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Hey, NFL Mobile developers. We need to talk. I'm glad you decided to drop the yearly re-title from your app - that's one less thing you'll have to do every summer. But the number after three is four. Four. The one right before five. Now I know decimals can be tricky, but I honestly have no idea what caused you to jump from app version 3.7 to 8.0.26 - next time, show your work.

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Granted, there's a lot of new stuff in this version of the app. The entire thing has been redesigned as the publisher shifts from Verizon to the NFL proper, starting with a new user interface and video options focused on the NFL Network. You'll still need to be a Verizon smartphone user with the extra subscription option to view games on Sunday and Thursday, or use a tablet and subscribe to one of the NFL's cable/internet partners. Bummer. A few extra bells and whistles, like a team-specific tracking function, are thrown in as well.


But the biggest change is that NFL Mobile will now actively block root users. This is presumably to keep evil hackers from capturing and rebroadcasting live video (because that's just downright impossible with plain-Jane cable equipment, right?). The block isn't just for video broadcasts, mind you - root users are blocked from even opening the app. As you might suspect, a lot of users (presumably including paying Verizon/cable customers) are not happy.


There are other teething troubles for the newly redesigned app, including download issues and some errors with the root check function. Thanks for keeping up the standard of excellence, guys.

What's New

The redesigned NFL Mobile app includes all-new features that bring more football to your Android smartphone and tablet:

VIDEO ON DEMAND- Expanded video content and game highlights let you see more of the action

FOLLOW YOUR FAVORITE TEAM - Custom alerts from your favorite team updates you on highlights, game start time, injuries, entry into the red zone, and scoring plays

SessionM - mPOINTS were removed but can be redeemed via other SessionM applications. Visit http://getmpoints.com/

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Gnex

    Verizon could at least have the decency to automatically uninstall it after you root your phone. Oh well.

    • PamelaLibrarian

      Are you saying you it won't let you uninstall it?

      • Gnex

        It comes preinstalled on most VZW phones and cannot be uninstalled. It qualifies as bloatware, IMO.

        • PamelaLibrarian

          Oh gosh, I'm sorry. Since using the N4, I had forgotten about bloatware. :)
          But surely if someone roots a phone, they can then get rid of the bloatware, right?

          • Gnex

            Haha exactly. I've got a Galaxy Nexus and don't watch football, so it's not an issue for me!

          • SickoPsycho

            Yeah- titanium or any other poweruser backup utility will allow you to uninstall "system" apps- assuming you have root.

          • Chronus719

            I don't want to hear an American user complain about bloatware ever again. I thought the 4-8 apps that AT&T and Verizon usually install was bad. I have no less than 30 bloatware apps on my AU by KDDI phone in Japan, no lie.

        • Simon Belmont

          Or you could, you know, just disable the apps. It doesn't uninstall them, but it makes them non-visible to you. ;)

          Out of sight, out of mind, and so forth. I'm a GSM G'Nex user, so I don't even have to do that. :)

  • true jaguars fan

    This is not cool at all smh

  • yahyoh
  • mitchsurp

    Guess I'm unrooting for the season.

  • Joe

    Thanks Jeremiah and AP for posting a story on this. Really hoping that somehow the xda community comes up with a workaround for this in the coming weeks...

    • Joe

      But on the plus side, I'm glad I've got both the Madden 25 Special Edition (w/full online Sunday Ticket access) plus my Chromecast :) Should make for a killer combination for those games that aren't broadcast in my area.

  • http://about.me/sarmedsiddique Sarmed Siddique

    No root? Wtf is that?

  • Rob Sheppard

    You never know, versions 4, 5, 6 and 7 may have sucked so badly they never saw the light of day...

    • mesmorino

      Versions 4, 5, 6 and 7 are like the Null Arcs, or the Carson GT Nighthawk. Just too damn gangsta for this world.

  • cheeto0

    Whats the logic behind this? its a free app and to get the premium services u have to login. Not asking for a defense of their action but would are they trying to protect from?

  • Melvin

    Too many concussions.

  • GiantJay

    It also blocks jailbroken iOS devices.


    Hmmm, so bank apps work on rooted phones, but I can't check NFL scores? Good riddance!

  • MikeJwF

    Too bad you can't revoke the app's permission to check for root.

    • Alan Bowker

      I think SuperSU gives you an option to temporarily unroot, but I shouldn't have to do that for an app.

  • Simon Belmont

    Aren't there apps out there that let you temporarily unroot at the click of a button? I'd give one of those a try and see if it will work.

    Here you go: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.projectvoodoo.otarootkeeper&hl=en . Though, it doesn't have Android 4.3 support yet. Hope this helps.

  • C Nexus