Google Videos app hacked, movie streaming now available for rooted Android devices
The app lets root users running Android 2.2 and above watch movies rented from the Android Market
Ever since the Android Market movie rental service launched back in May, one of the biggest gripes from Android users has been that rooted devices were not supported. As someone who has a rooted phone and tablet, I certainly felt the pain.
Now, however, thanks to the good folks over SDX-Developers, that pain for me and others is no more. That's right friends, the official Google Videos app for Android which allows for movie streaming has been modified and is now available for rooted Android devices runnng Android 2.2 and above.
Overall, the hack makes it so the Videos application bypasses the root & tamper checks. The modification doesn't affect the actual DRM licensing, and will still generate a proper movie license key. Besides this, however, everything else is the same as the regular app. You pay and you rent.
So far, quite a bit of success have been reported over at SDX-Develpers, as well as XDA-Developers. The modified seems to be working great on rooted Android 2.2 and 2.3 phones. I can confirm this myself as I have had it working on three separate Android phones here with me now.
Finally, does it work on tablets? People are reporting varying degrees of sucess, but all signs point to yes. It definitely works on my fiance's rooted Asus Transformer and the developer who modified the app says it should work on all tablets. I can't really confirm though at this point. Give it a spin!
To get your download on, head on over to SDX-Developers to download the modified apk file.
Enjoy it, while it lasts that is.