Back in May Google released a Video app allowing Android users the ability to rent movies on their devices, some of us that is. It was quickly discovered that those of us with rooted devices were prevented from using the service, receiving only an obscure error shown here. When we covered this shocking news in May, we were sure that Android’s ingenious developer community would have a workaround for the rest of us soon. Fast forward to mid-August. Ften of SDX Developers has successfully modified the Videos apk to bypass the root and tamper checks. What’s more is that the fix will patch both the standalone videos app as well as the market’s newly integrated video section.
Ften stresses that:
“This bypass doesn’t affect the actual DRM licensing, it will still generate a proper license key, you will still be limited to the normal viewing times, you will still have to pay to rent movies, etc. Don’t ask, because it’s not happening. It just bypasses/disabled the root check.”
Great job by Ften in that regard! Google and the MPAA need to know that “root” doesn’t equal “pirate.”
The apk has been specifically tested on both 2.2 and 2.3 devices including Moment, Optimus, Droid Incredible, Thunderbolt, Xoom, Transform, Nook (CM7), & G1 (CM7). It should work on any rooted device however.
Ften elaborates in detail just how the fix was produced so if you’re interested be sure to check out the source link.
Otherwise here are the download mirrors