[4.1.0] Android apps crash when DRM/Widevine is used

REPRODUCIBILITY: 100%
BUILD ID: 4.1.0.24
HARDWARE: XA2
UI LANGUAGE: EN
REGRESSION: yes; worked in 4.0 and earlier

DESCRIPTION:

Since 4.1.0, whenever I use an Android app which (tries to) use the platform’s Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), the app crashes. AFAIK, the Android DRM is Widevine, which is build in in Google Play Services, which of course I don’t have. The Netflix app, of which I use an ancient version (v4.15.1, version code 14947) because that one at least worked without requiring DRM, now simply crashes on start-up. Worse, Firefox also crashes whenever I encounter a page with DRM. That can be as little as some embedded soundcloud widget.

PRECONDITIONS:

  • Android support installed

STEPS TO REPRODUCE:

  1. Install Firefox
  2. Navigate to NOS Journaal gemist? Start met kijken op NPO Start (Journal of Dutch public broadcasting)

EXPECTED RESULT:

Video doesn’t play, because of DRM not available (WHY does that require DRM?!), but otherwise no issues.

ACTUAL RESULT:

The browser tab (process) crashes.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Using Aurora store, from f-droid, you can install aforementioned version of Netflix from the play store, via “manual download” using code 14947. I you don’t even need an account, as it crashes on start even after a clean install.

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I can confirm the behavior. The old Netflix app with the version number v4.15.1 worked without any problems until sailfish update 4.1. Now it crashes right after the start. Is there a way to fix the problem? Or is it foreseeable that the old or even newer Netflix versions will work with Sailfish? Or at least via the browser?

i am also experiencing this can someone please help us

I also am facing this issue ,particularly with netflix

Same problem, hope Jolla will fix it with the next update.

Guys this has been fixed with the 4.2 update