CyanogenMod Installer has been removed from Google Play due to violation of terms
CyanogenMod team complied with the request to remove the installer voluntarily
Almost two weeks ago, CyanogenMod released its one-click installer for Android with the only requirement of a Windows PC to complete. The Cyanogen Installer added support to the most popular Nexus and Samsung devices as well as to the HTC One. The installer had only one function- to automatize the whole process of installing CyanogenMod and also offered help with rooting user’s phones and unblocking the boot-loader. Basically, the CyanogenMod gets rid of the bloat-ware and makes the interface much more responsive. The installer gained much popularity during its short stay at Google Play Store, but today the Google support team asked the file to be removed.
According to Google Play, the application violated the developer terms of Google Play and the CyanogenMod team had no choice but to comply with the request to remove the installer voluntarily or Google would have taken further actions by handling things administratively. Either way, Google Play agrees that the app is practically harmless and it doesn’t really violate their Terms, however it ‘encourages users to void their warranty.’ Due to that, the app could no longer remain in the Play Store.
CyanogenMod also reports that they’ve recorded hundreds of thousands installations of the app which proves their point that users do need an alternative Android experience. In case those users want to install the custom CyanogenMod ROM, the problematic application only enabled them to skip the whole process of manual installation and do it automatically. Well, even if users can no longer find the app in Google Play store, there are always alternative ways. If you’re interested in the installer, you can still get it from CyanogenMod’s official site.
The team ended their report with the announcement that they will keep on submitting applications to Samsung and Amazon app stores, however they’re not certain if any of those companies would tolerate it differently.