Earlier this week, the makers of Android alternative CyanogenMod were asked by Google to remove CyanogenMod Installer from Google Play, otherwise the company would take it down itself. Despite Google admitting the program itself is “harmless”, it reportedly “encourages users to void their warranty”.
Navigating to CyanogenMod Installer on Google Play will toss up an error page, though a cached version still exists for the curious.
The news was announced via a November 27 post on the CyangenMod website. The post provides the aforementioned explanation from Google for the application’s removal and goes on to say that the team chose to “voluntarily” take the installer down, rather than have Google do it for them.
It’s stated that the creators are hopeful of “a more favorable resolution”, but does not go into details as to what avenues the team are pursuing. In the meantime, the app has been submitted to stores run by Samsung and Amazon, so it’s possible it will turn up in a convenient form elsewhere.
For now, it’s still possible for users to install CyanogenMod, it just involves a few extra steps, all of which are explained on the CyanogenMod website.
[CyanogenMod, via CNET]