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Apple rumored to be working on an iOS-to-Android migration app

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Apple rumored to be working on an iOS-to-Android migration app
Apple already has an app to help Android users who want to switch to an iPhone. Called "Move to iOS," the app is available from the Google Play Store. Using a secure Wi-Fi connection, your pictures, messages and content are sent to your new iPhone. According to a report published today, Apple has been asked by mobile carriers to develop an app that will help iOS users moving to Android. This would move contacts, music and photos from an iPhone, to a handset powered by Google's open source OS.

While it doesn't seem surprising at all for Apple to develop "Move to iOS," creating an app that allows iOS users to escape Apple's clutches does seem out of character for the company. "Move to iOS" is a free app found in the Google Play Store, and we would assume that the iOS-to-Android migration app would be found in the App Store. There is no word on when this title will be launched.

Today's report came out of the U.K. In Europe, the wireless operators are said to be concerned that their customers never switch from the iPhone even if they want to, because "of the hassle of transferring data." The proposed app would make this easier to accomplish.


source: TheInformation via Forbes

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posted on 10 Jan 2016, 19:33 7

1. AlikMalix (Posts: 5084; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


I guess Apple planning on making android phones. Otherwise this makes no sense.

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 20:24 2

13. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2059; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Did You Miss The Part In The Article Where It Said Apple Was Asked To Make The App By Mobile Carriers So It Makes Perfect Sense Why Apple Would Comply With The Request.

Apple Isn't Making An Android Handset LOL.

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 20:51 4

16. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11378; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Apple isn't like Google and Android OEMs. They don't have to take crap from the carriers.

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 21:14 1

23. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2059; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I Know Apple Doesn't Have To Do What Carriers Say But Even Apple Shows Common Courtesy Sometimes.

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 21:15 2

24. jove39 (Posts: 1819; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Say that when carriers stop subsidizing iPhone.

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 21:19 1

27. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2059; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


They Really Don't Have To Do What Carries Want, Ios Is A Closed Os That Apple Owns All The Rights To. If You Hadn't Noticed There Aren't Any Pre-Installed Carrier Apps Present On iPhones.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 06:08 1

48. j2001m (Posts: 2789; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


It's due to Eu rules as Apple phone are to locked in

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 06:15

50. j2001m (Posts: 2789; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


I was right, it's the Euro networks all saying they need an app and in the Euro that a big thing, this is not the USA, iPhone are not the all and end all

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 16:53

71. AlikMalix (Posts: 5084; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


UPDATE: haha, Apple denies that it's making such a migration tool - told you it made no sense - I bet buncha haters already checking for it in google play to give it 1 star rating.

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 19:36 1

2. AlikMalix (Posts: 5084; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Really curious how haters are gonna spin this one into "Apple is evil" bandwagon.

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 19:59 5

10. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8411; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Its not like they are giving us anything. It will simply allow you to do it from one mobile device to another. Funny Samsung already has such an app.

Oh and look you can go to or from a Samsung phone to an iPhone inside one app. You dont need to download 2 apps.

There are other apps that can help you get much of that onto your device. My email I can sync from my Android from Outlook to an iOS device via iTunes.

Doing something nice, doesn't make you any less evil.

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 20:53 1

17. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11378; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


"Funny Samsung already has such an app"

Your point?

"Doing something nice, doesn't make you any less evil."

Maybe one day Samsung will make a phone that doesn't lag after a few months.

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 21:29

30. catze86 (Posts: 601; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Mmmmmm... *raising hand* sir, is iOS dosnt lag too?

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 06:11

49. j2001m (Posts: 2789; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Best to see after the buzz on pocketnow for the note 5 and edge + as they make it very clear they are the 1st to not lag, so try harder, just to be clear they always say they lag, like they did for the note 4

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 10:16 1

54. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8411; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


They have. Maybe Apple will make a phone that doesn't lag after 3 updates.
You're such an idiot.
My Note doesn't lag accept in the keyboard which is where even the iPhone lags. Also the iphone has had not 1, not 2, but 3 updates to deal with issues inclusing a brand new phone that lags right after the very first update.

No Samsung phone has ever been laggy out the box. Yet even the latest iphones came out the box brand new with nothign instlled being laggy.

if that is really your best response is talkign about lag, then you a stupid @$$.

So what if a phone lags. What can you iPhone do? NOTHING yet costs as much or more than my phone.

Amazing how a device that has no extended features is more buggy and laggy than any mobile platform in existence.

STFU dude and enjoy what you like and leave me along. Ignorant loser!

