It's pretty common for Android apps to playfully emulate hot new features from the iOS platform, but rarely have the done so as completely as Control Panel. This app apes the iOS 7 Control Panel feature, a swipe up settings toggle and shortcut screen. It even lacks substantial configuration options, thus completing the iOS illusion.

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You access Control Center with a swipe up gesture, but it's actually just an invisible button at the bottom of the screen – that has the potential to be a bit awkward. The panel has toggles for WiFi, Bluetooth, rotation lock, Airplane Mode, cell data, and various other settings and shortcuts.

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Control Center even has the same frosted glass look dominant in iOS 7. The swipe up gesture might prove troublesome on devices with on-screen buttons, but you can scoot the active area around a bit. This app is free, so it's worth a look if only for a laugh.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play.

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    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius


  • ProductFRED

    "It even lacks substantial configuration options, thus completing the iOS illusion."

    That line made the review.

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    • Herman

      + ∞

  • Spetto

    Hmm, I like the look of the control center tbh.

    • Christopher Lee

      Could be worse. Why have it not go fullscreen though? It's not like you'll be able to use the remaining space at all with the shade up anyway. My only guess is to provide an easy target to tap out of the center.

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  • cities516

    Only if it can have a holo style.

    • Benjamin Pavel

      +1 !!!

      • Matt McKee

        Just click the button and move on.

    • Dr. Alexander Breen

      Check out Android Control Center.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1610479559 Daniel Djønne Lund

    This really doesn't fit to Android.

    • Ark

      it does if you don't have samsung's status bar buttons or a rom with them.

      • Christopher Lee

        There's more to fitting in than adding functionality, you know. This app hews well to iOS7's design, which looks about as out of place on Android as action bars do on iOS (although I've noticed it happening).

  • MasterMuffin

    They should make it like swipepad so that there's no button but an area where to swipe it up

    • Crispin Swickard

      You can disable the arrow that it places on the screen by default. Still don't think I would use this unless they made an alternate holo style, and made some of the functions work. flash light, etc don't do anything right now.

      • MasterMuffin

        Yea it's currently useless and ugly, #holoyolo!

  • Nick Schiwy

    I'm already having nightmares about how terrible this would be on my Nexus 4

    • Mariano Simmons

      Its not that bad if u move the invisible trigger button to the bottom left or right side....sent from my Nexus 4

      • lewishnl

        No, it is. It really fucks with your typing or any other behaviour and it fucks with the Google Now shortcut too (which is the whole bottom of the screen).

        Looks pretty nice, but really fucking sucks on the N4

  • Imparus

    Damn I read it as a notification control center, which would have been really nice to have :-/
    at least from what we know about the API level change in 4.3, it might be possible, that someone can make it then.

    • Nick Schiwy

      Yeah that would be really cool, third party notification panels. Mostly just so we can have more customization more like a custom ROM without needing to root

  • Ark

    Good for non samsung non rom devices, I guess.

  • selonmoi

    MY EYES!

  • Ryan Stewart

    That thing is horrendous but, hey, different strokes.

  • bse88

    This is why we cant have nice things.

  • Laborin_HK

    What madness is this?! This is like that Lumia that runs iOS!

  • Brett Livingston

    "It even lacks substantial configuration options, thus completing the iOS illusion." I love it

    • lewishnl

      Well it's actually more configurable tho lol, it lets you chose what camera, calculator, etc. to launch.

      • Brett Livingston

        I'm just quoting the article that that was sly, underhanded and beautifully written...

        • lewishnl

          Sure, I just hijacked your comment to explain that it wasn't quite true.

          • Brett Livingston

            I see, not a problem with hijacking a comment to provide relevant info ;) I may have to chec...well no it's about as good as quick settings in 4.2.2 with root...so maybe I won't check it out, but I will recommend it then!

  • jahbrake

    I'm actually liking the "floating touch" app. It does all this and is customizable. 100 times better like most innovative Android ideas.

  • jahbrake

    If anything it let's iOS users know we can get and use their shit before them. The beauty of AOSP.
    Otherwise from a design standpoint it looks like this thing was perched atop of the ugly tree, fell and hit every branch on the way down. What I like to call a three bagger app.....

  • Mastermind26

    Just WHY!?

  • Andreas Brandenborg


  • vitriolix

    Where are the crazy psychedelic rainbows?

  • Matthew Fry

    So let me get this straight.. This is an Android app mimicking an iOS 7 function which is mimicking the Android base functionality?

    • lewishnl

      Yea, but it comes from the bottom of the screen and looks pretty (wreaking havoc with your onscreen controls).

      • Matthew Fry

        Well... beauty is utility here in the Android enthusiast crowd.

  • John

    I think the author of this content has shamelessly forgotten that Apple stole the control centre from Android...

  • deV14nt

    So it's like an iOS-themed version of quick settings toggles. Shown here in the old style. Now they are tiles. Only difference is volume panel is separate and brightness is not a slider. This really belongs in the notifications shade on Android.

    • dave

      what app is this?

      • deV14nt

        The quick setting tiles are built into Jelly Bean 4.2. Carbon ROM is what I'm using to display those 3 rows within the notifications instead of its own quick settings panel. Notification Toggles app is closest to this.

        And if you want the normal quick settings panel for older versions there is Antek Quick Settings: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.anttek.quicksettings

  • Martin

    Well, I don't see anything wrong with it. If anything, this again shows how powerful Android is; compared to iOS. I saw another theme on the play store called AndiOs7. Along with control center look it also has notification center, lockscreen slider & clock, weather app, icons etc. i.e. - the complete iOS7 look for android. As the developer says in the description, "Compare screenshots below with actual iOS7 screenshots shown in Apple website and then tell me if this is not the best reproduction of that.". Gotta agree with them.


  • Ryan

    Android copying machine...

  • Kevin Guinn

    This isn't half bad

  • http://www.Moridin.pl Moridin

    If you consider that frosted glass you haven't see iOS 7.

  • KristinJ89

    Android copying iOS.
    Nothing new.