Apple’s iOS 7 Control Center cloned as app for Android

“The iOS 7 control Center is one of the most talked about features of the OS and rightly so, since it makes toggling some frequently used settings very easy,” Fatima Wahab reports for Addictive Tips.

“While we wait for iOS 7 to roll out for all users, developers have come up with ways to replicate the look and feel of iOS 7 on a jailbroken device running iOS 6,” Wahab reports. “Android developers, likewise, have made apps to bring some of iOS 7’s more popular features to the platform, and Control Center is one such app that brings the much talked about Control Center to any Android device.”

Wahab reports, “It adds an excellent and fully functional Control Center that allows you to toggle Wi-Fi, data connection, flashlight, Bluetooth, airplane mode, screen orientation and auto-brightness. It also has sliders for controlling your device’s media and ringer volumes as well as brightness level. You can quickly access the alarms, calculators, and camera. The Control Center added by the app can be brought up on all screens including the lock screen.”

Apple's iOS 7 Control Center (left), "Control Center" app for Android (right)
Apple’s iOS 7 Control Center (left), “Control Center” app for Android (right)

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Knocked off before it’s even been released.

Of course, the knockoff has no idea what Do Not Disturb, AirDrop, or AirPlay are – three very important features/technologies – not to mention music controls.

83 Comments

  1. Wait. Are we not repeatedly told that Android already has all these iOS features? Why would any such an app be necessary in any way, shape or form?

    1. Thinking the same thing, though I suppose in usual fashion they will now chirp that they do with this … Oh and iOS copied them of course.

      One thing I will say mind is can’t we employ some of these software engineers to actually get these things out beyond snail pace.

  2. It’s an Android app, not an integrated part of the system. Probably a trojan for malware that changes the user’s settings, after the user intentionally gives permission to install a third-party “app” whose primary purpose is to change the user’s settings. That’s brilliant!

      1. All android apps are malware made to steal your private data, android itself is malware made by a criminal enterprise that stoke from Steve jobs and apple

        Get out, troll

          1. We don’t need to tell ourselves anything. It’s all mainstream news sites that Android has over 95% of mobile malware, serious security flaws that allow hackers to hijack your phone through installed apps, spyware and other very serious but common problems.

            But keep telling yourself that Rome is not burning. That will help.

            1. Android HAS 95% of mobile malware : All that this proves is that Android is more targeted by malware writers. Android is based on Linux, hence for the malware to take effect, a user must activate it 1st. Scroll down and you will see why it is difficult for devices to get infected with malware.

      2. “Nope, it’s a definite app, no malware” the Green troll wrote, hopefully

        And that in a nutshell is the problem with android, anything can be malware, there is absolutely no safety or security whatsoever. Like playing Russian roulette every time you load an app.

        1. If your assessment was true then hundreds of millions of Android devices would be infected with malware but reports indicate that at the current trend only 2% of Android devices will have malware. Ha! “Russian Roulette” very funny, truth is this Android malware threat is just some exaggerated B.S. It is unbelievably difficult to get Android malware.

            1. Yep, and just because you haven’t yet found one with a “round in the chamber” doesn’t mean the next one you download won’t be it.
              That is the problem with having no security, you have… well, no security. You simply bounce along on good luck. Till it runs out…
              No thanks LGT (little green troll) I’ll take iOS and real security over luck any day.

            2. @ Tess
              There is the exaggeration I was talking about, to paraphrase you, you’ve said that Android has no security – classic fanboy. iOS has more security than Android at this current time, that is a factor when one is considering the 2 OSes. But the power& potential of Android makes it well worth the Tiny&Minuscule risk.

            3. LGT you are in denial. It is similar to the windows proponents saying malware exists for OSX and for windows so they are the same. They aren’t. Malware is rampant on windows and virtually non existent on OSX because of differences in security.

              The same is true of android, the manufactures simply don’t update the OS (the largest group of android users are still running gingerbread, with no update available for gods sake) add to that the basic security in android is simply lacking (as is a safe app delivery pipeline)

              The tsunami of android malware is nearly here, only fools can’t suss that truth.

