If 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:
Location_of_copyrighted_work: The application “Control Center”, which is available at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.easyandroid.hi.controls, 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.
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.