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You can buy the Pocophone F1 in the US, but you probably shouldn’t

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Xiaomi is a huge smartphone maker in many parts of the world, but not in the US. When the company announced its Pocophone sub-brand, there was some hope it could come to American shores. That doesn't appear to be the case, at least not officially. You can already purchase the Pocophone F1 from several US eBay sellers, but there are a few things to know before you do.

The Pocophone F1 does indeed have top-of-the-line specs.

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You can buy the Pocophone F1 in the US, but you probably shouldn't was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Pocophone F1 lacks support for Widevine L1, HD playback in Netflix and other apps don’t work

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Xiaomi's Pocophone F1 has already made waves in the smartphone industry for being incredibly affordable; a ~$300 phone with a Snapdragon 845 processor is virtually unheard of. Budget phones are inherently going to have some tradeoffs, and a less-obvious one has been discovered: lack of support for Widevine L1 DRM.

Android supports a wide range of DRM modules, including ClearKey, Widevine, Microsoft Playready, and others. Widevine is by far the most popular method, and there are multiple levels; L1 means a device has full Widevine support, while L3 means only partial compatibility.

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Pocophone F1 lacks support for Widevine L1, HD playback in Netflix and other apps don't work was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The Play Store’s new ‘app signatures’ aren’t DRM, and sideloading isn’t in danger

Monday, June 25th, 2018

Earlier this month, Google announced that it would start adding metadata to applications downloaded from the Play Store. The metadata serves as proof that an APK originated from the Play Store, allowing devices to verify that the app hasn't been tampered with. However, there is a growing misconception that this is a form of DRM (Digital Rights Management), which simply isn't true.

In many parts of the world, technology is advancing faster than the infrastructure that supports it.

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The Play Store's new 'app signatures' aren't DRM, and sideloading isn't in danger was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

OnePlus updating its 5 and 5T to play HD Netflix, but you have to send your phone back to get it

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

OnePlus' phones are a great value, but they've each individually had a few drawbacks. One negative they all had in common, though, was a DRM deficiency. None of the company's handsets supported the correct DRM level required for HD playback in Netflix. Distress on the subject came to a head late last year, and OnePlus surprisingly announced that it would add the feature in the future. In a comment on OnePlus' forums today the company confirmed that it was now able to update handsets to support it, but the process will require that you send the phone back to OnePlus for the update. 

The deficiency stems from OnePlus' failure to perform the steps required to reach the L1 security level in Google's Widevine DRM, which is required by Netflix for HD playback.

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OnePlus updating its 5 and 5T to play HD Netflix, but you have to send your phone back to get it was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

OnePlus 5 and 5T can’t play Netflix in HD, but the feature will be added at some point

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

The OnePlus 5T is one of our favorite phones at AP. It's a fantastic value, improving on its predecessor without costing a whole lot more. But there is still one unfortunate disadvantage to using one. Like OnePlus' older phones, it doesn't support the correct DRM level for HD playback on services such as Netflix. But OnePlus has promised us that this will be corrected in the future for the OnePlus 5 and 5T. 

We first learned about the DRM deficiency a bit over two weeks ago (when I got mine and checked the DRM level), and we immediately reached out to OnePlus for more information.

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OnePlus 5 and 5T can't play Netflix in HD, but the feature will be added at some point was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Netflix is suddenly reappearing on the Play Store for some previously banished modified devices

Friday, October 13th, 2017

This May, Netflix started blocking rooted and unlocked devices from downloading the company's app on Google Play. It was an unfortunate restriction that locked out many people and stirred up a lot of anger. Over the last week, some of us at AP have started noticing the app reappearing, even though our devices still don't pass SafetyNet/Google Play device certification.

Not all of us are seeing the Netflix app return. My own bootloader-unlocked Pixel XL still adamantly refuses to show the app listing, but Artem's is more than happy to oblige.

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Netflix is suddenly reappearing on the Play Store for some previously banished modified devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Netflix confirms it is blocking rooted/unlocked devices, app itself is still working (for now)

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Earlier today, Netflix started showing up as 'incompatible' on the Play Store for rooted and unlocked Android devices. However, the app itself continued to work fine, leading some (including myself) to think it could have been an accident. However, Netflix has now confirmed to us that blocking modified devices from downloading the app was intentional.

This is the full statement:

With our latest 5.0 release, we now fully rely on the Widevine DRM provided by Google; 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.

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Netflix confirms it is blocking rooted/unlocked devices, app itself is still working (for now) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Netflix confirms it is blocking rooted/unlocked devices, app itself is still working (for now)

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Earlier today, Netflix started showing up as 'incompatible' on the Play Store for rooted and unlocked Android devices. However, the app itself continued to work fine, leading some (including myself) to think it could have been an accident. However, Netflix has now confirmed to us that blocking modified devices from downloading the app was intentional.

This is the full statement:

With our latest 5.0 release, we now fully rely on the Widevine DRM provided by Google; 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.

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Netflix confirms it is blocking rooted/unlocked devices, app itself is still working (for now) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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