Apple is at it again, Themer gets pulled from the Play Store for copyright infringement for 1 (out of 200+) theme

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In the “are you kidding” news of the day, Themer, from MyColorScreen, is no longer in the Play Store. It was removed on February 2 due to copyright infringement. Take a guess as to whom is complaining about the infringement? Yup, you guessed it, that wonderful company in Cupertino that would rather spend time on stuff like this rather than actual innovation.

In cast you aren’t aware, Themer is an app that allows you to change the theme on your Android device with pretty much one-click. At the time of the pull down, there were over 200 themes to choose from. Now get ready for this…..Apple is complaining about only one of those themes. The theme is called “Seven” and Apple says it uses icons that infringe on its own patents. There is no question that the theme (pictured above) does look like iOS, but who the hell cares?

The Themer Google+ page posted a “Letter from our CEO” post detailing all the specifics. They do plan on bringing the app back, but there is no timetable. Current users will be supported though……

Current users will continue to be supported with new themes daily and assistance with any software issues via support.themerapp.com.

There are 12 people that spend all day, everyday, working on about Themer, and this situation, while frustrating and a bit disheartening, has not detracted from our resolve and mission. We graciously thank everyone who has downloaded Themer, shared a theme, or recommended the app to their friends. And to those who want to try Themer for the first time but can’t: we’ll be back up soon. In the meantime, please enjoy our videos on: http://www.themerapp.com/

Please feel free to send any questions or comments to: support@themerapp.com. You will get a response.

Once again, great job Apple!!

source: +Themer
via: TechCrunch


About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.


  • gopadge

    WTF? You can get a PATENT on an icon?

  • Smockonallama

    Yes, it infringes on patents for artwork. Every company, including google, has a team of lawyers that handle this. Regardless of who created the original icon, you are not allowed to steal artwork and call it your own.