themer seven

Themer, a popular Android customization app by MyColorScreen, was pulled from the Google Play marketplace last week. The app allows users to browse a selection of home screen themes, and it appears that one of them may be guilty of copyright infringement.

The theme is called ‘Seven,’ and as you’ve probably guessed by now, it looks like its creator got a lot of his inspiration from iOS 7. So Apple has filed a copyright complaint with Google, forcing the search giant to remove the app to avoid further legal ramifications…

TechCrunch has the story:

“The theme in question is the “Seven” theme, which Apple says uses several icons that infringed on its own patents, explains Ashvin Dhingra, co-founder and CEO at Themer.

“We immediately removed [the Seven] theme and thought that, at worst, Themer would be back on Play in a few days. But now a week later, we’re facing the possibility that a few days might turn into a few weeks,” Dhingra explains in an email to TechCrunch (and soon to be blog post on the company’s website.)”

There are a few things worth mentioning here. For one, Themer isn’t just some homebrew project—it’s run by a company that raised some $500,000 in funds last fall. And two, Apple knows the theme was removed, has no more issues, and the app is still in limbo.

“We’ve spoken to legal representatives from Apple (who have been very nice, reasonable, and helpful), and they have no remaining concerns. But apparently, Google has a process for these things, and there’s nothing we can do to accelerate that process.”

But while it appears the issue is resolved with Apple, Dhingra says that his team has yet to hear from Google. Apparently there’s not a set point of contact for Android developers to go to with problems like this, so for now there’s no telling with Themer will return.

Top image via Lifehacker

  • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

    When I got my android phone I themed it to look like iOS 7 like on my iPhone. It was really nice. The screen sensitivity was too loose though.

    • erod434

      What do you mean the screen sensitivity was too loose?

      • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

        The touch sensitivity wasn’t good compared to the touch of apple’s. I tried to get a developer to help me to increase sensitivity but all it does is calibrate the points, not the touch.

      • erod434

        I see what your saying, but I wouldn’t use loose to describe it, I’d say slow or something else. A loose screen sensitivity just doesn’t sound right. For me I cannot see any difference at all between my galaxy s4 and my brothers iphone 5s, but too each their own.

      • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

        It’s noticeable, I just don’t know how to describe if I showed you in person. Maybe others can chime in.

      • Kurt

        probably depends on the handset and if it’s on a slower firmware. Newer firmwares are faster. Hope Apple will do the same in the future. Would be nice to upgrade without worrying if your device will be slower.

      • BoardDWorld

        Really? It’s a huge difference, no ifs buts or maybes. Android just lags and it can’t help itself… Just search iphone-5-touchscreen-2x-faster-than-best-android-screen and view the c-net link to find out the cold hard facts about your beloved Android.

      • Kurt

        Weird, my Note 3 has no lag. I try to move the screen as fast as possible and it keeps up like a champ. Think you full of it.

      • BoardDWorld

        Ok, you must have a special one that defies the bounds of what’s possible on Android.

      • erod434

        In the real world numbers do not matter, especially when its a difference of 50 milliseconds 0.05 seconds. The only thing that matters is personal experience, and its clear you have never used an android so you have no say. I having owned a galaxy s 4 and used a iphone 5s, can say that the difference in touch screen response is negligible as I have seen it first hand.

      • Liam Mulcahy

        thats what you get when you get a android

      • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

        i just posted below on xboxone but i do have both devices and pleased with them in some ways

    • XboxOne

      Same here. It just isn’t the same or close to it.

      • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

        I have a moto x latest firmware and my brothers Nexus 5. Compared to the iPhone 5 and my moms iPhone 5S i got her. The Apple devices were much more “the right feel” for sensitivity, sorry can’t explain well.

  • Justin

    Wow. Google did something right for a change.

    • Maxim∑

      No they didn’t. They can’t even respond to a developer repost request. Themer is waiting on google to put there app back for more than a week. A similar situation for a apple developer would be 48hr max

      • Justin

        I meant that they did one thing right: to remove a ripoff app. I know that in general google sucks. Apple is 50 times better in every way.

      • erod434

        How is this a ripoff app? Its a theme platform that happened to have an ios based theme. That theme might be a ripoff but the app itself is fine and is comparable to winterboard in cydia.

      • sjimmiep

        Get your facts straight.
        Apple removed google maps because it was crap. It was inferior to the app Google provided to android devices. Removal forced Google to make a better app.

