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

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[3]: "Insanely popular"
by cmost on Thu 28th Nov 2013 00:37 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: "Insanely popular""
cmost
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2006-07-16

I agree. This isn't a problem. People who load custom ROMs on their phones are not complete noobs. I think such folks can figure out how to enable ADB debugging themselves. If not, CM can simply put the APK file on their website for download. It takes only a second to email such a file to oneself where it can be opened directly on the phone. Viola. Meanwhile, I think Google has a valid point is removing an application from its store that actively encourages users to void their phone's warranty. Viruses are not the only threat to software - users can be their own worst enemy in that regard.

Edited 2013-11-28 00:37 UTC

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RE[4]: "Insanely popular"
by WorknMan on Thu 28th Nov 2013 01:23 in reply to "RE[3]: "Insanely popular""
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2005-11-13

Meanwhile, I think Google has a valid point is removing an application from its store that actively encourages users to void their phone's warranty. Viruses are not the only threat to software - users can be their own worst enemy in that regard.


I wonder if that piece of software displayed a clear warning to the user that this will happen and give them a chance to back out? If so, Google has no point.

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