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Coupled with the Market update that was announced and subsequently leaked earlier today, Google released a new version of the Videos app, previously available only on certain tablets. Because the new Android Market adds support for movies, among other things, the much needed update to Videos opens up access to devices running Android 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread).

Now to some bad news: as suspected, if you are using a rooted device, you will be able to run the Videos app but won't be able to play any content through it. Paranoid Google is paranoid, some meme lovers would say.

It's interesting to point out that if you don't install the Videos app, the new Market will simply redirect you to YouTube in your browser when you press My Movies. Once you install the Videos app, My Movies jumps directly into the app. Nifty.

I'm going to leave this warning here: do not purchase movies if you're rooted, as your purchase will actually go through, and your credit card will be charged, yet you will be greeted with this screen:

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Tip: If you want to request a refund for a movie you purchased that refuses to play, head over to the form on this page.

Considering the amount of rooted devices and Google's overall friendliness towards rooting, I'm curious how long it'll take them to figure out a way to take our money. I hope the answer is "soon," because the flood gates are now open, and thousands of enraged Android fans are reaching for their pitchforks.

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • godsfilth

    i give it less than a week before not only is there a patch that will resolve this issue but it will be rolled into CM nightlies and and other major roms

  • richardyarrell

    Everyone will have their chance that's forsure.

  • Sean

    Jeesh, it says "This app is incompatible with all of your devices." I have 3...Incredible, Evo 4G, and Evo 3D. What a heap!!

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Worked for me on the EVO 4G no problem.

  • amanda

    I have the thunderbolt unrooted and I love that I can watch movies :)

    • Adam

      I still fail to see the allure of watching a movie (or any video longer than 15 minutes) on a smartphone screen. It just seems so silly to me. Of course, that's just my opinion. The myriad of great benefits of rooting far, far outweigh the ability to watch a movie on a relatively tiny screen.

      • PacoBell

        There are devices (i.e. Evo 4G, Droid Charge, etc.) that can output 720p/1080p via HDMI. That effectively makes the content available to any sized screen, not just the built-in one.

        • Adam

          A very valid point. And I'll concede that even though the number of devices that can do this relative to the total # of devices out there that can use this new market is VERY small, this feature will likely become more prevalent. So in that light, there will one day be a reason for me to rent a movie from the market via my phone.

  • Noah Bimrose

    Not working on my LG optimus, guess your phone needs a little pep as well as 2.2 or up.

  • scuttlefield

    It says that its incompatible with my Nexus S. Hmmm....

  • drewskee

    Works on my 4G too.

  • Samir Shah

    Not available for download in Australia. This sucks!

  • jeff

    i can't get the new market... which really infuriates me. i have the droid x, which has freaking gingerbread... it's NOT rooted... and i can't get the videos app. i still have the old android market. it won't update automatically, no matter how long i leave it on, and i can't manually update it. ridiculous!

    • androidsapien

      go over to droid-life.com and download the .apk directly and install. worked on my X no problem.

  • bigchi

    Not compatible with your device, Mytouoch 4g Stock

  • http://techotrack.com Venu

    Worked on my Xperia :)

  • Adam

    I still fail to see the allure of watching a movie (or any video longer than 15 minutes) on a smartphone screen. It just seems so silly to me. Of course, that's just my opinion. The myriad of great benefits of rooting far, far outweigh the ability to watch a movie on a relatively tiny screen.
    Y'all enjoy your eyestrain.

    • Artem

      Right, obviously not at home but at a gym or on the road.

      • Adam

        Perhaps...I can see why some would want to do this (although at the gym, I need music, not movies, to motivate me, but again, that's just me).
        To each his own, I guess. Like I said, I'll watch short videos, but I can't fathom the thought of watching an entire flick on a phone screen.

        • montgoss

          I actually used one of the original iPod videos at the gym back in the day. That screen is about 1/2 to 1/3 the size of the screen on my Atrix.
          When doing some cardio like on a treadmill or a bike, I find a movie/TV episode to be a great distraction. If I watch an episode of TV, I can just use that as my timer. Can't stop running until the credits roll!

  • walid

    works great with rooted my touch slide 3g

  • montgoss

    Anyone else tempted to rent one movie just so you can validly fill out that form and complain about lack of support on a rooted device?
    I'm on AT&T. You can't do the most basic of things (like sideload) without rooting...

    It annoys me that they don't support rooted devices, since it's so common and often necessary. But the ridiculous pricing and rental scheme annoys me more. I don't want them thinking I'd actually rent movies for $4 even if they did support all devices... So, guess I'll just mock them over here on the sidelines.

  • Uncle_Rico

    unable to download, tried both WiFi and 3G, starts to down load, then goes back to the "Install" page... ?! If i try to download/install from market Web, it says it's downloaded to phone and displays as "Installed" on web page, but I see the "download" icon in the Notification bar.. then it stops..?! :/

  • Steve

    I can see it in the market, but it will not download or install on Samsung Droid Charge. Anyone else having this issue?

  • Rserda

    yep.. same thing.. keeps cycling through.. "download"... "accept and install"... then goes back to the beginning... ugh!!! I probably will not rent from Google anyways... TOO EXPENSIVE!! got netflix going.. HBO go.. U-Verse mobile and tv.com.. I'm good for streaming content for now... and it's FREE!

  • karl

    Says my HTC Deidre HD in not compatible :/ its rooted too. Is there a way round this yet? I have the new market but its missing the videos tab under book.