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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Google is making me increasingly nervous
by backdoc on Thu 28th Nov 2013 03:29 UTC
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I've been in the market for a new phone. My contract on my 4S has expired. I have been looking hard at Android phones. But, news such as this and the way they are tying Youtube to a Google+ account is making me uncomfortable.

I don't mind allowing a little access to Google here and there. But, there's something about them tying it all together that makes me uncomfortable.

I get that they are an advertising company and provide a lot of services in exchange for some loss of privacy. But, they are connecting too many dots.

I'm really starting to feel the need to separate myself from Google more and more. I really hope this Jolla phone comes to Verizon in the U.S. And, I really hope it doesn't suck. If it does the basics well, I'm interested.

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I decided to stop using all google services and delete my accounts the 4th of november, i do not miss any of it now after about 20 days. (And i did not replace many of the services with anything at all as it was mostly fluff and very little substance.) Given that i do not own an android or even a cellphone at all for that matter. I have come to value my privacy higher today than ever before for some reason.

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