CyanogenMod Installer Application Removed from Play Store

Today, we were contacted by the Google Play Support team to say that our CyanogenMod Installer application is in violation of Google Play’s developer terms.

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.

To those unfamiliar with the application, it has a single function – to guide users to enable “ADB”, a built in development and debugging tool, and then navigates the user to the desktop installer. The desktop application then performs the installation of the CyanogenMod on their Android device.

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.

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. As we work through this new hurdle, we will continue to make available and support the installation process via our own hosting services.

Fortunately, Android is open enough that devices allow for installing applications via ‘Unknown Sources’ (ie sideload). Though it’s a hassle and adds steps to the process, this does allow us a path forward, outside of the Play Store itself.

The application can be found via the Get Started link on CyanogenMod.org. In addition to ‘sideloading’, we are submitting the application to the Amazon and Samsung app-stores.

Update: Removed reference to Google stating the app was not in violation of TOS – this was a mischaracterization of Google’s statement.

  • Jayfeather787

    I would flash another rom manually where everything works.

  • Jayfeather787

    If you want some help manually flashing this, just ask.

  • Chris Couper

    Now, I know this may not be the most proper place to post this….but, that being said (and this may be totally coincidence)….within a couple of hours of it being “pulled” from Google, my Tab no longer syncs….now I will admit that i run the 10.2 nightly…but it’s been pretty damn stable for months………..so….Coinsidence? Happidence?…..Am I just bat-s*it crazy? Or is anyone else experienced this?

  • Kyle

    Common Google Play, this is not a dictatorship but rather a democracy. Let the users decide. Please don’t become like Apple, I always hated Apple because of their money driven dictatorship. If Google Play becomes modeled on Apple and basis it’s decisions on profitability rather than community, bye-bye. Just remember play store is not a ‘have-to’ but rather a ‘like-to’. Get it, got it, good, now bring back CyanogenMod Installer.

  • Stoatwblr

    I suspect that such a threat would be illegal under EU law, as changing software CANNOT void a hardware warranty.

  • Luben Lambov

    “THIS WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY!” In huge red letters on both the Play Store page and and on the first screen of the app.

  • Luben Lambov

    Actually – it can. On both computers and phones/tablets.

  • SammyEj

    CM designers… My tab keeps prompting me that my system update is stopped working. I use Nexus 7 (1st gen)

  • Stoatwblr

    Citation please, bearing in mind that the law in question relates to the mandatory RETAILER warranty, not what a manufactrurer might say.

  • Greg Kochaniak

    I also think that CM app store would be a good idea. Won’t help though the people who need to install CM in the 1st place.
    However, I am constantly disappointed with CM quality on Samsung phones. Had several so far, and with each I had to go back to stock ROM after a few days. Issues like: even on “stable” CM 10.1 for Galaxy Note 2, the signal strength bars don’t work, animations are slower and jerky, Bluetooth signal is somehow weak and makes one of my headsets unusable (same headset works great with the stock ROM) etc. And whenever I try to submit any bug report to “jira”, they are always dismissed as “invalid” reports for one or another reason. Anyway, good luck, CM.

  • http://eliotime.com/ eliotime3000

    Still waiting for a official port of CM 10.1 for Samsung Galaxy Mini (it never happens).

  • Asad Nazari

    time will tell…

  • Eric Edmonson

    Who gives a crap about a warranty? Seriously guys, you must just like hearing yourself type. Either 3rd party load it or don’t! I pay cash for my unlocked devices and if they break or brick I throw them in the river and go buy another one. What’s a few hundred dollars for a new phone? Nothin’, that’s what.

  • Karl Troll Rosenqvist

    Google!?! WTF!?! This arbitrary blocking of competing software is why I don’t have an iPhone!?!

  • NoonianAtall

    Not everyone is as wealthy as you–or as spoiled, apparently. Repeat after me: “It’s not all about me. It’s not all about me…”

  • yonca erturk

    i’m using this.
    but yesterday, i just click the new nightly cm 11 and i’m stuck with the twrp screen. i couldnt restore anything and/or reboot the phone. it’s google nexus. if it’s not working why there were an option for update to 11 from 10. i’m very angry and disconnetted right now.

  • mooorvin

    How and why is CM competing software for Google? Anything Google does is included in most CM installations and CM even suggests installing GAPPS, which means Google has no problem with CM. Google just don’t want their users to have bricked devices, so this is definitely the right step, as long as we can’t guarantee that the flashing process won’t brick. Also note that CM is not uninstallable as an usual app, which could lead users to do changes to their device they’re not able to undo (and to be precise: those users are targeted by CM installer)

  • Kenan Sanli

    Whats about the installer for mac?

  • Deepankar Gupta

    CyanStore….

  • http://www.CowboyButler.com Cowboy Butler

    As I’m not a developer (and hence never received a ‘denial letter’ from Google Play), I’d love to see exactly what the denial letter states.

  • Charlie Holt

    I used the installer and my HTC one on my mac using Parallels and its in a boot loop:/ please help.

  • John Savage

    What about the thing Amazon does with their App Store? They have the .apk downloadable with a few instructions about how to turn on side-loaded apps.

  • Ahronzombi

    oops

  • Ray

    The link for the app on the “Get Started” page doesn’t work (clicking does nothing for several devices) and I can’t seem to get the QR link either…is there a direct link to the installer?

  • Simple Buyer

    There’s a hardware fuse welded into the motherboard in the Note 3. I rooted before someone found a way to get around tripping it, before anyone (who matters to me, anyway) knew it was there. (Yeah, I keep the most recent version update in my Dropbox. Bless his soul forever!)

  • Somnath Ghosh

    I am from India and using Galaxy S2….had updated it to stock JB from Sammy 4 months ago. It was very laggy and my phone had frequent freezes. Yesterday, I installed Cynogenmod through the installer. Must say its butter smooth. I am a QA Analyst in a reputed SW company. If I would have to rate the two ROMs, I would give twice the score to CM. The main point is that Google is paranoid but CM due to its potential. Once the installer supports more and more device, CMs popularity will skyrocket as it is much easier to experience CM through it.
    Thanks CM, you guys saved me from having to buy a new phone. Big thumbs up.