      • erod434

        Are you sure about that, there is no proof. More likely Apple wanted to cut ties with google and decided to build their own maps to not be directly associated with google. Google wanted to create a better experience for users but, apple being super strict about its app rights did not give them sufficient access to ios to update it to the way they wanted.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        According to a German court domain name registrars are responsible for their clients infringements because the infringement is obvious. Using this ruling as an example the theming platform is responsible for any infringement in their themes because infringement is obvious. Therefore they should have removed the theme ages ago instead of having to deal with their app getting removed…

      • Dan

        Blind fanboy’ism? They were right to remove the theme, not the app. Not sure by what calculation you’re getting the Apple is 50 times better than Google, but one of the variables must be bull$hit.

      • sjimmiep

        Let me remind you where you are. This is the idownload blog. It’s for fanbois. Why are you here?
        “I am isheep. Hear me bleat.”

  • Framboogle

    Take that bitches!

  • Ishaan Malhotra

    This sucks. It was a really cool app. And the developer is a nice guy.

    • Zod

      You can’t just completely rip off iOS and get away with it. It’s hard distinguishing this theme and a real iPhone

      • Sgt. Faggot

        Boo-hoo.

      • Kash Gummaraju

        But why remove the app as a whole? Why not tell the team to remove the theme or have the app removed?

      • Zod

        they did it to avoid further legal issues. just so happens that google can’t respond to their devs promptly to repost the app

  • erod434

    The app is back if anyone was wondering.

  • Chris

    You have an Android and you’re using an app to make it look like iOS, seems very illogical, why not just buy an iPhone?

    • Kash Gummaraju

      Well, because they thought it was good sport. Because some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.

    • Perhaps ’cause they don’t want the nonsense limitations of official iOS, and they don’t want to be avoiding updates like Jailbreakers…

      • Kurt

        Perhaps people don’t buy and iPhone and theme their Android phone because they are worried about holding it wrong…

    • hos4am

      so , if i love the ios7 theme then i should buy an iphone ??
      -iphone user

    • Chris

      The limitations are what make it secure, unlike Android which has so many variants of the base unix OS it’s impossible to ensure it’s 100% secure.

      If you really feel the iOS theme is better than the stock Android themes then you are conflicted with your choice in phones.

    • Kurt

      Who wants a little tiny screen like the iphone? I find it so painful to use my iphone. Overall I like iOS and especially iOS 7. But screen size is most important in a device.

    • tocsin

      All the hardware benefits of android maybe? Bigger screens, batteries and SD cards? Or other parts of the software instead of just the home screen.

      • Chris

        I’ve used several Samsung and HTC devices and I assure you they have extremely poor battery life compared to my iPhone 5/5S, not to mention the native browser chews through more memory sitting idle.

        Also bigger is not better, I’ve being a long time fan of the 4″ display which is a perfect fit for anyone’s hand, anything above that is simple convenience for having more icons and screen space but the device overall requires you to use both of your hands otherwise you will drop it.

        SD cards? They’re still a thing?

        “Or other parts of the software instead of just the home screen.”

        Such as?

      • tocsin

        And yet there are also many devices that destroy the iPhone battery life, and your constant generalisations show your ignorance ” 4″ display which is a perfect fit for anyone’s hand” go back to your ios cave please. And other parts of the software such as custom launchers, keyboards, lock screens, icons, music apps that detect all the music on your device instead of ones that only detect music in that apps data. And all the freedom rooting gives you, more than jailbreaking and rooting 9/10 is easier for devs to make than for jailbreaks to be made.

      • sjimmiep

        ??

      • Dan

        I recently went on a trip oversea, had no way to charge my phone (the device I brought to convert the electricity fried). I sure was happy to have extra batteries. My friend had an iPhone, so he was screwed. Also, my battery outlasts his (I have a Note 2).

        And the 15h I spent in the plane/airport? I sure was happy to have a micro SD card jammed with HD movies.

        The big screen sure was nice to movie viewing/gaming as well. Stop proclaiming your opinion as fact. You may not like android and all that comes with it, some do.

  • Barry

    Well, Google could sue Dreamboard for that matter.

    • jack

      Android look is cheap and confusing, so not even Google cares about making their OS look precious by suing who imitates it

      • Barry

        Well, that’s a rather raw adamant opinion. But you are basically implying that Google doesn’t sue Dreamboard because they acknowledge the (what you state to be a) fact that their OS is “cheap and confusing”? I don’t think that would be a logical if-to-be-true fact to stop the company from suing Dreamboard.

