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

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:

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.



1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

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

3. Klamba92

Posts: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 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.

4. FastKatt

Posts: 7; Member since: May 22, 2011

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

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5765; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

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

6. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

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

7. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 894; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Sad.. I loved this Themer app..

8. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

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

14. wildfiregt

Posts: 179; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Your logic gave me cancer

9. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

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.

11. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

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

12. Neutral

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 19, 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

13. crazymonkey05

Posts: 189; Member since: Nov 20, 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.

16. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Exactly. We are missing some payments for all the apps in the PlayStore... Where's my money?

15. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

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

17. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Someone already called out the craziness of your 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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