Just a couple of weeks ago, users were debating the relative merits of having an official CyanogenMod installer present right in the Google Play store. While the app didn’t do all that much on its own, it helped to enable devleopment toggles within the operating system and then helps users to install a desktop version of the app on their computer – which does the heavy lifting of getting CyanogenMod installed on your phone.
Today, Google forced the CyanogenMod team to remove their app from Android’s app store, suggesting that if they didn’t comply, Google would remove it ‘administratively.’
The CyanogenMod developers talked to the Google Play managers, who told them that since the CM installer ‘encourages users to void their warranty,’ it would be barred from the app store.
Officially, the app was found to be in violation of Google Play’s developer terms.
CyanogenMod will continue to keep the application around on their website, and walks users through the steps necessary to sideload it (they even provide a handy QR code for a quick download).
CM noted that ‘hundreds of thousands’ of users had already installed the app prior to its removal, justifying the need for hosting it on their own site.
via: CyanogenMod Blog