Will Verduzco · Nov 27, 2013 at 10:00 pm

CyanogenMod Installer Pulled from Play Store, Lives On in Open Source Glory

Not too long ago, we talked about the CyanogenMod Installer. For those who don’t remember, the CM Installer basically served as the easiest and most efficient way to install CyanogenMod onto your device. While most of our readers are more than capable of installing aftermarket firmwares the old fashioned way, the CM Installer was primarily aimed at users who want as easy of an experience as possible.

At first, the CM Installer was freely available on the Google Play Store. Now, however, Google has notified the CM team that their app was in violation of Google Play’s developer terms. As such, the CM team voluntarily removed the app for the time being, while a more favorable solution is reached. Thus far, it appears as if the underlying cause is that it “encourages users to void their warranty.”

But naturally, this can’t stop the community. For starters, you could always just sideload it onto your device and install it like any other APK. To do so, just head over to the official CyanogenMod website to download the APK and the CM Installer Wiki to learn more about supported devices. Alternatively, you could even build it yourself by downloading its source code over on GitHub.

What are your thoughts on this removal and Google’s app removal policies in general? To us, Google’s stated reasoning (encouraging users to void their warranty) seems perhaps a bit too subjective. However, we hope that with sufficient disclaimers, the app will once again be allowed in the Play Store.

[Source: CyanogenMod Blog]


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