STAR TREK FANS have been dealt a slap in the face as the Android Tricorder app has been pulled from the Android Market.
It followed a legal complaint made to Google by the holders of the Star Trek licence, European web site Eurdroid said.
Developer Moonblink said on the project's Google code page, "Sorry Tricorder fans, Tricorder has been deleted from the Android Market by Google, at the demand of CBS's legal weasels. This all happened without any discussion or warning - I was simply notified after the fact. Since I don't have legal weasels of my own, or the time to deal with this, that's it for Tricorder."
He added, "It's apparently the graphical design that's at issue, not the name. According to Wikipedia, 'Gene Roddenberry's contract included a clause allowing any company able to create functioning technology to use the name'. Now that GR is dead, I guess CBS believes they own swoopy curves."
It has been estimated that Tricorder was downloaded over 250,000 times with an average user rating of 4.64 out of 5.
For those of you who aren't Star Trek fans, a Tricorder is a multifunction handheld device used in the films and TV series for sensor scanning, data analysis and recording data. µ
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