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Themer got pulled from the Play Store because Apple didn't like the iOS style icons

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Themer got pulled from the Play Store because Apple didn't like the iOS style icons
We were pretty enthusiastic about Themer Beta, the famed launcher replacement with its database of preset homescreen themes that are a little more than a wallpaper and a few icons. The entirety of the Android UI and system is integrated pretty handsomely, and there's definitely something for everyone out there.

The app, however, was brought down in the beginning of the month, and we are now discovering why. Apparently Apple had a problem with one of the themes in particular, called Seven, that you see in the thumb image. 

It doesn't really turn your Android into an iOS 7 device, but the icon pack is pretty closely mimicking Jony Ive's creations, so apparently Apple requested that Themer is taken down from the Play Store. Here's the letter that Google sent to the developers of Themer, requesting immediate action:

This is a notification that your application, Themer Beta, with package ID com.mycolorscreen.themer, has been removed from the Google Play Store.REASON FOR REMOVAL: Alleged copyright infringement (according to the terms of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act).

All violations are tracked. Serious or repeated violations of any nature will result in the termination of your developer account, and investigation and possible termination of related Google accounts. If your account is terminated, payments will cease and Google may recover the proceeds of any past sales and the cost of any associated fees (such as chargebacks and payment transaction fees) from you. Please review the Developer Distribution Agreement and Content Policy to ensure that your applications are compliant with our policies.

The DMCA is a United States copyright law that provides guidelines for online service provider liability in case of copyright infringement. Click here for more information about the DMCA, and see http://www.google.com/dmca.html for the process that Google requires in order to make a DMCA complaint.

Google may reinstate your application into the Google Play Store upon receipt of a counter notification pursuant to sections 512(g)(2) and (3) of the DMCA. Click here for more information about the requirements of a counter notification and a link to a sample counter notification. If you have legal questions about this notification, you should retain your own legal counsel.Please note that we have included a text copy of the Infringement Notice we received for your reference.

The Google Play Team

Ouch. The developers from MYCOLORSCREEN rolled up their sleeves, and quickly removed the allegedly infringing Seven theme from the depository, but it took more than a week for the app to be reinstated back into the Play Store. If you download Themer Beta now, you'll be searching for Seven in vain, though one of the most popular themes, called Tiled, resembles Windows Phone's layout quite a bit, too, so now it's Microsoft's turn to stir it up in Themer land. Oh, wait, they apparently don't care.

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posted on 11 Feb 2014, 04:07

1. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1173; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Already got the app a month ago. Haven't used it yet.

Such app returns to Google Play:http://thenextweb.com/apps/2014/02/10/themer-doesnt-know-app-will-return-google-play-says-removal-due-apple-copyright-complaint/#!vc4Aw

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mycolorscreen.themer&hl=en

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 04:10 4

2. Finalflash (Posts: 1534; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


No need to worry for those iPhone skin lovers, that skin will find its way to people through the droid grey market.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 04:40

3. Klamba92 (Posts: 195; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


Used this app so much and really love this launcher. stopped once I got the nexus 5 for the Google now launcher. Hopefully when this comes back they optimise it to support android 4.4 immersive mode or the transparent ui.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 04:48 1

4. FastKatt (Posts: 7; Member since: 22 May 2011)


Should've called them iDumb iCons. Seems poking fun helps fight patent issues? =)

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 05:02 7

5. vincelongman (Posts: 1010; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


What this is such a stupid reason, Apple copied the iOS 7 icons from various icons anyway

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 05:10

6. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 690; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


What about the guys who made Espier Launcher? They copied way more things

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 05:48

7. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 629; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Sad.. I loved this Themer app..

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 05:54 1

8. boosook (Posts: 927; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Who cares... do you want Apple's icons? Buy an iphone.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 08:44 4

14. wildfiregt (Posts: 89; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Your logic gave me cancer

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 06:07 1

9. Liveitup (Posts: 1031; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


The design of the promo shot of the boxes on the right is WP Modern UI, IOS7 is a mixture of WP and Android looks and features.

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2013/06/apple_ios_7_will_borrowing_ideas_from_microsoft_help_apple_destroy_the_smartphone.html

http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/07/30/ios-7-control-center-like-android-app-draws-complaints-from-apple-but-returns-to-google-play

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 06:20

10. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)


This Apple is going to get bit. Time to make apple pie. They blocked bitcoins apps, so don't give them your money.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 07:07

11. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


so you guys bash the look of iOS7 but turn around and create a theme to resemble it. i'm lost...

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 08:34 7

12. Neutral (Posts: 30; Member since: 19 Oct 2013)


I like android cause its customizable, I can make my droid look like a f_kin' iPhone or a windows phone or somethin' else, I hope I've ABCed it for you bucket headed ho_s

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 08:41 7

13. crazymonkey05 (Posts: 124; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


I love how you refer to all android users as a unibody and that one person creates a app everyone did.....your brilliant sir.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 10:45

16. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Exactly. We are missing some payments for all the apps in the PlayStore...

Where's my money?

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 08:47 4

15. AfterShock (Posts: 2512; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Looks are one thing, but reduced functionality stays on iPhone.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 10:49 3

17. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Someone already called out the craziness of your post...so I wont get into that.

Some, many ppl like the look of Live Tiles, iOS UI but dont want the phone(s). Has been that way for years in Android land. Some of the most popular themes, launchers have been ones that look or can be made to look like Live Tiles, iOS.

No different than ppl bashing OS X...and use themes on their Windows OS to look like OS X.

But....the bigger picture here is Apple or anybody hasnt really done this before. This is about to set a precedence for themes on desktop and mobile OS's.

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