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: There are consequences
by The1stImmortal on Sat 30th Nov 2013 11:31 UTC in reply to "There are consequences"
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I put CM 10.2 on my AT&T GS3 SGH I747, and while I really enjoy not having Samsung's bloat/crap-ware, I have no LTE functionality. [...] Nowhere in CM's documentation does it warn you about that little missing feature.

There's no current "stable" version of CM 10.2 for the AT&T GS3. There is a release candidate as of a week ago, for which the warning is "Last builds before stable release, few minor issues, mostly stable and safe for daily use" (emphasis added). Prior to that there was only Nightly and Milestone releases and they're both basically "Hey if it works for you, great!".

I have no idea if LTE works on the AT&T GS3 CM 10.1 stable builds or not - I'm in AU (so no AT&T model) and don't have a 4G capable GS3 available to test.

Also - given radio/smartphone interaction is goverened by very proprietary interfaces and libraries - this doesn't really surprise me. There's a host of regulatory and industry limitations around this area that we'd all be better off for them going away.

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