Phone wars: Google and Apple are far from friends, and the two companies are doing everything they can to entice their loyal customers to play for the opposing team. Google hopes to make this process as easy as possible for potential Android conversions among the iOS user base with its new “Switch to Android” app, now apparently available worldwide.
The idea behind the app is simple: reduce friction for iOS users who want to switch to Android. It allows iPhone owners to quickly and securely transfer their data including photos, contacts, calendar events and videos to a new Android device without cables. It also contains what Google calls “helpful tips” for the transition and even includes a feature to help you transfer your photos from iCloud to Google Photos.
Strangely, Google hasn’t announced the availability of the Switch to Android app, neither on the “Switch” page of the Android site, nor on the official Google blog. This announcement could still come at a later date, but perhaps the tech giant will continue to keep it a secret in the future.
Google’s silence aside, this app should be a godsend for any iOS user looking to change their mobile ecosystem. This simplifies much of the OS transition process, which can be overwhelming for some, especially those who have stuck with iOS (or other Apple products) for most of their lives. The fact that the process is completely wireless is also very convenient – it means that you don’t need a PC or a cable as an intermediary.
To be clear, Google isn’t doing anything revolutionary here. Apple had already had the same idea years ago when it launched the “Move to iOS” application for Android. Indeed, Apple’s app seems to be a bit better than Google’s. In addition to moving photos, contacts, calendar events, and videos, it can transfer web bookmarks, email accounts, and your message history.
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