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 submission page for the CyanogenMod app store
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.