      • jack

        Then tell us why don’t they sue Apple?

      • Barry

        Well, the main reason for this is because Google can’t sue Apple for something Apple doesn’t own. Dreamboard, or Cydia for that matter is not software owned nor endorsed by Apple, so Google can’t sue them over it.
        Second thing is that the Google Play store has multiple themes that imitate or intend to copy various other OS’s. So they would be hypocrite to sue other companies if they had an exclusive -Store that featured themes like Android.
        Apple, for some reason, loathes the idea that other systems besides their own have something on them that wether with intend or not is looking like something they have copyrights on.

      • sjimmiep

        I’m sorry. I have read this reply several times and I still can’t make any sense of it.
        I’ll tell you why Google will never sue Apple. It’s because they would have to expose their source code to prove themselves. Most of us know why Jobs wanted to go thermonuclear on Google.

      • Barry

        How did you not get my reply? Google simply just doesn’t mind that people put their design on other hardware.

      • sjimmiep

        Android is hardware? Oh.

      • Barry

        No, you don’t get it. With hardware I mean other devices.

      • Save your fingers dude, it’ll never make sense unless it’s praising Apple.

  • Lol, typical Apple…steals stuff from different locations to make iOS 7 (http://bit ly/1eMb9OC) then goes suing others for doing the same to them; hypocrites.

    • Chris

      Taking a feature that’s popular and making it better isn’t stealing, get your facts right

      • So, based on your logic, this isn’t a rip-off ’cause it took a feature of iOS (the icon layout) and made it better; by giving it the flexibility of Android. You’re as self-contradicting as Apple…

      • tocsin

        Amen

      • Chris

        You’re saying Apple is the only company to take and use a feature, your argument is invalid. You’re apparently blind to the other software companies on the planet which do the same damn thing.

        I never mentioned Apple’s name thus you contradicted yourself

      • @ChrisUpjohn:disqus Lol, now you’re back pedaling on what your post implies, typical fanboy. You ignoramusly reply to a post, disagreeing that Apple stole stuff, then you expect me to interpret it as referring to another company? At least your head is a bit out of Apple’s behind now…

      • Chris

        Whatever dude, for such an Apple hater you sure must love Apple products if you’re on this site

      • Just ’cause I use an iPhone and I’m interested in keeping up with Apple and other tech news doesn’t mean I have to ignoramusly praise Apple nor any other company. Go find an iTardsOnlyBlog (where the truth about Apple’s greed/hypocrisy is forbidden) and I promise you’ll never come across anything questioning your herd master’s actions over there…

    • Kurt

      If they were an Asian company they wouldn’t be able to get away with it in America. When apple sues samsung and samsung sues apple back they both lose in other countries. But not in USA.

      • Sounds like capitalism; where money is a higher priority than morals…

      • Kurt

        Hollywood hates morals. Liberals have been brainwashed but don’t know it

  • Kenny Yusuf

    So,
    Any cydia developer willing to take up upgrading of “screenshotplus”?? The original writer says he’s willing to drop the source code for everyone and make the app open……..
    Screenshotplus allows one to take screenshot by cropping any part of the screen! Just as Windows’ Snippingtool…… It is a paid app on cydia but doesn’t support iOS 7 🙁
    Screenshotplus + activator makes takes “screenshoting” to another level 😀
    Or is there an app like that am missing out on??

  • Jonathan

    Dumb question, but is Google like Apple, where it checks every app before it goes the Store, or does it allow anything without checking it, and that’s why there’s so many viruses/spyware on the store?

    • Gabriel

      It is a rhetorical question?

      • 4p0c4lyps3

        Lol

    • Barry

      Another dumb question, but didn’t Apple sometimes let apps slip through that enabled forbidden tweaking and features..?

      • Jonathan

        Rarely. Is this a trick question?

      • Barry

        Nah, not really. Just teasing a bit. Don’t worry.

      • Jonathan

        oh. xD

  • sjimmiep

    Why did Jobs want to go thermonuclear?
    And why are so many android trolls on this blog?

  • erod434

    Look when that was written Dec 5, 2011 before android 4.0 was released… While ios slows down with every update Android increasingly gets faster with each new incriment and is almost on par with ios and with the development of ART (Android Run Time) talking over the traditional Dalvik, you can expect even more speed on the incoming versions. You keep using that archaic myth that android lags without even touching a device besides the iphone…