            4. @ Tess
              Most Android users are on jellybean F.Y.I. I’m not in denial because I research. Most tech-journalists are inclinedtowards Android as the better O.S, this would not have been so if the malware threat was as massive as you make it out to be. The fundamental difference between windows and Android us that every piece of software entering Android can be regulated by the user, the same can’t be said about windows. This gives Android the security windows has never had.
              I am not holding my breath for any malware tsunami.

            5. No my little green friend you are in total denial,
              You were right (half truth) Jelleybean just and I mean just barely passed gingerbread in user % in the last month. However that leaves 2/3 of android unable to even get the current version much less get security updates. (you did realize someone just cracked androids central encryption yes?)
              You second “point” is equally naive The tech press loved windows, the most malware infected OS ever (some estimates run as high as 95% of windows machines are infected with malware)
              So why don’t y go enjoy your “tiny & minuscule risk” (haha) and quit hanging out on apple news sites, eh LGT?

            6. You want to know something really interesting… I read that jelly bean had (just barely) passed gingerbread, but that was written by a member of the “tech press”
              Googles own figures (from their android developers pages) indicate that JB has NOT passed Gingerbread and that in fact gingerbread is still the largest segment of users.
              http://developer.android.com/about/dashboards/index.html

              So yeah, you are pretty much in total denial (and the bought-and-paid-for “tech press” are keeping you there)

            7. @ Tess
              Only a fanboy can shroud themselves in denial and you have proven yourself to be the definition of a fanboy/girl. If you do yourresearch well you will find that Android malware is exaggerated I don’t use Android because it is a must, no I use it because it enables me to be more productive, much more than iOS can. If for a second I believed Android security was compromising I would just jump ship

          1. Sure, Apple products and Apple software have a few flaws and have room for improvement. But it is unbelievably difficult to take you seriously, Tessellator. Look, the subject of this article is iOS 7 Control Center. It is already being shamelessly ripped off for Android which, in itself, is a shameless rip-off of iOS by the Mole.

            You can say whatever you want, but you cannot get away from the fact that Google and Samsung are intellectual thieves catering to the masses with plastic products and upbeat advertising with no substance. And Android is rife with malware, starting with the Android OS, itself, which is Google data-mining malware.

            I don’t buy Android. I don’t buy Samsung. And I don’t buy your BS.

            1. It is hard for a fanboi to get their facts right. It is fact that only 2% of Android devices will get Malware by the end of this year. It seems you want to claim that Google is some sort of malware, well it’s all a matter of trust, most people trust Google with alot of their personal data if Google was the dangerous”malware” that you purport it to be then a large pop. will be royally screwed. As I’ve said it below, this is not the only iOS mimicking app in the playstore and it will most certainly not be the last, it just goes to show that in terms of aesthetics iOS has no advantages & functionality iOS has no advantage over Android

            2. Most iPhone owners install dozens of apps from the App Store. It’s easy and they know it’s safe. But a large percentage of Android users don’t install any apps. To them, their Android phone is just another cheap “feature phone”; it comes with whatever it comes with, and that’s all it will have for its lifetime.

              So whatever convenient number you read somewhere and quote as the percentage of “Android devices [that] will get Malware by the end of this year,” it is skewed lower. For the smaller subset of Android users who DO install dozens of third-party apps, that malware percentage will be MUCH higher. And the more “enthusiastic” the Android user, the higher the likelihood of malware, meaning the biggest fans get screwed the most. And if the malware is designed well and working properly, they may never know it’s there. Man, that’s got to be motivating…

              Just the fact that some “expert” has calculated that malware percentage number is pretty telling, about the “real world” malware threat for Android users.

            3. The sheer no. of downloaded apps from the play store begs to differ. The 2% may not be accurate but it is very close to the truth considering

              1. The Google’bouncer’ that regulates the store.
              2. Apps in the store are rated and reviewed by other users.
              3. You can assess the app permissions before installation
              4. The Google app verification process.
              5. Various AV apps in the store can be installed to detect malware that may be already in the system.

            4. 1 and 4 have not done a very thorough job, or this would not be an issue where “analysts” are bothering to measure the percentage of Android devices expected to be infected with malware. And what about other sources…?

