The folks from Google recently pulled a new app off of their Google Play Store due to copyright infringement claims from Apple. What was the app? An Android app that emulates the recently announced “Control Center” drawer in Apple’s iOS 7. It was a complete copy of the look, feel, and basically every aspect of the upcoming iOS 7 feature, and is now readily available for Android users.
Just like the pulldown notification bar in Android, this pullup bar from the bottom gives you quick access to tons of different options and controls. Things like setting the brightness, toggling on or off your WiFi, Bluetooth, airplane mode, mobile data and more. The Control center has a nice pause/play widget-like option for controlling your music and more.
It’s clear that Apple is playing catch-up with Android with their new Control Center, and no one’s really doubting that. The issue here is this app is a blatant rip-off of Apple’s design, and now released to everyone with an Android device. Although, most manufacturers have been offering this for more than a year on Android, and 4.2 Jelly Bean introduced a quick settings menu of their own. This though, is basically iOS’ version packaged for Android.
The app was quickly removed from the Google Play Store earlier this week following the complaint by Apple, but this afternoon it is back and available to all. A new version has apparently surfaced that removed whatever Apple had mentioned, but once you use it you’ll clearly see the resemblance. We’re not sure how long it will last, but those interested can grab it below.