Google appears to be working on a 'Switch to Android' iOS app


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In brief: Anyone who decides they’ve had enough of Android and wants to switch to iOS can do so easily through the “Move to iOS app,” available on the Play Store, but things aren’t as straightforward when jumping from Apple to Android devices. However, it looks as if Google is working on an app that streamlines the process.

9to5Google's APK Insight feature delved into the latest update for Android’s official “Data Restore Tool” and found something interesting: mention of a Google-developed “Switch to Android” app for iOS.

The current method of moving from iOS to Android involves backing up information—contacts, photos, calendar, etc.—to Google Drive. The data can then be downloaded through the respective Android apps. It’s a slightly arduous process and doesn’t allow the direct transfer of apps in cases where the Android equivalents are available.

Apple's app for switching operating systems

The Switch to Android app appears to work by starting a local Wi-Fi network on Android (like a hotspot), rather than using a USB to Lightning cable or something similar. It’s then a matter of connecting to this network with an iPhone. Once the connection is established, the two apps transfer everything.

It seems that Android versions of the transferred iOS apps will be downloaded automatically from the Play Store. The big question is whether paid-for apps will charge users to download the Android equivalents even though they have paid for the iOS versions—yes, probably.

The Move to iOS app has been around for over five years, so the only surprise is that Google has taken so long to bring out its own version.

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Yeah, good luck with that. People are leaving the android ecosystem, not joining it lol.

Honestly for many of us, iPhones are pretty second rate. There is a whole list of things that android devices simply do better. Sadly Samsung Phones are what people always think when they think android, when Samsung's version of Android is one of the worst.

That being said, The upcomming Fold 3 with the Pen is going to be one he!! of a device.


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I just bought a midrange Samsung A71. Came with a transfer your stuff from one (android) phone to another. Easy Pezy.


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I don't care what they do. What they really have to sort out is the memory management system that kills the damn OS in under a year just by a few applications getting updated. Why the heck can't they study how crApple is doing it and try to imitate it? Get off the Linux bandwagon and switch to BSD and rewrite the whole bloody thing. Applications would need very minor modifications if at all.

I have half a mind of throwing out all the phones and moving to something like Nokia 110 which does just 2 things, voice calls and SMS. Everything else is a bloody distraction.