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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.

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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.

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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