Few days earlier, it was revealed that Netflix has started to block the official app from the rooted devices. The move was criticized by users who want to add extra layer of customization to their handsets. If you are one of these users, then we have some bad news for you as other applications might be on their way to have the same functionality.
Recently, Google has given developers an option to hide their applications from rooted devices from now on with part of Google Play Console updates announced during Google I/O 2017. The new feature has found its way to the device catalog section under ‘Release Management’ Setting. If you are a developer, you can now choose which smartphones can view and install your applications from the play store. During the process, you can now exclude devices which don’t pass the SafetyNet tests or aren’t certified by Google and avoid your app being downloaded on rooted devices.
However, this doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to use the application as you can still see and install the application in other ways. If you have access to the .apk file and it doesn’t use the SafetyNet API implementations like some other popular applications, you can still install and use the app on your rooted device. Talking about the new feature, Google wrote, “SafetyNet Exclusions only restrict the availability of your app from the Play Store. Users can still install your app using the APK file directly.”
Whether or not the move have negative effects on the consumers remains to be seen but it’s highly likely that the newly implemented feature will increase annoyed customers in case you are using rooted smartphone.
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