The Google Play Store is Android’s biggest source of applications, games, books, movies and even music. Google has been kind enough to allow its users to use rooted devices, without narrowing down any access (quite the opposite, actually). Lastly, Android has always been seen as an open-source project, hence, rooting is a very common term among us geeks.
However, new leaks and builds suggest that the Google Play Store will be able to prevent rooted users from installing specific applications. Earlier this year, Netflix was unavailable to devices with unlocked bootloader, and while we thought it was a random issue, the Play Store might introduce a ‘device catalouge’, which will make it easier to block the installation of some apps on rooted devices.
While some might say this is a good thing to ensure privacy, it is completely the opposite really. You see, users who have already had the knowledge of going through the painful steps of unlocking their device’s bootloaders, and then rooting it, are obviously going to know the steps required to install a third-party application as an APK file very easily.
So, in other words, Google is kinda forcing the rooted users to become more vulnerable to cyber crime by motivating them to install their blocked apps using an APK file. In the earlier builds of Android Nougat, Google has tweaked the way certain apps like Twilight overlay the screen, and this is a gesture by Google itself that they are willing to roll out such an incremental update to the Play Store.
What are your thoughts about this leaked information? It is without a doubt that the big chain of developers will find a workaround for this in no big time, but it would still suck for the Play Store to be taking these incremental steps.