The Motorola Xoom running Android 3.1 is the only device that has access to Google’s new Android Market movie rental service at the moment, and it seems that Google is blocking access to the movie rentals on rooted devices.
According to the guys over at Android Central, if you try to rent a movie on a rooted Android device you will get the message ‘Failed to fetch license for [movie title] (error 49)‘, and a Google support document has revealed that this message means your device has been blocked from accessing the movie rentals.
The Android Market support document give the following explanation for the error message above ‘You’ll receive this ‘Error 49″ message if you attempt to play a movie on a rooted device. Rooted devices are currently unsupported due to requirements related to copyright protection.’.
So basically this means that if you want to use the Android Market movie rental service you won’t be able to root your Android device, which many people do to get rid of the crap that is installed on their devices by mobile operators and manufacturers, or to get the latest version of Android running on their device.
It sounds like Google’s Android platform, which is supposed to be open, is becoming less open as time goes on. Take a look and our article on Android vs iPhone to see which smartphone and mobile platform is best for you.
Source Android Central
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