Google ejects CyanogenMod installer, citing warranty worries

The tech giant doesn't object to the variant of the open-source Android OS, but it does say the installer app violates Google Play developer requirements. Well, there's always sideloading.

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The CyanogenMod app to more easily install the open-source Android variant only lasted two weeks on Google Play.

CyanogenMod developers removed the installer because Google said it violates Google Play developer terms, but the startup has hopes it'll be restored. Cyanogen explained the installer removal in a blog post Wednesday:

They advised us to voluntarily remove the application, or they would be forced to remove it administratively. We have complied with their wishes while we wait for a more favorable resolution...

After reaching out to the Play team, their feedback was that though application itself is harmless, since it "encourages users to void their warranty," it would not be allowed to remain in the store.

Meanwhile, people who want the software can still "sideload," it, which requires turning off Android's default setting that prohibits software coming from sources other than Google Play. "Though it's a hassle and adds steps to the process, this does allow us a path forward," CyanogenMod said.

The software itself is relatively simple. It instructs users on how to enable the ADB development tool and then steers them toward the CyanogenMod installer that runs on a Windows computer.

"We've seen hundreds of thousands of installations of the application, proving the demand for more choice, and that the need for an alternative Android experience exists," CyanogenMod said.

CyanogenMod raised $7 million in funding. Its version of Android has found a foothold among enthusiasts and, more recently, the Oppo N1 smartphone.