CyanogenMod Installer app removed from the Google Play Store at Google’s request

by: Chris SmithNovember 27, 2013

CyanogenMod Installer App

The CyanogenMod team on Wednesday announced that its newly launched CyanogenMod one-click Installer application was removed from the Google Play Store at Google’s request.

According to what Google support told the team, the application was in violation of Google Play’s developer term – specifically, the application itself is “harmless” according to Google, but since it “encourages users to void their warranty” it can’t remain in the store.

The CyanogenMod team complied with Google’s request, as it had no other choice. Google would have removed the app “administratively” in case the team wouldn’t have complied with the demand.

According to CyanogenMod, hundreds of thousands of installations of the app have been recorded, “proving the demand for more choice, and that the need for an alternative Android experience exists” – what the app does is to allow users interested in installing the CyanogenMod custom ROM on their devices to do it in an easier fashion than by manually going through the whole process.

Users still interested in the tool will not find it in the Google Play Store anymore, but they’ll be able to sideload the app, by downloading it directly from

Furthermore, the team will be submitting the app to the Amazon and Samsung app stores, although it would certainly be surprising to see either company approve it. After all, installing CyanogenMod on certain devices that already run custom Android ROMs from OEMs such as Amazon and Samsung would not exactly be what these companies had in mind for their customers.

Have you used the CyanogenMod Installer application?

  • KaoriCamellia

    No, but I do have CM 10.1.3 on my fiancee’s/our GS3. Runs much faster and with greater stability than TouchWiz flavor JB. Especially given the new 4.3 update is being rolled back because, oh look, it’s buggy as crap. Looking forward to flashing 10.2 RC1.

  • That’s a big disappointment. I have downloaded and installed this app on both my Galaxy Nexus and my Nexus 7 (2012). The experience was mixed, but in the end I’m very happy with it. But if I want to do it on another supported device, then I will simply just side-load the app and install.

    Details: I first installed it on my GNex and while I did have a nightmare with “can’t talk to your device” half way through, I was able to reset and root the device. However the second time, on my Nexus 7, it took my 10-15 tops, no issues and it works great especially on the GNex.. Both are running CM 10.2 (Android 4.3.1)

  • NeedName

    I think the issue is google doesn’t want people to be able to run system wide ad blocking. . . they could care less if you void your warranty, and if warranty is their argument, what about devices out of warranty?

    Oh google. . . this will just make me put CM or a custom ROM on anyone and everyone’s device I can get my hands on, with ad blocking :)

    • Rainabba

      Have you run with full ad-blocking? More trouble than it’s worth by far. The whole thing is a shame though. What about Koush’s ROM Manager? That hasn’t been removed after years and it’s hardly different. Same for GooManager.

      • APai

        google should have a $15-25 ad remover “upgrade” like amazon :)

        • shinobi

          That’s a good idea, I like it :D

  • chris alves

    I have and it works great. What’s sad is that by googles concern about users voiding their warranties, the leave newbies having to flash ROMs themselves the old fashioned way, and run the greate r risk of allowing them to possibly brick their devices altogether. My advice to newbies: Do your research!

    • APai

      “My advice to newbies: Do your research!”
      absolutely! I don’t think there’s a shortcut to that.

      I think CM on play store makes the lazy noobs try it out simply because it got legitimacy of a “one click install” or whatever they mistake it as. they might simply forget that you would have to know / read a lot before your void your warranty or wipe your device.

  • A_Noyd

    “encourages users to void their warranty” Umm doesn’t every root tool out there do that? Yet they are all on the play store. So Google wants to be Apple?

    • Betty M

      If one buys a BMW, but change its engine to a Mercedes’, why should BMW help you with it? If anyone has gripes about Samsung, or Motorola, or HTC, or whatever they do with their phones to cater to users’ experiences, nothing is stopping them from rooting. One may not like the entire make, but so is it with most things we buy. So get a life and leave Google out of the picture. I have a Samsung Note, and love the writing recognition feature, but I absolutely wish Samsung would keep the device cleaner and not full of apps I deem useless. And frankly, Google is not responsible for that.

      • number29

        Google handed Android on a silver plate to Samsung, and let them screw around with it in whatever way they desired. It is entirely Google’s fault that Samsung are able to screw around with the OS as much as they do. Android could just as easily be closed sourced and licensed to prevent this from happening. It was Google’s choice to make it open source, therefore Google takes responsibility for the rubbish that happens as a result of that.

