Recently, Google has changed its policy on Google Play thereby preventing users with rooted device from downloading apps from Google’s official storefront.
This news came to light when user with root access or permission tried to download the new update for Netflix which rolled out on Google Play few days ago but unable to download because of the change in Google Policy and since I’v rooted my Android, i decided to try things out to see for myself only to discover i can’t download the new updated Netflix app from Google play store and what i saw was “Your device isn’t compatible with this version”. If you have rooted your device, then you’ll likely find this message “Incompatible” on Google Play, with updated changelog stating that: “version 5.0 only works with devices that are certified by Google and meet all Android requirements”.
With this new development, it can be said that more apps may join the ranks of Netflix in time come. The new Device catalog also allow developers to choose whether their apps should be accessible to root users directly from Google Play or not.
There is no need to panic or worry as you will be pleased to hear that these restrictions won’t necessarily prevent apps from working on your devices, it simply means rooted device won’t have access to apps from Google Play. There are also several 3rd party stores and also sites where you can easily download your needed app on your rooted device.
Although these changes to the platform are sure to annoy some people including me but i believe they are being made with security improvements in mind but unfortunately, they may also negatively affect Android OEMs who are not using Google’s certification.