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Cyanogenmod dev suggests a new banned-by-Google app store

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 24 Jan 2012 15:37 User comments (2)

Cyanogenmod dev suggests a new banned-by-Google app store One of the major reasons some people favor Android over iOS is Google's generally lax standards for Android Market submissions.
Which isn't to say there aren't any standards at all. In fact, one of the provisions of the Android Market developer agreement forbids any app which allows the user to bypass carrier restrictions. That includes apps for rooting or unauthorized tethering.

Koushik Dutta, a CyanogenMod developer and creator of the widely used ClockworkMod and ROM Manager, has floated the idea of a new store for apps which are disallowed by this provision. In a post to Google+, he threw out some suggestions for discussion.

He began by explaining his personal motivation. Primarily, he is unhappy with Google's policy of bowing to carrier demands:

I've been bouncing this idea around for a while now, and it seems like an even better idea now, given my recent brush with this problem: we need an App Store for root apps. We also need an app store for apps that are getting shut down for no good reason, other than carrier, or some random corporation doesn't like it.

It's worth noting that Dutta has been working on a tethering app for non-rooted Android devices which is presumably what he's referring to.

In addition to offering apps Google doesn't, Dutta sees this as a way to support Cyanogenmod. He previously reached out to Amazon with an offer to include their Android app store in the CyanogenMod ROM in exchange for a cut of each sale, but they weren't even interested in talking about it.

You can read his full post on Google+.

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2 user comments

124.1.2012 16:28

This is an amazing idea! I also like how this stuff is being legitimized. Amazon should reconsider...

Oh, Im sorry... Did the middle of my sentence interrupt the beginning of yours?

225.1.2012 21:03

The one reason why he does this: Cause he doesn't want to bow down to what the carrier thinks its best. Amen. When in the hell do they know more than these developers, since all they seem to care anymore is profit? Give this guy a really good job developing this stuff for the masses to enjoy, not just in secret or hiding from the "giants" of telco business.

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