The CyanogenMod Team Wants You to Weigh, Do You Want a CM App Store for Rooted Apps?

I know what you’re thinking. Why the heck do we need yet another app store on our phones, what with Amazon, GetJar, and the Android Market and a slew of other apps that do this same thing. However, I think you’ll want to hear me out on this one because this proposes to be a different kind of app store. Here’s the back story.

Recently Koush, the man behind ClockworkMod Recovery and ROM Manager, came out with a tethering app that bypassed the need for a tethering plan and one that did so without the need for root access. While there are other apps that do the same thing, Koush is known for bringing us very good software. Well it wasn’t long before carriers banned the ability to access this app in the Android Market as they did with other tethering apps. It’s those moves done by carriers that spurred this article to begin with. So here’s the deal.

Koush, and the rest of the CyanogenMod team want to hear from you. They want to know if you think it’s a grand idea for them to develop their own app store for rooted apps. This app store would be for those apps that received the ban hammer of injustice from the overly powerful carriers. As Koush puts it:

 “Apps removed from the Market includes, one click root apps, emulators, tether apps, Visual Voicemail apps, and more. These are all completely legal (Nintendo emulators are fine, ROMs are NOT, there is a distinction).”

He approached Amazon but they turned him down, so their best strategy is to go forward with an appstore of their own that features all those apps that were once available in the Android Market but has since disappeared along with the apps already available in the Android Market itself. The best part is that this wouldn’t be exclusive to that of the CM ROM and would be open to all ROMS. Of course the CM team would receive a bit of the proceeds made from the paid apps as a way to supplement funding for the growing server usage and store maintenance.

So what do you think? Is this a great idea or should CyanogenMod focus on other aspects? Don’t just let us know, head over to their Google+ page and let them know as well.

[via CM’s Google+ Page]

About the Author: Jack Holt

Jack is a tech enthusiast who is surviving small-town Wyoming. He's a newspaper editor by trade and a blogger for fun. His phone of choice is the Galaxy Note 4 and when he's not tinkering on that, he can be found researching new tech and wondering if his wallet can sustain a new tech purchase. When he's not in front of a computer, he's out in the mountains with his dog exploring the wilderness.

  • Yes

  • Anonymous

    yes but free please ^_^ 

  • Jose

    Do it.

  • Hell yea. As long as its not another big .99 cent app store and sits with the orginal idea you are stating. Why not the iphone has it for jailbroke phones

  • Lucifer

    Definitely yes, and how can anyone expect it to be free? Do you work for free at your place of employment? No right ….smh.

  • Spike

    As someone who uses clockworkmod and CM7 on two daily phone and a tablet (and CM9 betas on all three) I am heading to their Google+ page to say YES to this! Awesome idea and you just know it will be a slick app too as all of their stuff is!

  • of course we need intricate apps but at fees many can cough

  • Punk4lifesuka

    Great idea that way the store is included in the rom. Download what you need then drop the file when your done. I wouldn’t pay for them cause you can get them almost free anywhere but throw the donate button on it.

  • this would be…awesome

  • Orkillakilla

    Of course

  • Kirill

    Whould be great!

  • Guest

    Or run an Aptitude repo with applications only certified by Cyanogenmod. Then we can know there trusted.

  • Fezzik1977


  • Jānis Rubļevskis


  • Yes, for free with a donate button :)

  • Typhoon


  • CM9 Kang


  • HandyGeek

    “Make it so, Number One.”