CyanogenMod installer pulled from Play Store after two weeks

By on November 29, 2013, 10:55 AM

That didn’t last very long. It’s been roughly two weeks since CyanogenMod’s one-click installer landed on Google Play, making the alternative open-source distribution of Android much more accesible to novice users. But now Google has formally asked the developer to pull the software from its store, claiming it violates the Google Play developer terms by actively encouraging Android users to void the warranty on their devices.

CyanogenMod promptly complied -- not that they had much of a choice in the matter. Its short run on the official Android app storefront still helped with exposure and landed them "hundreds of thousands of installations”, according to the developer, and they’ll still offer the installer directly from the official CyanogenMod website. In that case users will first have to navigate to their device’s security settings and manually allow installation of apps from third party sources. This adds a short extra step to the process but the rest should be business as usual.

The app guides users to enable “ADB”, a built in development and debugging tool, and then navigates them to the desktop installer which performs the installation of the CyanogenMod on their Android device.

Whether they’ll be able to work their way back onto Google Play is unclear. Our friend Emil Protalinski at TheNextWeb dug around and believes the app was pulled over Google Play’s system interference clause, which dictates an app that makes changes to a device with a user's consent must be able to reverse those changes either within the app or by uninstalling it altogether. CyanogenMod doesn’t offer such an option.

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Cycloid Torus Cycloid Torus said:

Does a re-install of the OEM version depend on the OEM? - or is it something CyanogenMod can resolve?

1 person liked this | cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Seems reasonable! Any app available in an app store, should be able to undo any changes done to the system during installation.

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Supported Devices

crespo Google Nexus S

crespo4g Google Nexus S 4G

maguro Google Galaxy Nexus (GSM)

toro Google Galaxy Nexus (Verizon)

toroplus Google Galaxy Nexus (Sprint)

grouper Google Nexus 7 (WiFi)

tilapia Google Nexus 7 (GSM)

flo Google Nexus 7 2013 (WiFi)

mako Google Nexus 4

manta Google Nexus 10

skyrocket Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket

hercules Samsung Galaxy S II Hercules

i9100 Samsung Galaxy S II (Intl)

i9300 Samsung Galaxy S III (Intl)

d2att Samsung Galaxy S III (AT&T)

d2spr Samsung Galaxy S III (Sprint)

d2tmo Samsung Galaxy S III (T-Mobile)

d2usc Samsung Galaxy S III (US Cellular)

d2cri Samsung Galaxy S III (Cricket)

t769 Samsung Galaxy S III (T-Mobile)

jfltexx Samsung Galaxy S4 (Intl)

jfltespr Samsung Galaxy S4 (Sprint)

jfltecan Samsung Galaxy S4 (Canada)

jfltecri Samsung Galaxy S4 (Cricket)

jfltecsp Samsung Galaxy S4 (C Spire)

jfltetmo Samsung Galaxy S4 (T-Mobile)

jflteusc Samsung Galaxy S4 (US Cellular)

n7000 Samsung Galaxy Note (Intl)

quincyatt Samsung Galaxy Note (AT&T)

quincytmo Samsung Galaxy Note (T-Mobile)

t0lte Samsung Galaxy Note II (GSM LTE)

n7100 Samsung Galaxy Note II (GSM)

t0lteatt Samsung Galaxy Note II (AT&T)

t0ltetmo Samsung Galaxy Note II (T-Mobile)

l900 Samsung Galaxy Note II (Sprint)

m7ul HTC One (Unlocked)

m7tmo HTC One (T-Mobile)

m7att HTC One (AT&T)

m7spr HTC One (Sprint)

as of 2013-11-12

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