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 12:11 1

60. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11378; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Here have some cheese to go with the whine and the salty tears. Let's start by talking about the aggressive RAM management of the Note 5. 4GB of ram and it has to be subjected to RAM management? Lol don't waste my time. I won't even start by reminding you how the 6S/S+ are killing it in the benchmarks.

You can't call me ignorant when you yourself is just as ignorant.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 15:49

66. darkkjedii (Posts: 19786; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Lmaoooo! Mxy, take it easy on the little kids.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 16:29

69. Macready (Posts: 843; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


I just checked my S2 after almost 5 years, just as fast or faster than when I first received it. Next nonsense claim please.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 16:39

70. darkkjedii (Posts: 19786; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


You still use an s2? Great phone in its day (I loved my s2 skyrocket), but why not upgrade?

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 19:17

73. Macready (Posts: 843; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


I have an S6 Edge Plus too, my S2 is used by my young nephew and I borrowed it for a few weeks on a hiking trip in the US 2 months ago, where I didn't want to expose my new phone to all kinds of hazardous environmental threats. Sure, it's slower and the small screen took a lot of getting used to again, but I was still pleasantly surprised by how well it gets the job done. With a blistering fast browser like Puffin, it's hard to believe its age. At the hotel it could cast 1080p movies to the TV like it has never done anything else, or download a torrent with 7 megabytes per second in the background while browsing and sending messages and attachments at the same time, no sweat. It sure was ahead of its time in a few ways.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 04:07

46. Finalflash (Posts: 2776; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


But they haven't made it yet and as far as we know, they probably aren't going to make it because "Apple is evil"(?).

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 16:27

68. Macready (Posts: 843; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


According to Trudy Muller, "there is no truth to this rumor". "We are entirely focused on switching users from Android to iPhone, and that is going great", the spokesperson goes on to say. So there you have it, one 'shocking' piece of tech news, debunked.

Oops. No need to spin a thing, Apple is still evil and debunked rumors aren't going to change that.

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 19:36 6

3. tedkord (Posts: 10263; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I'd be really surprised if this rumor panned out.

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 21:08

20. miket1737 (Posts: 2368; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


My reactions to this article precisely.

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 19:38 5

4. Clars123 (Posts: 600; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)


I think they're prepping for those who switch because of the headphone jack

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 19:40 4

5. MrElectrifyer (limited) (Posts: 2192; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Probably will corrupt your data on the way out making your transition an officially ugly one, then you might be tempted to go back...there's never a no-strings-attached smooth way out of the walled garden.

From text messages not following you even after you wipe your iDevice (gotta disable the service prior to wiping it), to paid-for media that won't play on other devices (gotta re-create AAC version in iTunes to remove that stupid DRM stuff), to calendars that just don't sync at all with other services, to contact properties that just get messed up on every sync. The walled garden is only compatible with the walled garden.

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 19:44

7. AlikMalix (Posts: 5084; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


I haven't used one app from Apple that didn't work well.

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 19:46 1

8. MrElectrifyer (limited) (Posts: 2192; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Ok, good for you.

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 20:23 4

12. ph00ny (Posts: 1165; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Wait what?

Map, Siri, etc

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 20:33

15. keithtae (Posts: 341; Member since: 25 Mar 2015)


Also Apple music, that thing was buggy and I don't even know what button to press and what they do, what is "add to up next" supposed to even mean?

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 12:22

62. AlikMalix (Posts: 5084; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Add to Up Next will add the current song to the top of the list of what you want to play next. Really nice feature that lets you squeeze a track in of already predetermined list of songs to be played next.

But I don't use Apple Music. So I got rid of it. I'm only using the simple version of that player where I have 3 buttons: my music, playlist, radio -- That's It.

You guys complain when IOS is too simple - but give you a few extra features and you don't know how to use it all of a sudden.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 11:58

57. AlikMalix (Posts: 5084; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Maps always worked well. You mean the people in Australia got lost when Apple maps was just released? Google maps has taking me in wrong fried ruins, they a building, and into parking lots - don't forget google maps was native on iOS before android existed. But Apple maps was a very good maps client and other than that article - I don't know anyone who had trouble navigating using Apple maps.

Siri isn't a one trick pony and was very capable out of the gates. Siri and maps are a developmental type services that are always updated, and refined because of the vastness of their nature. Google maps had and still has issues so does Google Now.

But like I said you are listing apps that must rely on outside aggregated data to function - Google now doesn't work all the time Google maps doesn't work all the time because of either internet connection or requested data or info, Apple maps and siri don't work all the time either for same reasons.

And this old argument that Apple maps don't work is the same argument as android flagships lag - which for all intensive purposes both are not true.

No, buddy they both work and work great!

