Google removes ROM Manager over violation of developer agreement

Google has removed Koushik Dutta’s ROM Manager from the Play Store. Google said the the app was in violation of ‘paid & free’ provision of the Content Policy and section 3.3 of the Developer Distribution Agreement.

Google had given Koush 6 week’s time to fix the issues before it would be removed from the store. But Koushik says that they removed the app while there were 2 more weeks left.

Google uses Payment Processor for apps which are being sold through Google Play Store. Google, like any other store, seeks a cut from sales in return of giving a ‘shelf’ on their store for the developer to sell the apps.

Some developers user alternate methods like PayPal to cut Google out of revenues. It’s more like a company sells it’s products through Target store but instead of processing the payment through Target’s sales counter use alternate method which deprives the store from earning through the product.

Koush is a lead developer with CyanogenMOD which offer custom ROMs based on the Android source code that Google release for the developer community. CyanogenMod recently formed a company around CM.

About 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.

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