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CyanogenMod Installer voluntarily removed from Google Play at Google's request

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CyanogenMod Installer voluntarily removed from Google Play at Google's request
We probably should have assumed it was only a matter of time, but the CyanogenMod Installer has been removed from the Google Play Store. Unfortunately, it's a bit hard to understand the exact reason. What we do know is that Google contacted Cyanogen and asked that it voluntarily remove the app from the Play Store, and Cyanogen has complied with the request.

In the blog post concerning the removal, Cyanogen originally said that the request was made because the app was in violation of the developer terms of service, but it was then updated to reflect that that was a "mischaracterization of Google’s statement." But, no actual reason was given. However, there are theories that the app was removed for violating the interference clause, which states that even voluntary changes made by an app must be easily reversed by uninstalling the app.

Cyanogen has said that the app has been submitted to both the Amazon Appstore and the Samsung app store, and you can always sideload the app if you want. Of course, at the time of this writing, the app was still available in Google Play, so if you really want it there are plenty of ways to get it. 

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posted on 27 Nov 2013, 18:28 3

1. alltechinside (Posts: 234; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


That sucks.This has tons of potential. Hope cyanogen doesn't quit.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 19:23 5

2. quesoesgrande (Posts: 214; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


It has too much potential. I've been amazed by the amount of idiots using this to flash cyanogen and then deciding they don't like it. When they realize they have no idea how to get back to stock, they come cry about it on the Android subreddit.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 20:00 1

4. Finalflash (Posts: 1113; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


lol yes well that forum is there for Android help and who needs more help than those poor saps.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 02:18

8. TheOldOne (Posts: 51; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


not sure if you used this, but I gave it a try last week and updated a Galaxy Nexus to CM10.2. I can tell you the .apk do NOTHING whatsoever, apart from prompting you what settings to make in order to allow the Windows side application to do the job.

The acctually upgrade is still done from your computer, is just that you don't have to worry about downloading the ROM, installing phone drivers, run fastboot/adb - all there are done by window application, in the background while you enable the debug mode on the phone.

I'm not sure, I didn't tried, but I believe is possible to upgrade the CM in this way, even without installing the .apk in the first place.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 21:05

5. PBXtech (Posts: 618; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Cyanogen didn't get where he's at because of an app on the Play store. He'll do fine and people who really know what modding a phone entails will seek it out and find it, no matter where it's posted.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 19:51

3. mturby (Posts: 145; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


get the heck out of the playstore! we don't need +android.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 23:15 1

6. VZWuser76 (Posts: 985; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Actually, a number of websites are reporting a reason given. Use of the app requires you to void the phone's warranty (rooting), and apparently nothing in the play store can be illegal or void warranties. Simple as that.

Apps that require root are okay, because by that time you've already voided the warranty, but apps to gain root are a no go in the play store.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 01:56

7. JakeLee (Posts: 372; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


Woodshop must be so sad...

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 04:44 1

9. joaolx (Posts: 333; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I thought Google and Android were supposed to be open, as in free to do what you want with your phone.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 07:56

13. TylerGrunter (Posts: 780; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Android is free, the play store isn't, as simple as that. Don't confuse the Google products (or as Michael H. calls them the Google Android) with Android itslef.
You are still free to root and void your garanty, but you can't do it via the play store.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 07:21

10. philfoster (Posts: 34; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)


Shi**. too bad for newbie.. but still the same for pro hacker... or developers

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 07:21

11. philfoster (Posts: 34; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)


Shi**. too bad for newbie.. but still the same for pro hacker... or developers

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 07:24

12. philfoster (Posts: 34; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)


Shi**. too bad for newbie.. but still the same for pro hacker... or developers

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 14:12

14. machello (Posts: 23; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Just go and buy an iphone 5S.

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