There are many downloadable apps form Apple themselves that are absolutely great. I've used iMovie, GarageBand, pages, numbers, and so on - top notch apps.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 19:05

72. Macready (Posts: 843; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


Such a long post that already started with lies and then you expect anyone to read the rest? It was buggy everywhere and for everyone, much worse than any of the other big navigation apps. Fact. Anyone still denying that is laughing stock like that minister in Baghdad claiming there were no Americans in Iraque, let alone Baghdad, when we hear them in the background.

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 21:54

35. tedkord (Posts: 10263; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Then you didn't use Apple Maps when it came out.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 12:00

58. AlikMalix (Posts: 5084; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Ted I did use Apple maps when it came out and I had less issues with it than using google maps when it was on iOS. Maybe to someone who lives in Australia. Bottom line is - Apple maps was just assimilated and it was a great mapping client vs how long it took Google maps to get where it is at.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 10:23

56. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8411; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Right....because every single app on iOS is perfectly done from day one.

At least be honest when most of us have used iPhone. Every iOS user has had at least one problem on iOS. EVERY PERSON> The fact you didnt even claim, well if I had an issue I dont remember because its been so long is better than saying I've NEVER had a problem because that is simply an outright lie, because no platform is perfect...NONE!

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 12:03 1

59. AlikMalix (Posts: 5084; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Oh yes there were issues with Apple maps, and iOS - but the sentiment that it's utter garbage and all doesnt work right that you guys always describe it - is absolutely ridiculous and that's what I'm arguing. My point was - there's no basis that the iOS to android app would be a bad working app.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 12:12 1

61. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11378; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


+1 for the truth. People forget how awful Google Maps was when it first came out. Google Maps works well because they have years and years to fine tune it and iron out the bugs. Apple Maps had problems but it did well for its first round. They even promoted Google Maps when the app first came out and it honestly works better than the built-in one that used to be part of iOS.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 12:24

63. AlikMalix (Posts: 5084; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Truth... Apple maps in its beginning stage was so much better than google maps that was preinstalled on iOS natively.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 15:52

67. darkkjedii (Posts: 19786; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Amen to that. I remember Google maps on my HTC Evo screwed me several times. Over time, it's become damn good, but mos def had its growing pains. Sheepdroids won't admit that, Android techies (not of the XP persuasion) will.

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 19:40 2

6. iushnt (Posts: 1510; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


Smart switch app from Samsung does this.. but obviously for Samsung Devices only

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 19:49 1

9. iushnt (Posts: 1510; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


From any device (iOS or Android) to Samsung device only

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 20:06

11. HASHTAG (unregistered)


This will probably be a silent move by Apple that wouldn't be publicly announce by them if this is true.

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 20:30

14. greenelektron (Posts: 529; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


A WIN for Android users. One of my dilemma in using both ios ang Android phones

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 22:31

38. hado86 (Posts: 75; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


Steve jobs is rolling in his grave for this but it's a win for consumers if it pans out! I mean until android gets its tablet s**t together a vast amount may rock android phones but there tablet is an iPad. I think this also points to android harmony with the apple watch too.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 01:59

43. Arte9000 (banned) (Posts: 12; Member since: 10 Jan 2016)


He is in i-Hell dont you worry, icancer caught him.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 10:21

55. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8411; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Why are you so angry and people who like the iPhone. Just because you dont like the iPhone doesn't mean you have to be angry over it. Its not that serious.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 02:53

45. Stuntman (Posts: 835; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


Wouldn't they be violating their own App store rules? They aren't allowed to mention any non-Apple products. Vendors or developers that have apps in the App Store and mention anything about supporting non-Apple products have been disciplined before.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 06:48

51. Baracus (Posts: 223; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


Looks like Apple are only doing this for extra publicity for the massive fanboy wars it'll cause.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 09:22

52. natypes (Posts: 1079; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


There was probably a deal between Google and Apple. The deal was that Apple would make an app to crossover both ways and were supposed to go live a the same time. Well, Apple, 'fumbled' the Apple-to-Android app on purpose and didn't get it done in time.

One does not simple 'leave' iOS. You have to get jumped out or the other version that involves Tim Cook himself...

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 09:36

53. Baracus (Posts: 223; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


Google would never restrict Apple from making their app and wouldn't need any permission but Apple very much would restrict anyone putting that sort of app on their app store.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 12:29

64. natypes (Posts: 1079; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


I think you missed it....

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 14:03

65. AlikMalix (Posts: 5084; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


How many Google, Microsoft, and others apps are in the App Store? There are also plenty of switch to _______ from iOS apps in the App Store. What is your beef about?

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