Google Free the CyanogenMod

September 26, 2009 at 12:14 am

Ever since I activated my G1, I was in love.  I loved the Android operating system and the Google syncing and everything.  However, I quickly had to do all sorts of memory management because Google/HTC in their infinite wisdom decided you could not write and run applications on the SD card.  So I searched and then came across the CyanogenMod.

Cyanogen and the previous hacker JesusFreke came up with some awesome work.  They conquered installing apps to the SD card and made using my G1 infinitely more usable since now I can put apps on the SD card where there is more room.  Plus they also figured out ways to make the OS more usable and faster.  Life is good and now I should be able to make it until the end of my contract.  Well that ends now.

Cyanogen received a C&D letter from Google.  The CyanogenMod website was pulled down and now you can’t download any of the images.  The reason they say is that Cyanogen was redistributing Google’s apps.  This is true, however he was not altering their apps in his image nor was he building images for phones that did not already include the Google experience apps.  IE, we’d still run these apps if we stuck with the stock firmware and we technically own a license.

Message to Google: HIRE cyanogen.  Have him help you figure out how to make Android better like he has been doing.  Also, don’t squish the the reason most of us went for the Android platform: it’s openness.  We liked Android and our G1’s because we weren’t locked down like we would be if we bought the iPhone.  We could install more apps make our phones do what we wanted.  You were more open than Apple and Microsoft.  Let the community make Android shine!  There are already huge proponents of the G1 that are saying it will be their first….and last Android phone if you keep this is not resolved.


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