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CyanogenMod Installer removed from Google Play Store

CyanogenMod Inc. recently published an app on Google Play Store which assists users in installing custom ROMs on their phones using Windows PCs. Today Google asked the CM team to voluntarily remove the app from the store or they would be forced to remove it administratively. CM team chose to remove the app voluntarily.

According to CyanogenMod Google initially said that the app was in violation of Google’s Play’s developer terms. When the CM team reached out to the Play team they found that “though application itself is harmless, and not actually in violation of their Terms of Service, since it ‘encourages users to void their warranty’, it would not be allowed to remain in the store.”

Not a deal breaker
It’s not a deal breaker as Google allows people to install 3rd party apps by enabling ‘unknown sources’ option. Either way given the nature of the app – rooting your phone and installing custom ROM is not something momma and pappas would like to do – they would definitely won’t want to end up with a phone with warranty void.

The team is submitting the app to Amazon’s app store and Samsung apps store. It will be interesting to see whether it will be approved by these two players.

Users can still download the CyanogenMod Installer app from this link and install on their devices manually.

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Swapnil Bhartiya

Swapnil Bhartiya

A free software fund-a-mental-ist and Charles Bukowski fan, Swapnil also writes fiction and tries to find cracks in the paper armours of proprietary companies. Swapnil has been covering Linux and Free Software/Open Source since 2005.

19 thoughts on “CyanogenMod Installer removed from Google Play Store”

      1. You never had the freedom to get a product from a store they don’t want to carry. You do have the right to get it elsewhere, Android allows this. Google has every right to not distribute products though their store it feels might harm their users.

        1. Not selling a product in their own store for what ever reason has nothing to do with freedom. Free Software is NOT about that at all. It’s about ability to see, study, modify and redistribute code…so if a user want he can take control. Google does allow you to install apps from 3rd parties by enabling unknown feature option.

          1. Google Play is uncontrollable proprietary software with backdoors, it can’t be studied, modified or redistributed and has limitation on its use. It takes away all 4 freedoms. Please elaborate on how the user can take control without forfeiting the use of Google Play.

  1. it is strange that installing another OS could void any warranty. That should be forbidden by law. The warranty affects hardware and that has te be OK when any consumer buys it, independent of the software you use on the hardware. if software breaks, you could always flash the original ROM on the hardware again.
    Google should take geeks more seriously.

    1. Google is starting to turn evil. The people working there are blind to the horrors Google participates in. Censorship, government collusion, sending private data to the government upon request. And now comes the total and complete hardware and software lockdown. Google is a greed machine. Apple is annoying and its worse, but Google is becoming vile now as well.

      1. No it’s not. Google allows you to install 3rd party apps by enabling unknown sources. I a store doesn’t want to sell a particular product that doesn’t mean they are evil. They will become evil IFF they disable the ‘unknown sources’ feature. Google is as good as it always was.

    2. They can’t really void a warranty based on installing a new ROM. They don’t have to, however, warrant any damage installing the new ROM does to device. If in installing a new ROM image you brick your phone it’s on you. If you install a ROM and your radio dies it is still warranted.

        1. I would like to think from Google’s POV. Let’s say I am selling a device with an open source OS that I created. Now, there are other people who have written other OS for my hardware. Their software has bug which fries the wifi chip of the hardware that I tested with my OS. So, should I freely repair user’s device if they use the other OS which fries my chip? Why should I be responsible for that? I don’t really mind if someone wants to use any OS they want on my hardware but I don’t want to be responsible for if other OS breaks things. Why should I be? I would warn users that if they do so – the warrantee will be void which means I should not be help accountable for it. I think it’s fair. On the contrary I think CM should take responsibility that if their OS fries up the chip they will repair it – because the are business to – they make money from CM.

    3. It’s no different than HP or Toshiba’s warranty procedures. Let’s say I remove Windows 8 from my laptop and dual-boot Windows 7 and Linux, then have issues. Their technical support will tell me “Restore it back to the factory operating system, and if the problem persists, we can help you.” (I’ve actually ran into this issue with a laptop, which is how I know).

      1. Similar to when I was working in tech support (First job).
        We took the view that someone who knew enough about computers to use Linux, should know enough to fix their own problems (or be able to offer proof that it was our problem)
        Otherwise the talent pool required would have exceeded far beyond what should have been in a small ISP’s tech support team.

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