CyanogenMod app store in the works, to accommodate banned Android apps

CyanogenMod app store in the works, to accommodate banned Android apps
To launch an app store dedicated to banned Android applications – that was the idea that Koushik Dutta, a CyanogenMod contributor, threw on the table a couple of weeks ago. And did the crowd love it? You bet! The proposition has accumulated pages of positive feedback on Koush's G+ page, which is why team CyanogenMod has already rolled up its sleeves and started working on bringing the idea to life.

The CyanogenMod App Store, or whatever its final name is going to be, will be a place where emulators, visual voicemail apps, tethering software, root tools, and the likes will be available despite being thrown out of the Android Market for one reason or another. It will also have a selection of app that are tailored for use on rooted devices. And in case you are wondering, no, running CyanogenMod on your smartphone or tablet will not be a requirement for having access to the said app store. However, it will most likely come bundled along with the custom ROM.

Of course, not all of the software available in the CyanogenMod app store will be free of charge. But then again, CyanogenMod is a project with over a million followers, and none of them is required to pay anything to use the popular aftermarket ROM. At the same time, supporting it is getting tougher due to the increased server requirements, among other reasons. That is why a portion of the profit made from the aforementioned app store will go towards funding CyanogenMod.

At this time, we don't really know when the CyanogenMod app store is expected to launch, but we will definitely be keeping an eye on the project.

source: Koushik Dutta (Google+) (1) & (2) via The Verge

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22 Comments

1. Owlet

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

Excellent idea! I know I'll be shopping their.

2. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Yeah, nothing like a black market of Android apps. These apps are banned for a reason, but hey, go on ahead and turn your expensive phone into a paperweight.

3. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Funny because the same thing happens the your iPhone when you hold it.

4. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

That's why Cydia has both banned and unbanned apps from the App Store, hell they're basically all free. That's every app on iOS for free right? Might as well turn that expensive paperweight into expensive oxygen.

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you have never heard of Cydia, have you Mizzy? This is a hacker's store, not a Chinese knock off store filled with viruses. Those already exist.. for both iOS and android.

17. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

I've heard of Cydia, but unlike Android where you have to root to get to customize your phone, I don't need to do that for iPhone to enjoy it.

20. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

No... I think you have it the other way around. Unlike iOS where you have to jailbreak to get to customize your phone, I don't need to do that on Android to enjoy it. Funny thing is how majority of iOS users with Cydia get it just to get free apps, which is basically sticking it to Apple while majority of Android users who root do it in order to unlock features made by carriers which is sticking it to carriers.

22. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Is The mitz fake one anyways. Its not like he knows what's he talking about. He just trolls

5. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

This has nothing to do with Apple. But I guess you two have to find someway to justify your phones not being on par with the iPhone.

7. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Don't you get tired of being wrong? And looking dumb in front of the internet?

13. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

apparently not, gotta give him props for trying to keep up his troll image yo

16. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Wrong about what? Oh absolutely nothing.

21. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Lol do your homework kid ;) come back wen your comments are less boring

6. Son_Do

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

Maybe they should change the name to "Black Market"

8. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

i like the idea of an app store to continue the support for such a great after market solution just as long as banned apps that are harmful are not going to find this as a safe haven for nonsense.

9. rob5150

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

at&t deems they don't want a certain app available on the market for your phone. It does not show up in your market. That same exact app may be available on Verizon's or t-mobiles app store. Now with a cyanogen store you could download that app from a reliable source. Otherwise you need to find the .apk on some download site somewhere and hope it doesn't have malware inside it.

11. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

why is miz hatin' bout this?

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

because "android" was in the article.

18. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Because it's true.

14. sid8911

Posts: 54; Member since: May 29, 2010

i hope this becomes the cydia of android!

15. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

We can only hope. Cydia is the ONLY reason I miss iOS

19. sid8911

Posts: 54; Member since: May 29, 2010

if cm 9 is packing up to be this good i cant wait for cm10

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