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Android "Pet Semetary" Will Resurrect Apps That Google Killed

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The merits of both the iPhone (AAPL) and Android (GOOG) can be -- and have been -- expounded upon at length. Device variety versus a unified OS. 4G support versus Retina Display. Google Navigation versus Siri. And so on. But one clear advantage that the Android flock has over iPhone users is the ability to install third party apps that haven't been approved by Google's Android Market.

Unlike the iTunes Store, BlackBerry App World (RIMM), and Windows Phone Marketplace (MSFT) where if an app is killed, it's gone for good, the Android OS permits users to install unapproved third party apps without jailbreaking, rooting, or hacking their device. It's one of the few instances where the smartphone industry treats its customers like adults.

And taking advantage of this tiny bit of freedom granted to Android users, Koushik Dutta -- one of the brilliant minds behind the popular Android ROM CyanogenMod -- plans to develop an app store that specializes in resurrecting apps that have been banned from Google's marketplace.

An Android "Pet Semetary," if you will.

In a post on Google+, Dutta writes, "I've been bouncing this idea around for a while now, and it seems like an even better idea now, given my recent brush with this problem: We need an App Store for root apps. 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."

Dutta specified that the resurrected apps would include "one-click root apps, emulators, tether apps, Visual Voicemail apps," and more -- essentially anything that Google was asked to take down. He envisions the store to be accessible via the CyanogenMod ROM, independent of the Android Market, but not necessarily exclusive to CyanogenMod. (He also hinted at the potential inclusion of the Amazon Market (AMZN) in the near future.)

Given the number apps that have been taken down from the Android Market -- among them, Siri knockoffs, Grooveshark, Nintendo emulators, DUI checkpoint maps, and any number of tethering apps that Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and Sprint (S) didn't like -- Dutta's banned app marketplace would be a cornucopia of seriously fun programs that don't have to be hunted down from countless places.

(See also: RIM Needs More Than Just a New CEO and iPhone Can't Match Android's Versatility, Says Steve Wozniak)

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