Gravel-1960589If you wanted a small taste of iPhone UI on your Android handset, you might be out of luck. Google’s removed Control Center, an imitation of the revamped iOS quick settings menu, from the Play Store following an Apple copyright complaint.

Apple alleged the app was an unauthorized clone of a feature found in the company’s own mobile operating system, for which it owns a large number of design copyrights.

Here’s the full text of the email the developer, Hi Tools Studio, received from Google:

[quote qtext=”Location_of_copyrighted_work: The application “Control Center”, which is available at, copies, without authorization, the “Control Center” feature of Apple’s iOS 7. Apple owns the copyright in its iOS software and each of the features thereof. The aforementioned application infringes Apple Inc.’s (“Apple”) copyright rights in the iOS 7 software. Represented_copyright_holder: Apple Inc.” qperson=”” qsource=”” qposition=”center”]

This isn’t the first time Google’s removed an app from the Play Store at a company’s behest. In 2011, popular console emulator PCSX was taken down due to violation of Sony’s PlayStation trademark. Another app that copied a feature of iOS, Siri for Android, was pulled hours after launch.

Of course, there’s nothing to prevent  Hi Tools Studio from making Control Center available through unofficial channels, like third-party Android app markets. In the interim, they’ve taken the rather disengenous step of re-listing Control Center in the Play Store, but once the app is inevitably removed a second time, don’t be suprised to see it appear elsewhere shortly thereafter.

Kyle Wiggers
Kyle Wiggers is an avid writer, web designer, podcaster, and video producer with an acute interest in all things technology. When not reviewing or commentating on gadgets, apps, and videos, he enjoys reading New Yorker feature articles, tinkering with computers, and playing the occasional game of Rock Me Archimedes.
  • MasterMuffin

    I wonder why the iOs launchers don’t get deleted. I want them to get deleted, 99% of them are just horrible ad spamming

    • Aston Martin

      Your Stupid there’s only 1 IOS laucher dummy

      • andrew


        • Aston Martin

          thank you for the correction

      • MasterMuffin

        “YOUR stupid” no further explanation needed about your level of intelligence. I think you don’t know what “launcher” means, there are more than you can count

        • Aston Martin

          yes then I went & counted there are only 9 IOS style launchers & 1 is a pro version after that there are only themes so get it rite slow

          • Aston Martin

            like ADW Launcher EX theme Theme: IOS 7 theme HD concept there are more themes then launchers that’s what I’m saying

          • blowntoaster

            Aston Martin…Shut the Fudge…Leave MM alone. or we’ll throw your IPhone in the toilet…

          • MasterMuffin

            I got it right, there are more than you can count, you little troll

          • Aston Martin

            I’m speaking on Themes yes there are more themes then any one can count but IOS based launchers only 9 of them in the Play Store

          • MasterMuffin

            9 is more than you can count, because if you read your first reply to me, you said there’s only one iOs launcher, “dummy”. I’m not going to start counting, but I bet you just threw a random number there, because (as said earlier), there’s more than you can count

          • Aston Martin

            no I thought there were only 1 cause that’s the only I know of is ilauncher but more came up when I typed ilauncher there are only 9 IOS launchers go to the play store I don’t do random when it comes to anything android I come with facts so chill ILover

          • MasterMuffin

            Are you done with the trolling?

      • Apple_Nexus

        Oh dear!

      • Raaj

        I wonder how it feels to comment something totally irrelevant = “stupid”, then defend it = “stupid”, see people down voting to stop your rant and finally come back with more irrelevant shit = “stupid”

        Maybe you should write a documentary!!! :-P

  • rabidhunter

    So they’re removing a copy of a copy. Interesting.

    • RarestName

      I guess the patent coverts pulling up the controls from the bottom centre of the device.

    • portal

      apple has no shame suing on android notif imitation.

      but google even has no shame accepting that takedown request.
      Google, you must defending it, it’s your own android’s feature!

  • palkov

    well, at least Espier launcher still there =)

    I care less about control center clone, no need to downgrade my notification center :D

  • JT_daniel

    Infringing ‘copyright material’ (control center.. ). Guess we can expect another billion dollar lawsuit from Apple then?

  • rijoenpial

    I think Apple wants it out not because of patent infringement, but because apparently it is BETTER than the actual thing in one regard alone: it enables you to customize the bottom functions tray (with the flashlight and all) and lets people customize it the way they seem fit… IOS7 control center does not allow that… Maybe that’s why they were so hasty to attack it… HAHAHAHA Seriously, Apple is feeling so threatened that it persecutes even the tiniest things… If Google were to play their game, Apple would be sued until Kingdom Come for CC and so many other blatant ripoffs… And so would Microsoft with the blatant multitasking screen ripoff… Hell, there is not one single thing on iOS7 that was not blatantly riped off by Apple… But Google and MIcrosoft do not lower themselves to Apple’s rat level… It is indeed SO beneath them… Cheers