              2. Please… Even on Apple’s App Store, you have to be wary of ratings and reviews by “users.”

              3. You “can” do a lot of things before installing, but many users will not. And you shouldn’t have to be paranoid.

              5. Why are there “AV” apps, if malware was not already a significant problem (that will only get worse)? There existence is not a solution, it’s a symptom. And users “can” use such software, but most users will not. And again, you shouldn’t have to be paranoid.

            5. Hum dee dum:

              New Android Vulnerability Affects 99% of Devices
              http://blog.malwarebytes.org/whats-in-the-news/2013/07/new-android-vulnerability-affects-99-of-devices/

              Google quickly patches the ‘99%’ Android malware hole, ball is now in phone makers court
              http://www.phonearena.com/news/Google-quickly-patches-the-99-Android-malware-hole-ball-is-now-in-phone-makers-court_id45081

              Q: So what percentage of Android phones are going to be patched against this Android security hole?

              I’m taking bets.

            6. Samsung has already rolled out the patch-fix. H.T.C. &Sony are in the process. This hole shows the commitment of Google to keep Android malware free, if you were a nexus user like me you were not affected. It also shows the advantages of open source because once a problem like this occurs it’s quickly detected and fixed.

            7. “it just goes to show that in terms of aesthetics iOS has no advantages & functionality iOS has no advantage over Android”
              If that’s the case, why then are Android devs so damned keen to copy it? I’m sure you’ll come up with some bullshit answer…

            8. The answer is simple, Because They Can. There is no limitation whatsoever. If they want to get in trouble with Apple, it’s their own choice.

            9. “in terms of aesthetics iOS has no advantages & functionality iOS has no advantage over Android”

              You realize the same can be said for counterfeit money?

  3. They can copy the shapes and basic functionality all they want, but the translucency effects (and I’m willing to bet the animation as well) — the part where the real care and attention to detail shines — looks like exactly what it is, a crummy, copied rendition on a crummy, copied device.

  4. Does Android not have a music player? This seems to be missing from the Android version leaving me to wonder what the volume control is for? And what the heck is “Long Press To Update”?

    1. Probably means to press and hold some button, to have the changes take affect. This is no doubt necessary because it is an app, and not an integrated part of the system. In the real iOS version, any changes would take effect as they are made, because Control Center is designed to be part of the system.

        1. Even without a music player app, the phone still has an overall volume setting. For the original iOS version, it makes sense to have the volume control there, along with the other media key player controls. For the copy, it is less useful, because if the user wanted to ONLY change the volume, it would be easier to use the side buttons on the phone, instead of running this app.

        2. I don’t know where you get your info from but since I use Android phones (Quiet a while now) there has always been a native music player and if you weren’t happy with it you could install any additional player that you preferred.

  5. Well that’s the beauty of Android, it can be customized anyway you want. This is even modest, I’ve seen exact replicas of iOS 7, windows phone 8 and even blackberry. But this “Android control center” is basically useless as Android does a better job by toggling frequently used settings with the notification center.

    1. Who, besides teenagers have time to customize their devices? I just need my devices to work, I don’t have time to create special snowflake UIs when I’m getting paid to actually use my mobile devices to earn a salary.

      1. Nobody forces you to customize, it’s just an option. The initial Android set up is more than functional & it can suit anyone. Customization is just a way to personalize your device, it can be a fun experience and a great pass time.

          1. Well… I would say the same as a Linux box with Windows theme.

            You test it for the fun and you quickly remove it.

            There will certainly be some users that will keep it… But I think it will be an tremendous small minority.

  6. Notice the words at the bottom: “Long Press to Activate”. Sounds like these controls don’t work in real time. You’ve got to make an adjustment and then press a button for action. At least that is what it implies to me.

    1. Perhaps because it runs in the ‘background’ in ‘multitasking’ it requires a long button push to get around to reading it in and updating. Android is known for being jerky and hesitant.

      1. So I was in the AT&T store Friday and the store manager was switching my daughter’s iPhone 3GS out for my old iPhone 4. He tested her device by calling his Samsung G4. Then when he went to test that she could receive calls he went into his recent call log and swiped left to right across her log entry. And tried again. And again. And yet again. Then he repositioned his hands to try a different angle. Still no luck. So then all the while muttering “and of course the fancy stuff doesn’t work” he tapped once on her log entry and then tapped Call (or call back?).

