Turns out the CyanogenMod Installer wasn’t quite ready for a wider audience. The CyanogenMod team earlier this week announced that it voluntarily pulled its application from Google Play after being contacted by the search giant’s own team. The reason being that the installer application was apparently in direct violation of Google Play’s developer terms. Cyanogen said it pulled the app while it waits for a more favorable resolution.
The application itself was harmless, but because it was deemed to encourage users to violate their handset’s warranty, Google couldn’t allow the app to remain in the store. The app itself essentially enabled a built-in development and debugging tool, and then corresponded to a desktop installer in order to perform the installation of CyanogenMod. According to Cyanogen, the team saw hundreds of thousands of installations following the app’s launch in Google Play.
In the interim, Cyanogen suggests side loading the installer if you are serious about giving CyanogenMod a go. In addition, the team said it’s submitting the application to the Amazon and Samsung app-stores as alternatives. For now, the app will indefinitely be removed from Google Play until CyanogenMod can come up with a solution (if any at all).