Play Store only on phones that fully comply with the security requirement prescribed by Android. A lot of people do it to gain access to more settings than the average users. Grabbing apps like this outside of the Play Store isn't very tricky from sites like APKMirror. This technology provides one of three security levels for each device, depending on which processes run in the Trusted Execution Environment (TEE), reports Deccan Chronicle. Because Netflix has removed the download at Google Play for rooted devices.More news: It is Time to End the Israeli Occupation, Says Palestinian President
"The app still runs its latest version on rooted devices but this new move could indicate stricter measures in future". Form 5.0 of the Netflix application now inclines completely on Google's Widevine computerized rights administration to avert robbery, so it needs to regard those altered gadgets as inconsistent.
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