        • ProfessorGadget

          The Explain why Samsung is the second most profitable phone vendor in the world and has the most users of any mobile vendor in the world.

          You may not like it and you can still mod your device. There are millions of people that just want a device to do what it was advertised for.

          Many people like TouchWiz, most don’t even know it’s not pure Android. For the most part most probably don’t even know what version of Android their on and don’t care.

    • A Googler

      no its not that you have multiple manufacturers all with their own warranties so when some clueless user fubars their phone whilst trying to do this without having the first idea how to repair it you could then argue Google would be liable i can understand why they would stop this ,all Cyanogen have to do is provide the APK on their own website so when their software bricks someones phone they are liable for it .simple.

      • King Dong

        Exactly it’s a nice idea but they are essentially leaving themselves open for a lawsuit and Google would also be liable, cyanogen is good for unofficial modders and geeks but not for mainstream as there are simply too many bugs in it for the general public who scream when anything even slightly less than perfect occurs

        • A_Noyd

          Hardly. That like saying someone (using the car analogy again) take a stock motor, and put a supercharger on it, and blows up the motor, and tries to make the manufacturer pay for it. that’s not going to happen. Once you mod your phone, the manufacturers are not warrantying it. Plain and simple. People can whine to Google about it all they like. They won’t get anywhere.

  • Ravo

    Apart from the political reasons for this, CM was stupid to not put a disclaimer on their software download page, something like “Warning: This may void your warranty or brick your device”. Think of all the people who had issues and probably complained to Google.

    • APai

      probably they have done that, albeit feebly. they should have had a loud screaming message. many noobs do not read up and end up getting burned, and they usually blame everyone else except themselves. which is why usually developers keep reminding the users (at your own risk!) I feel that CM making a splash in the news , was bound to make a lot of noobs try it out, and a few might have screwed their devices. the logic would be : “if its on play store it must be safe right ?”

      • ProfessorGadget

        Yes, if it’s in the Play Store than it “Should” be safe. You can’t blame it on the so called “Noobs” when they have no idea what they are getting into.
        Apps in the Play Store should just run. The Play Store is not a Developer Site.
        I got tired of it after a year or so. Every version of any custom ROM came with trade offs. WiFi might work… Camera may not work. Every Rom has had some type of unstability that “Noobs” don’t know about because you’re right. They don’t read.
        Keep it OFF the Play Store and keep in in developer sites where it belongs.
        If users want the experience then they should know enough to sideload it and where to find it.

        • APai

          that’s exactly what I meant. I think, the guys at CM also tried their best to bring something to more people, simply because some would rather prefer to have a “legit” source.

        • sluflyer06

          Can’t say I’ve ever had a single ROM that ever had a catch or a trade-off on 6 different devices now. It’s all about flashing roms/kernels from devs who actually know what theyr’e doing.

  • Jose Torres

    Are they even allowed to use .org anymore?

  • A Googler

    thought exactly this would happen , not exactly a shocker

  • Shark Bait

    It is an interesting concept. Something like that is new to the android space, im sure it will just take the big players a bit of time to adjust. Either that or CM will fail.

  • SuperSam64

    I get why Google can’t allow this in an official capacity. If they did, they’d have to answer to the carriers and manufacturers who have a policy in place to keep users from modifying their devices. Users who destroyed their devices would blame the app, which would fall on the Play Store for allowing a potentially damaging app, and ultimately Google would be one of the parties considered responsible for damaging devices. It’s a liability.

    The good news is that the app can still be sideloaded, so while Google cannot make it available in their marketplace it can still be easily installed on any Android device without the prior need for the device in question to be modified in any way. This is perhaps not the most practical option, but it’s certainly worth the few extra steps it requires.

    • A_Noyd

      There are a ton of apps on the play store that can damage your phone, or at least make it appear unusable, (and still probably recoverable) yet they are left on there. As far as the carriers are concerned, Google should be dictating policy to them, and not let them get away with all they do. Google and Samsung could really turn the thumbscrews if they wanted to. Apple doesn’t let the carriers call the shots, and Samsung, and Google should not either.

  • Shacham

    That’s disappointing.. ):
    But… I believe that the appwill return some day to the play store, after a few changes. It will be alright.

  • Sunny Aggarwal

    That is extremely disappointing. I have used that app multiple times and so have many of my friends. It finally made installing CyanogenMod a no brainer easy to do task. I think we should petition Google to return the app.

  • jack

    then you hypocrites go bash Apple’s control over Appstore…..

    • deepen915

      but stock Android allows more customization than iOS.. that’s why