Android users often use rooting option of the operating system to customize their smartphones more. While is popular among power users, recently Netflix has started blocking rooted devices from installing the official application directly from Play Store.
Recently, the popular streaming network’s official app was listed as incompatible for rooted devices for those who were trying to download the application using a rooted or unlocked Android Smartphone. However, if you have downloaded the application previously, it will work fine. In a statement provided to Android Police, Netflix has confirmed the news.
The company said, “With our latest 5.0 release, we now fully rely on the Widevine DRM provided by Google; therefore, many devices that are not Google-certified or have been altered will no longer work with our latest app and those users will no longer see the Netflix app in the Play Store.”
If will be interesting to see if other developers follow the same route to block rooted smartphones. the as of now though, it seems that the company has blocked devices from downloading from the Play Store but you can use other methods to download and use the application as normal. Whether it makes the app completely incompatible to such devices remains to be seen.
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