ll, that didn’t last long. Exactly two weeks after CyanogenMod’s installation app—which let users quickly easily install the popular CyanogenMod custom ROM (read: operating system variant) on their Android phones—led in the ay Store, it has now been yanked.
Here’s what the CyanogenMod had to say about the 180:
“Today, we were contacted by the ay Support team to say that our CyanogenMod Installer application is in violation of ay’s developer terms. They advised us to voluntarily remove the application, or they would be forced to remove it administratively. have complied with their wishes while we wait for a more favorable resolution.
… After reaching out to the ay 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.”
Fear not, fearless tinkerers: You can still install CyanogenMod on your Android if the temptation strikes, but instead of snagging the installer from ay proper, you’ll have to sideload the CyanogenMod installation app on your phone. It’s still pretty easy, configuring your phone to allow sideloading is as simple as changing a Settings option.
CyanogenMod’s actually one of the more polished user-friendly ROMs out there—in fact, the group recently raised $7 million in funding in a bid to build the mod into the third-most popular phone OS in the l, behind Android iOS. It works ( works well) on a ton of hsets, but before you take the plunge, be sure to read up on how to revert your phone to its stock ROM in case you wind up with cold feet or compatibility issues down the line.