Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Nov 2013 23:23 UTC, submitted by Hiev

Google has asked the CyanogenMod team to remove their installer application from the Google Play Store. All the application did was help users enable ADB on their Android device, so that the desktop side of the installer could take over and load the CM ROM onto the device.

After reaching out to the Play team, their feedback was that though application itself is harmless, and not actually in violation of their Terms of Service, since it 'encourages users to void their warranty', it would not be allowed to remain in the store.

While Google does have somewhat of a point - somewhat, somewhere, hidden deep inside - this is just entirely needless. I'm probably overly paranoid, but what are the chances that Samsung Google's OEM partners applied some pressure? CM is insanely popular, and once you have a taste of proper, crapware, TouchWiz-less Android, you don't want to go back.

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by Bringbackanonposting on Fri 29th Nov 2013 01:57 UTC
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As earlier said - storm in a teacup.
Let Google have their way, it's no big deal. They have their reasons and that's fine. They really can do alot worse than this by fully locking down everything and breaking everything constantly (like Apl&MS).
I use CM on my Nexus4. It has those extra bits that make the difference over stock. Yes sure it doesn't have all the bells and whistles but it works and works well on supported devices (mine). GPS works, camera works etc etc. People like stuff that works you know?
I liken CM a little to Ubuntu. Not the best and may not be for the hard core enthusiasts but it's flying the flag for an alternative right! Hopefully if more people use and like CM they might become standard features that everyone enjoys on stock Android.

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