Published: Wed, May 17, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jose Becker

Netflix no longer available for rooted Android phones

Netflix no longer available for rooted Android phones

This change is reflected in the change log of the latest update for the Netflix app, confirming that "Version 5.0 only works with devices that are certified by Google and meet all Android requirements". The app may work just fine on rooted devices if installed already, but, if not, the users won't be able to download the app from Google Play Store. Netflix has now confirmed that it's intentionally blocking rooted and unlocked Android devices from downloading its app. Rooted devices that offer users full control over the operating system would, in all probability, also have a greater degree of possibility when it comes to overcoming the different levels of defenses put in place by the DRM.

If you've been looking for a good reason to not root your Android device, Netflix has kindly given you one.

The Image Search functionality of the Google Android app now supports filtering results by image formats and color filters. Netflix now relies on Widevine DRM technology by Google so the app must be compatible with a trusted Android device.

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The disappearance of the app from the Google Play Store will likely affect Android users who were hoping to install the app. The change, according to Netflix, is meant to make it harder for people to pirate the company's video content by using a new digital rights management platform, or DRM. Doing so will allow you to receive regular updates without having to go through the Google Play Store.

The update is ostensibly created to target piracy, especially now that Netflix offers local downloads for offline viewing on mobile devices.

"The app still runs its latest version on rooted devices but this new move could indicate stricter measures in future". That can make issues - on the off chance that you have a gadget with an opened boot loader, you may be denied simple access to Netflix regardless of the possibility that you're utilizing untouched, secure firmware.

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