July 28, 2014

G1 Tethering App Yanked From Market

night_police_lightsSomething tells me that the developer behind this app is going to get more notice now than ever before.  Google has pulled WiFi Tether for Root Users from the Android Market for violating the Developer Distribution Agreement.

Google enters into distribution agreements with device manufacturers and Authorized Carriers to place the Market software client application for the Market on Devices. These distribution agreements may require the involuntary removal of Products in violation of the Device manufacturer’s or Authorized Carrier’s terms of service.

It sounds like Google offered up a pretty fair amount of control to the carriers involved in the Open Handset Alliance in exchange for joining.  Maybe an app kill switch was part of the carrot that was dangled in front of T-Mobile. 

Your Data Plan is intended for Web browsing, messaging, and similar activities on your device and not on any other equipment. Unless explicitly permitted by your Data Plan, other uses, including for example, tethering your device to a personal computer or other hardware, are not permitted. – T-Mobile terms of service

Ok fair enough.  T-Mobile says you are not allowed to do it.  Perhaps the carriers have a final say in what apps are allowed in the Android Market and will loose the Google hounds on developers who don’t play by the rules. What really gets me is that this app was not for everybody.  It required root access of your G1 in order to work.

A door closes, a window opens.

Like I said above, the app is likely to get more traction now than it previously was.  One advantage over Apple’s App Store is that the Market is not the sole place for users to get Android apps.  In fact, developers don’t even have to go through the Android Market to sell their wares.  It’s possible that by pulling this app from the Market, T-Mobile and Google might be shedding a light on tethering capability as a whole.  If I was the developer, I’d make the app readily available from a personal blog or Rapidshare account just because I could.

Thanks for the tip Andon!