Widevine L1: Everything You Need to Know About This Certification
Hello friends, In this post I will talk about Widevine L1 Security and why is this important for your device. We think much before buying a smartphone. Every month a new smartphone is launched if we talk about Android which is currently dominating smartphone segment. Sometimes, we even save money for months to buy a perfect smartphone for us. Every one of us who is planning to buy new smartphone is curious about new feature that may come in phone which is about to launch. At that time, it may disappoint anyone if they don’t even get chance to play HD content online just because of something important missing in their new smartphone.
It was really shocking to see that earlier Oneplus 5T and now Xiaomi Poco F1 lacks Widevine L1 support which is necessary for HD streaming. It’s an obvious thing that nobody want to have a phone after spending INR 30k or more if they can’t even play HD content online.
What is Widevine L1 Certification?
Many premium services are protected by some means of management. Same way, HD streaming on different platforms are protected to avoid copying and illegal redistribution of HD video files. Although, Android OS is free to use but it requires acceptance to several certifications which secure the device and privacy. One of the certifications is for DRM (Digital Right Management). Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and many others use Google’s Widevine DRM platform to make sure the devices are secure from piracy.
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If any smartphone doesn’t get certification from Widevine DRM then, streaming provider won’t allow that device to play premium HD content to prevent piracy of videos. Widevine DRM protect the content on the device by setting security standards. Currently Widevine is protecting content using three security standards named L1, L2 & L3. If you want to play full HD content then your device needs to be certified with complete L1 certification.
How Does Widevine Work?
Well, that’s very interesting thing to know if you’re really worried about streaming HD content on your smartphone. Basically, Widevine setup certification to protect content over internet by implementing necessary industry standards for content streaming on the device. It uses CENC encryption, licensing key exchange to manage and stream video at user end. It lowers the typical work and makes it simple for service provider (Netflix, Hulu etc) and support multiple level of streaming quality & separating those by different standard certifications for the device.
Depending upon the hardware and software configuration, Android devices supports L1 or L3 security levels. If you device support Widevine L3 only then you will be able to play only Sub-HD resolutions video or less. Only the device with Widevine L1 are able to play Full HD resolutions. The most interesting thing is that Widevine doesn’t charge a single penny as license fee for its certification. Still, it is unpredictable why manufacturers don’t implement this in their smartphones.
What Can We Do for This?
Although, there are no charges to implement this technology in smartphones, still many manufacturers are yet to use it in big smartphones like Pocofone F1 etc. The manufacturers only need to pass a certification process to implement Widevine L1 security support. To do so, they need to implement some software libraries and accept legal agreements. All the process is so simple that all processors which are currently being used in Android smartphones are capable of this technology still if the manufacturers avoid this then this will only be the wonder or their lack of testing time.
How to check if your device support Widevine L1 security level?
Well, if you have purchased the smartphone of your choice without knowing about this issue and it is bothering you now. You can simply check if your phone support this security or not. To do so, you need to visit Play Store and install an app called “DRM info”. Install the app and open it, when you scroll down a bit you will see all information about your device.
Widevine L1 Supported Device
There are a lot of devices which are yet to support Widevine L1 security level. It will surprise you that even many of the high-end devices doesn’t have HD streaming feature. Below is a list of some popular smartphones which are yet to support HD streaming.
Not just these devices there are many of the devices out there which support and doesn’t support Full HD Streaming online. You can check complete list of supported platforms here. If you have already got the device that doesn’t support Widevine L1 Security level then, you need to change your device or wait for your manufacturer to do something with it. Because it is really not a good idea to spend more than 300USD and still you’re not able to stream HD content.