Google Threatens CyanogenMod to Remove Their Installer App from the Play Store

| November 27, 2013 | 6 Replies


Well that took a little while, but it looks like Google has removed the CyanogenMod installer from the Play Store. In a blog post from Cyanogen Inc., this afternoon, they inform us that they were contacted by the Google Play Support team that the installer is in violation of Google Play’s developer terms.

Google advised CyanogenMod to voluntarily remove the application or they would be forced to remove it themselves. CyanogenMod decided to comply with Google and removed it from the Play Store. If you haven’t used the installer before, it’s actually a pretty simple process. It guides users to enable ADB, which is a built in development and debugging tool, and then navigates the user to the desktop installer. The desktop installer actually does all the heavy lifting not the Android app. Which makes it pretty puzzling, why it’s been removed.

Cyanogen did reach out to the Play Store team, their feedback was that the application itself is harmless, and not actually in violation of their ToS, since it encourages users to void their warranty, it would not be allowed to remain on the store. Now that’s even more puzzling. How many of you have installed apps from the Play store that you need root to use? I know I’ve got a few on my device right now like Greenify, Titanium Backup and Helium. Not to mention, all of Koush’s apps need root.


However, Cyanogen has a work around. Since you can sideload the app through Unknown Sources, they’ve made the app available on their Get Started page on the CyanogenMod website. So those looking to check out the installer can do so there.

Hopefully, Google doesn’t go ahead and remove all these other apps that need root to work, from the Play Store. They are going to anger a lot of people if they do that.

Category: Android Rom News

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Alex has been an Android user since the Motorola Droid back in 2010. He's been a huge Android fan ever since using many of the most popular flagships. He's currently rocking a Moto X and a G2.
  • icyrock1

    I’d stop using Android if they tried to take away my Root apps.

    • Gary

      They are not going to remove apps that require root access.. I think the author is getting a little ahead of himself here… Titanium Backup, Greenify etc are not even close to being the same type of app CyanogenMod Installer is.. He’s just throwing his toys out the pram as he’s not happy its been removed lol

      • Billy

        Requiring root for functionality is encouraging root, is it not? Whether the apks are worlds apart, they require root which voids warranty. Seems the author is right on track. BTW, I’ve never used CM’s installer.

        • Gary

          OK, if you use Titanium backup, Greenify or any other app on the market, it requires you to physically root the device before you install that particular app. The fundamental difference between these apps and CMD Installer, is the later, you do not have to root the phone in order to download the application.. Furthermore none of the other apps actually unlock the boot loader nor do they install a completely new ROM that overrides the original manufactures ROM. If you care to read up on CMD Installer, you will actually see the differences in permissions and understand more why Google were forced to pull the app.

  • vs8

    Sensationalist headline…

  • IamSachin

    @Alexander Maxham … That’s bad journalism. Google never “threatened” them.
    The mail suggested them to take down the app as it is violating developer guidelines, or they will have to remove the app themselves.

    @Others TB, Greenify don’t guide you to use adb and root the phone. They work on already rooted phones.