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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RE[2]: "Insanely popular"
by hussam on Sat 30th Nov 2013 11:28 UTC in reply to "RE: "Insanely popular""
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You do know that Windows is both popular and good for a reason? You know, for people who want an OS that just works....

Anyways, nice trying at trolling.

Better luck next time!

Windows is popular because most applications are compiled to run on Windows. It's a "lock-in" situation where it is the only operating system most people have heard of. When i show people my Linux installation, they think there is something called "Microsoft Windows Linux". They don't know the concept of operating systems. Windows was pushed in people's faces and Linux was not. It's very unlikely that you will go to a store, buy an application and the sales person tells you this needs Linux.
Same thing with internet browsers. People never heard of Firefox or knew that there is more than one program to browse the internet. Mozilla never pushed Firefox in their faces. Google, on the other hand, pushes Google chrome in people's faces and so may run Google chrome.
Windows has no fragmentation. Everything you need to develop a full Windows application can be provided by Microsoft. Under Linux, you have more than one choice and those choices are often competing with each other. They are also developed by different companies or groups. This makes it less attractive to publish commercial desktop applications for Linux.
Had Linux been pushed into people's faces, the fragmentation with decrease. We will have every possible library installed on every Linux box. But then you cannot push an operating system into people's faces with fragmentation. Hence, we are stuck in a stagnant situation.
Some companies like Opera worked around this in the past by making their applications use plugins to mimic different graphic toolkit appearances. LibreOffice does the same.

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