Although Apple’s App Store still leads the way when it comes to numbers, Google’s online content portal is now teaming with content including books, music, apps, and videos. Given its vast array of content, it was recently renamed the Google Play Store, ditching the old Android Market moniker in a move said to better reflect what it has to offer.
Unfortunately for residents of some particular regions, content can be restricted, meaning full access to the multitude of goodies is watered down. Like most Android-based issues, there’s usually somebody down at RootzWiki or XDA Developers looking for an antidote, and this time around, it’s a member of the latter, kishankpadiyar, who has come through with a great solution for those finding their Google Play Store app obscures some of the content available.
There are, as usual, a few conditions attached. Firstly, your device must be rooted, and running Play Store version 3.7.11 or 3.7.13. The process involves downloading an app called MarketEnabler, and you’ll need to grab DROIDvpn from the Play Store, but after that, you’re good to go. The steps and further information can be found over at the original XDA thread, where the users are happy to help out with any queries you may have.
Region-imposed blocks are a thorn in the side of many techies. Particularly irritating when trying to view a YouTube clip or Hulu video, the restrictions prevent content from being viewed. There are various reasons why the blocks are put in place, usually related to costs, licensing, and copyright, and the Google Play Store isn’t exempt from those.
Hopefully, those having problems accessing certain areas of the Google Play Store will not be having any more issues thanks to the fix, and although it is root only, I’d suspect many of you reading here at Redmond Pie regularly like to root your smartphones and tablet.
Rooted devices offer infinitely more options, allowing one to really unlock the potential of one’s device. I could digress into great detail with regards to the benefits of rooting, but they’ve already been discussed to the nth degree by my colleague.
Needless to say, it’s certainly a worthwhile pursuit.