After Facebook, Google too, now reads the Riot Act banning Rooted Android Devices from RCS Messaging

After Facebook, Google too, now reads the Riot Act banning Rooted Android Devices from RCS Messaging

Since the turn of the month, big tech companies have embarked on reading the riot act and further tightening their grip on their market space. We first saw Facebook ban users using the forked version of its popular messaging app, WhatsApp GB. Now, Google has followed suit by banning rooted Android devices from using its Rich Communication Services (RCS) messaging.

Why is Google Banning Rooted Android Devices?

Google claims it is protecting users from spam messages and potential abuse by banning rooted Android devices. Rooted devices can compromise banking apps and Google wallets.

And what’s a Rooted Android Devices?

A rooted device is a smartphone or tablet that has been modified to gain unrestricted access to its operating system, allowing users to make changes and access system files normally inaccessible. Rooting grants advanced control and customization, enabling users to install custom software, remove pre-installed apps, and tweak system settings. However, rooting may void warranties, compromise security, and potentially lead to unstable device operation if done improperly.

Both Google and OEMs frown upon the practice of users rooting their Android devices. Indeed it forms ground for voiding your new Android device’s manufacturer warranty. However, you might want to know why the practice is less prevalent these days compared to let’s say, a decade ago.

The RCS blockade will also affect Android users who have the bootloader unlocked. Ironically, users using rooted Android phones are reporting that their smartphones still show they are connected to RCS, but they will neither work nor show an error message. Some say that their messages disappear as soon as they hit the send button.

If you are using a rooted Android and are unaware of this latest development, you might be wondering why RCS messages are not working. Well, this is the reason. Indeed Google is out on a vendetta; punish all who dare root their Android smartphones.

Most Common Disadvantages to Rooting Your Android Device

  1. Security Risks: Rooting can expose your device to security vulnerabilities, as it bypasses built-in security measures. Malicious apps or software may gain deeper access to your device, leading to data breaches or malware infections.
  2. Voided Warranty: Rooting typically voids the warranty provided by the manufacturer or carrier. This means you may lose access to repairs, replacements, or support services for your device.
  3. Software Instability: Modifying system files and settings can destabilize the operating system, leading to crashes, freezes, or other performance issues. Incompatibility with certain apps or updates is also common.
  4. Bricking: Improper rooting procedures or incompatible software can result in “bricking” your device, rendering it unusable. Recovery from this state may require technical expertise and could result in permanent damage.
  5. Loss of Updates: Rooted devices often cannot receive over-the-air (OTA) updates from the manufacturer, meaning you may miss out on important security patches, bug fixes, or new features provided through official updates.

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Rooting Your Android Phone

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