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CyanogenMod yanked from Google Play for TOS violations

News by Andrew Kameka on Friday November 29, 2013.

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So long CyanogenMod Google Play installer, hello brouhaha over how Cyanogen Inc. will simplify the third-party ROM installation process. Though an app was added to Google Play as a means of guiding users through the steps of installing CyanogenMod (CM), the app has been voluntarily removed at Google's request.

The Cyanogen team removed its Installer app from Google Play because Google allegedly said the app violated its terms of service. The group claims that the violation is related to encouraging users to void their warranty. Cyanogen is appealing to Google to find remain in the Play Store without running afoul of its rules, so the company removed the app until the issue can be resolved.

Installer was part of the Cyanogen Inc plan to attract new users by simplifying the process of installing CM. It was made to offer an interactive guide to install software via the desktop. Though the app can still be installed manually, removal from Google Play adds another step and harms visibility and discovery options, two things that play an important role in spreading CM to a wider audience.

source: CyanogenMod, via: BGR

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