Google Movies Blocked (error 49): The Reason – Rooted Devices

For all of you who have been following our articles on different Android devices being rooted and overclocked we have a little bit of news for you that may not necessarily be seen as good or perhaps it will be met with “I don’t care, I use torrents.”

If you have a Motorola Xoom that’s been overclocked, a Samsung Galaxy S II running at 1.5GHz or perhaps a Nexus S running at 1.4GHz then you might have noticed that Google Movies has been blocked, the reasoning behind it is Google has blocked movies for rooted devices.

This is a service that was launched not so long ago where Matt Tran has written an article saying that Google were offering movie rentals on Android phones and tablets but now that only stands true if you have a standard, untouched un-tinkered device. We first learned of this through Tyler Miller over on Phandroid where he is displaying the error message from the Android Market and much the same as we are is predicting a workaround from the XDA forums.

Another source reporting their theories on why Google has gone ahead with blocking this is electronista.com where they are saying that it’s a little ironic for Google to call themselves ‘open’ if they block such activities. Surely this is a good move in the eyes of Google who are perhaps trying to prevent the fragmentation of the OS as it is becoming increasingly difficult for app developers to make apps to go across all platforms.

Why do you think Google has blocked this service for rooted devices? Let us know in the comments section below.