updated 11:36 am EDT, Tue July 30, 2013
Apple wields copyright against free software
Google has pulled the original version of an Android app called Control Center from Google Play, following a copyright claim by Apple. The app is a free download, and mimics the style of its namesake feature in iOS 7. A message from Google, forwarded by developer Hi Tools Studio, explains that "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."
A modified version of the app is back on Google Play, but still echoes the style and functionality of iOS 7. The iOS Control Center allows people to more quickly access core settings, such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and brightness. It also provides access to features like AirDrop, AirPlay, and music playback, plus apps including a timer, calculator, and camera. Much of that can be duplicated in Android, but normally through a combination of separate apps and widgets.