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CyanogenMod team to launch rival Android App Store

Mat Bettinson
CyanogenMod team to launch rival Android App Store

The team behind the popular alternative Android firmware CyanogenMod are to launch an alternative App Store to focus on apps that require root access and apps which are removed from the official Marketplace "for no good reason."

Koushik Dutta, the author of ClockworkMod and ROM Manager, wrote in Google+ post: "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."

Some of the apps that had been removed from the official Android Marketplace include "one click root apps, emulators, tether apps, Visual Voicemail apps, and more," Dutta said, adding that a portion of app sales would instead go towards funding the CyanogenMod project.

The idea was greeted warmly by Google+ users. Dutta also revealed that CyanogenMod would soon pass a million installed users of the third-party OS, linking a statistics page which indeed now shows more than a million.  "This is huge," he said.

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