  7. OK, Android can do EVERYTHING but so what. You think the average consumer has nothing to do but to tinker with some OS? 4fuksakes, what is the big deal of cramming thousands of features into some OS when only a fraction of them are ever going to be used?

    By now, Windows should have every feature ever imagined since it’s been around so long but that doesn’t make it any better than what the user needs to do with it. Just because Apple doesn’t throw in the kitchen sink into the iOS, does it make it any less useful to the average consumer? I highly doubt so. I’m willing to bet most modern OSes would still be useful to 95% of the consumer population if they only had half of the features they do now. This quest for having the most OS features imaginable is just plain ridiculous.

    1. “Just because Apple doesn’t throw in the kitchen sink into the iOS…”

      Apple does throw in the kitchen sink. It is called iOS SDK. If you want something for yourself you can do with it pretty much anything you want. And when it is for you there is no need for AppStore approval process. 😛

      1. Guess what!? I’ll even go in your direction for this one.

        I was curious and checked what you were talking about. There was one paying iOS 7 theme. I didn’t find any other (Probably because playstore shows its top whatever based on geographical location)

        What puzzled me was the fact there was no free theme but only a paying one.

        I THINK this is used by people who buy an iPhone copy. Some chinese makers make fake iPhones based principally on Android. These are really crap-phones and represent only a very marginal part of the market, nevertheless do they exist. It’s the only scenario where such a theme would make sens.

      1. It’s like saying rounded corners is a sensible standard.

        In this case it’s much more than just implementing shortcuts in an UI. The functionality of both control centers are almost identical and even ordered in a similar way.

        The only major difference is that it goes top-Down in Android and Bottom-Up in iOS. Like it or not, but it is a copied feature from Android AND THIS IS GOOD. This brings really useful features to iOS users. I’m happy to see that the guys at Apple still trying to provide something useful to their user and don’t base all their decision on a misplaced “elitism”.

        Apple has sued people to oblivion for much less than that

      1. I haven’t heard many complaints from BB against Android… Let me rephrase. I haven’t heard more complaints from BB then the usual background noise surrounding any similar situation (And this fits to any company X to company Y relation).

        Apple has been much more vocal in defending what it calls it’s intellectual property, sometimes for good reasons but sometimes for really trivial details.

        In this case it’s an almost perfect copy of Android control Center. Apple used its own color scheme and its own icons… But except this it’s a clear copy.

        I think Apple did right doing it (No complaints there). It is a useful feature and it really improves the usability of iOS. The point that disturbs me is the ridiculous attempt of MDN to make it sound like if it was a ripped of functionality FROM Apple.

          1. Android != Samsung

            That said… I’m not so young. If my english sounds a bit “scholar” and has some mistakes it’s only because it’s the 3rd language I’ve learnt.

            Call me a Fandroid if you want (If that makes you feel better I’m happy for you)… Coming from someone here (MDN) it’s cute 🙂

            1. I don’t know well about Samsung vs BB IP cases, but I followed with a lot of attention what happened between Samsung and Apple.

              With being an IP expert I think I have quiet a good overview of it.

              It’s simply my interpretation that differs from the common interpretation here on MDN but this was expected… MDN is not a general IT blog but a pro-Apple blog.

              Most of the time I don’t comment here anyway. It was just this time I was so amazed by the “Android Developer copied Apples’ Control Center” statement that I couldn’t resist.

        1. Not Apple hater… But certainly not Apple lover. I use what fits my needs without any brand fidelity.

          If you would offer me a MacBook Air I would say Thank you for this expensive gift, would play a bit around and almost certainly resell it while I could still get some good money for it.

          There are too many tools I use for my daily work that I couldn’t use on a MacBook air and there are also some specs that I don’t like on it.

          1. If we Apple lovers trolled around on Android fan sites and posted anti Android screeds repeatedly, you’d have every right to call us derogatory names. Kind of like if I go over to someone else’s house I should not pee on their floor, its just good manners.

            Similarly you are the guests here on an Apple fan site which is unambiguously labeled as such. You have no right to pee on our floor, as when you make fun of people that like Apple or call them names or question their judgement.

            In short you are being a rude, and ill mannered guest. Another name for this is a troll.

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