Phone wars: Google and Apple are removed from associates, and the 2 corporations do all they’ll to sway one another’s loyal prospects into taking part in for the alternative workforce. Google hopes to make that course of so simple as potential for potential Android converts among the many iOS userbase with its new “Switch to Android” app, now seemingly out there throughout the globe.
The concept behind the app is straightforward: to scale back friction for iOS customers trying to make the bounce to Android. It permits iPhone homeowners to rapidly and securely transfer their information — together with photographs, contacts, calendar occasions, and movies — to a brand new Android gadget cable-free. It additionally accommodates what Google calls “useful ideas” for the transition and even features a operate that can assist you switch your photographs from iCloud to Google Photos.
Strangely, Google hasn’t introduced the Switch to Android app’s availability — not on the Android web site’s “Switch” web page, nor on the official Google weblog. That announcement might nonetheless arrive at a later date, however maybe the tech large will proceed to maintain it beneath wraps shifting ahead.
Google’s silence apart, this app should be a boon for any iOS person trying to change up their cell ecosystem. It simplifies a lot of the OS transition course of, which will be overwhelming to some, significantly those that have caught to iOS (or different Apple merchandise) for many of their life. The incontrovertible fact that the method is solely wi-fi can be fairly helpful — meaning you do not want a PC or a cable as an middleman.
To be clear, Google is not doing something revolutionary right here. Apple already had the identical concept years in the past when it launched the “Move to iOS” app for Android. Indeed, Apple’s app seems to be a bit higher than Google’s. In addition to shifting photographs, contacts, calendar occasions, and movies, it could actually switch net bookmarks, mail accounts, and your message historical past.
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