Got a rooted device? No Netflix from Play Store for you


There are quite a few reasons to root your Android smartphone, such as gaining more granular control over customisations, removing bloatware or even overclocking/underclocking your processor.

This will come at a price though, as Netflix has confirmed reports that rooted devices can’t download the app from the Play Store anymore.

In response to a Gearburn query, the streaming provider said that changes to its multimedia underpinnings forced it to take this route.

“With our latest 5.0 release, we now fully rely on multimedia enablers provided by Google services; 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,” the company explained.

It might not be available to rooted devices via the Play Store, but it appears that the latest version of the Netflix app can be downloaded from third party sources, XDA reported.

Speaking of the Netflix app, mobile HDR is coming to the LG G6 (review) via the version 5.0 release. Unfortunately, those with a Samsung Galaxy S8 are out of luck for now.



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