Google kicks CyanogenMod out of Android store

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Google kicks CyanogenMod out of Android store

Developers behind the CyanogenMod version of Android have been forced by Google to remove their app from the Play Store. 

Earlier this month, the CyanogenMod app was released in Google's store, making it easier for users to replace their existing version of Android.

CyanogenMod doesn't include any of the network/handset manufacturer customisations that irritate many Android users, and offers features that are often not made available on regular handsets.

However, the CyanogenMod team claim Google has effectively forced them to withdraw the app, as it breaks the company's developer terms.

"They [Google] advised us to voluntarily remove the application, or they would be forced to remove it administratively," reads a post on the CyanogenMod blog. "We have complied with their wishes while we wait for a more favourable resolution."

The app itself doesn't actually install CyanogenMod - it merely enables a built-in development tool that must be switched on prior to installation. The actual installation is still performed by connecting the Android handset to a desktop PC application.

"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," the team writes.

Google's decision doesn't kill the CyanogenMod project - it can still be installed, as before, by following the instructions on the CyanogenMod site

This article originally appeared at pcpro.co.uk

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