Google Play Services to Block Rooted Android Users

Earlier last month, Netflix blocked users who are using
rooted android devices from accessing their app and a lot of people where furious
about it. Though people root their devices in order to be able to access some
extra features and claim full ownership of their devices… but personally, its
been a while I use a rooted Android phone because everything I need is right at
my finger tip.

Here is the latest development which sounds like bad news. Google’s
latest update
to the Google Play Console, as updated during Google IO 2017,
includes a Safety Net toggle. This toggle is one of many which give developers
a very simple way of allowing some features to be compatible with the apps they
make, and others to be kicked from the pack.
As Google suggests in their Android Developersdocumentation, “SafetyNet provides a set
of services and APIs that help protect your app against security threats,
including device tampering, bad URLs, potentially harmful apps, and fake
Safety Net Attestation checks
for the following Device Status markers:

1. Certified, genuine device that passes CTS
2. Certified device with unlocked bootloader
3. Genuine but un-certified device, such as when the manufacturer doesn’t apply
for certification
4. Device with custom ROM (not rooted)
5. Emulator
6. No device (protocol emulator script)
7. Signs of system integrity compromise, such as rooting
8. Signs of other active attacks, such as API hooking
In order words, if your Android device is rooted, or an
emulator, has an unlocked bootloader, or half a dozen other similar, related elements
– it will automatically fail the integrity test.
You won’t be able to access
some major apps from the playstore except otherwise sideloaded.
In short, if you are using a custom rom, you are not
excluded. The good news is , you can always download apps from third party site
and sideload it to your device. 
What do you think about this latest development?
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