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After a brief (read: 1-day) hiatus, popular ROM management app ROM Manager has returned to the Play Store. It was originally removed for violation of Google Play's Developer Program Policies, specifically the subsection regarding in-app purchases. Koush, the developer of ROM Manager, had long included a PayPal upgrade option inside of the app, a feature which doesn't jive with Google's policy that apps on the Play Store must use the Play Store billing service exclusively for in-app sales.

Koush had been given six weeks by Google to make a fix to get in compliance, but without warning yesterday, 2 weeks before the end of the window, the app was removed from the store for the policy violation.

Apparently Koush had some luck getting in touch with someone on the Play Store team, and it appears everything's all sorted out.

David Ruddock
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  • mgamerz

    So did he actually fix the issue?

    • lljktechnogeek

      The Play Store page mentions in-app purchases, and the "updated on" date is today. I assume the answer is yes; downloading now to check.

      EDIT: Yes, it now lists "Android Market" as the only payment option (which links you to the premium app). Kind of a crude hack, not to mention one that shows just how long the app's been around. Still, it presumably meets the requirements

      • mgamerz

        He said it was 'hard to fix'...
        ...
        seems legit

        • Samuel Hart

          He was lying, wasting time and being lazy. If it's so hard to fix he should have been working on it for 3 years now, and be able to provide the best damned IAP code ever seen.

  • Fudik

    Fuck koush.

  • http://www.google.com/ Roshan

    See, Khush just needed motivation. Once Google removed his app, he fixed within hours. But without it, he was delaying it from 3 years.

    • Mrs. Dutta

      The drama is strong with Koush.

      • Dean Politis

        Does he have any time for you Mrs. Dutta? Are you his mother or his wife?

        • Timothy Bennett

          Probably just a creeper

      • lol

        You keep him happy? Bjs and all....

  • MrNinjaPanda

    I wonder what happened, did Google put back the app on Play store since Koush has two weeks left to fix the issue, our did he finally had the motivation to fix the issue.

    • Nick

      He basically just hacked out the option to pay via Paypal.

      • Dean Politis

        For someone who whines about being busy with a little thing called Cyanogen Inc, he sure loves to come out and whine on the blogs. It took him longer to whine about this then to fix it.

  • PhoenixPath

    One has to wonder why some folks who seemingly make their living off of Google's work are so quick to basically hate on them.

    Gotta love the love-hate thing goin' on around Android...

  • Dean Politis

    LOL! I guess it wasn't that hard. In 2.75 years, he didn't make the move; but Google drops the app and it is fixed in one day.

  • b0b

    cool story

  • Kenneth

    So Koush was being a drama mama.

    • Dean Politis

      Isn't he always the drama queen? I think he thinks Google has it out for him. Do you remember his drama over Chromecast and Google making changes to their not ready for developers SDK for Chromecast? WAAH! WAAH! WAAH!

  • Mike S.

    People still use this crapware?

  • Kenneth

    Will Koush be here to "To clear up some inaccuracies in this article"?

  • CERN

    How many of you find that app more useful compared to other apps?

    • My name is….

      Other apps are far more useful.
      Rom Manager is old news

    • sounder

      ROM Manager isn't being developed like it should.

      • http://about.me/jovanphilip Jovan Philip

        EVERY product this guy puts out is dollar bait. He drops it on the store and immediately forgets about it and whoever bought it.

    • Wesley Modderkolk

      I have to admit, I don't even know what it does. I know it was pre-installed with CM, but never even bothered to open it

      • CERN

        You can install cwm recovery, manage backups, flash ROMs but all of this can be done so easily by going to the recovery thingy page(?!) that I don't feel the need to install an app and clutter my device.

        • Wesley Modderkolk

          Ah okay. Always did such things by booting into recovery

  • Chris Vander Maas

    He delayed fixing it because he's had never ending issues with googles IAP system working properly in the app.

    • Wesley Modderkolk

      And those issues apparently all disappeared when Google finally decided to remove his app...

      • lljktechnogeek

        Technically, it wasn't so much that they disappeared as he went "fuck it, just redirect them to the paid version that doesn't even bother with that stuff".

  • Andrew

    Much adu about nothing. Nice motivation Google.

  • Eli Friedman

    Does anyone know how the grubhub app gets a way with doing the same thing? I'm not complaining, because its awesome. But I'm curious.

  • Tony

    So how do other "non-celeb" developers go about getting in touch with a real person about issues they're having with the Play Store? Would be a bit unfair if he's getting special treatment.

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