CyanogenMod Installer Voluntarily Removed From Google Play
The official CyanogenMod Installer app that hit Google Play earlier this month has been pulled by its developers. The CyanogenMod team says that the app violates Google Play’s developer terms, and so it was voluntarily removed to adhere to Google’s rules.
“They [Google] advised us to voluntarily remove the application, or they would be forced to remove it administratively,” CyanogenMod explains in a post on their blog. “We have complied with their wishes while we wait for a more favorable resolution.”
CyanogenMod Installer didn’t really do all that much on its own; it simply helped users enable ADB, a development and debugging tool built into Android, and then guided them to the desktop installer where they could flash CyanogenMod ROMs to their device.
But Google says that the app “encourages users to void their warranty,” and therefore violates its Google Play terms.
Of course, its removal from Google Play isn’t going to stop anyone from using the app. You can still download the APK and install it manually onto your device, and CyanogenMod says they’re working to make it available through the Amazon Appstore and Samsung Apps, too.