Google has removed the CyanogenMod Installer app from its Play Store, citing violation of terms of service as reason.
For those unfamiliar with the application, it’s made to guide users to enable “ADB”, a built in development and debugging tool, and then navigates the user to the desktop installer. The desktop application then performs the installation of the CyanogenMod on their Android device.
While the app itself is harmless, it “encourages users to void their warranty,” or that’s at least what Google is saying.
Fortunately enough, Android is an open platform that allows users to install apps via “Unknown Sources” (i.e. sideload). Though it’s a hassle and adds steps to the process, this does allow CyanogenMod a path forward, outside of the Play Store itself.