Apple working on iOS-to-Android migration tool - report

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Apple is reportedly in the process of developing on a new software application that would make it easier for iOS users to make the move to Android, transferring personal data more quickly from Apple's operating system to Google's.




Data made available for migration with the application could include contacts, music, and photos, according to The Telegraph. There is no word on when such a tool would be made available, if at all.

Apple is said to have taken on the project at the behest of European wireless carriers. Those companies worry that the difficulty of moving from iOS to Android may prevent users from considering alternative devices, strengthening Apple's negotiating position.

Apple has long boasted that many more users switch from Android to iOS than in the other direction. In the fourth quarter of 2015, nearly one-third of consumers who bought a new iPhone to replace an older smartphone came from Android.

To help that process along, Apple last summer released a "Move to iOS" application on the Google Play Store. The application can transfer contacts, message history, photos and video, Web bookmarks, mail accounts, calendars, DRM-free media, and wallpapers automatically from an Android device to a new iOS device.
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  • Reply 1 of 34
    dugbugdugbug Posts: 283member
    I call BS on this one.
    SpamSandwichjbdragonmonstrosityargonautcali
  • Reply 2 of 34
    cornchipcornchip Posts: 1,389member
    Well that certainly is interesting if true…
  • Reply 3 of 34
    boredumbboredumb Posts: 1,416member
    As the article gently hints, the only reason for doing this would be more easily to monitor how many more people switch to iOS than from it...
    Which could give Apple more, not less, leverage with those carriers.
  • Reply 4 of 34
    I would tend to agree that the data would be helpful. It would also show a bit of overconfidence which maybe is ok. Having a tool to convert is not going to make people switch. Anyone who has used both platforms will understand quickly why Apple has such high customer satisfaction ratings.
    linkmanstevenozjony0
  • Reply 5 of 34
    plovellplovell Posts: 804member
    I can totally see Apple doing this. Sure, some people will switch but most of those probably would anyhow, just with more difficulty. This will enhance Apple's reputation for customer support, not diminish it.
    asdasd
  • Reply 6 of 34
    linkmanlinkman Posts: 928member
    I would tend to agree that the data would be helpful. It would also show a bit of overconfidence which maybe is ok. Having a tool to convert is not going to make people switch. Anyone who has used both platforms will understand quickly why Apple has such high customer satisfaction ratings.
    I recently had a co-worker get his iPhone stolen and he went cheap on the replacement with an Android phone. 4 days later he bought a replacement iPhone.
  • Reply 7 of 34
    If European carriers want this they should ask Apple's competitors to make it. Normally you don't trust a company to do a good job of making it easier for people to go to the competition. Unless they are all acknowledging that only Apple can do a good job of this? It certainly doesn't look like a vote of confidence for Android. I agree that it would make Apple look quite cocky.
    chiajony0
  • Reply 8 of 34
    asdasdasdasd Posts: 5,317member
    AT&T have this in the US. 
  • Reply 9 of 34
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 21,095member
    plovell said:
    I can totally see Apple doing this. Sure, some people will switch but most of those probably would anyhow, just with more difficulty. This will enhance Apple's reputation for customer support, not diminish it.
    IMHO this is not simply because carriers would like the option to be available but instead to get out ahead of an EU antitrust investigation concerning contracts between EU carriers and Apple.
  • Reply 10 of 34
    Why would Apple do this? Boo-hoo for European carriers. What, they're gonna stop selling iPhones if they don't get their way? 
  • Reply 11 of 34
    mac_dogmac_dog Posts: 703member
    apple will do it they'll be slapped with another bullshit lawsuit.
  • Reply 12 of 34
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 7,300member
    Why would Apple do this? Boo-hoo for European carriers. What, they're gonna stop selling iPhones if they don't get their way? 

    Articles I have read about this elsewhere bring up the thought of European Union concerns about competition. They have already mandated the USB charging port standard so it is logical to assume they want users to be able to move from one platform to another with as little hassle as possible. It wouldn’t surprise me to see those idiots mandate the 3.5mm headphone jack. They’d even try forcing all apps to be cross-platform if they had their way. All in the name of consumer protection of course. 
  • Reply 13 of 34
    Why would Apple do this? Boo-hoo for European carriers. What, they're gonna stop selling iPhones if they don't get their way? 

    European consumer protection laws would cause just that, yes. Neither Apple nor the phone suppliers want this, and Apple isn't going to go in a hissy fit and whine on the internet about it. They want to make money, they'll comply with law.
  • Reply 14 of 34
    coolfactorcoolfactor Posts: 1,529member
    How about fixing that SMS delivery issue first? You know telecommunication network is identified by phone number - not "random objects" in iCloud (cause of misdelivery to wrong devices or non-existent devices).
    Why peed in your corn flakes this morning? Isn't this a dead issue or does it still exist? Isn't it easy to unregister a phone number from iCloud now? I would blame this problem more on the archaic telecommunications industry than on iCloud. The iCloud network should be able to interrogate which device a phone number is associated with, but clearly that's not possible.
  • Reply 15 of 34
    alruialrui Posts: 29member
    Isnt this bass ackwards? Why help people leave you OS?
  • Reply 16 of 34
    coolfactorcoolfactor Posts: 1,529member

    If European carriers want this they should ask Apple's competitors to make it. Normally you don't trust a company to do a good job of making it easier for people to go to the competition. Unless they are all acknowledging that only Apple can do a good job of this? It certainly doesn't look like a vote of confidence for Android. I agree that it would make Apple look quite cocky.

    I think this is a great move by Apple. It shows their confidence. They know that they are going to continue to get more and more customers, because they have a better product. And if they show that there is an easy way to switch away from an iPhone, then that lowers the barrier even further for buying an iPhone. Good all around.
    chiawaterrocketsargonautstevenoz
  • Reply 17 of 34
    dugbug said:
    I call BS on this one.
    I agree
  • Reply 18 of 34

    tele1234 said:
    Why would Apple do this? Boo-hoo for European carriers. What, they're gonna stop selling iPhones if they don't get their way? 

    European consumer protection laws would cause just that, yes. Neither Apple nor the phone suppliers want this, and Apple isn't going to go in a hissy fit and whine on the internet about it. They want to make money, they'll comply with law.
    Well eventually after passing off a judge and being threatened with contempt of court. But untill it's released I think I'd rather believe in something more likely like sog banning himself.
  • Reply 19 of 34
    sdw2001sdw2001 Posts: 17,061member
    Unless Apple sees this as an advantage, they should tell the Europeans to eat it.  
  • Reply 20 of 34
    boltsfan17boltsfan17 Posts: 2,175member
    Honestly, nobody knows how to make self-driving cars. Only arrogant ignorant can tell you could develope that technology. It will not work in extreme situations as it cannot predict mulltidimensional problem. Technique of driving (and I am performance instructor) requires predictive decisions like on chess board that includes instincts and local cultural behaviors. That cannot be computed at all. the only way to make self-driving car is to replace all human driven cars with them and simplify rules of traffic. If this was possible then tell me why we do not have commercial aircrafts to apply this technology fully and stop having pilots onboard? Also self-driving is completely differnt dimennsion than electric and I see some jerks confusing this. In fact you could make self-driving combustioon engine cars the same as elecrtric - nothing has to do with other.
    I have no idea what I just read. Huh?
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