Microsoft releasing "Switch to Windows Phone" app to lure Android users

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Early last year, we did a series of articles about what an Android user should expect if they were to decide to switch to Windows Phone 7. We found that aside from the lack of Google apps, the switch probably wouldn't be as difficult as you might expect for the common user. Obviously, it would be far trickier if you are a Google power user. Well, it looks like Microsoft might have come across that series, because there is a new report that the company is planning to launch a "Switch to Windows Phone" app to lure Android users.

Apparently, the plan for the app is to help ease the number one fear that users usually have in switching platforms: finding the apps they love. Microsoft is confident that the Windows Phone Store - which has around 135,000 apps according to the last Microsoft report - has enough apps to cover anything users would be looking for. So, the Switch to Windows Phone app would scan the apps on your Android device and let you know what is available in the WP Store, and what alternatives exist for the apps that aren't there. 

The app search mechanism will be powered by Quixley. The rumor claimed that the app would be hitting the Google Play Store yesterday, but that didn't happen, but we'll let you know when it does.

source: CITEworld via WMPU

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72 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I will definitely switch to WP next time! I will! MARK MY WORDS!! $_$

11. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

The Things you can do on An Android Phone , r the things u can neva do on any other mobile platform (Currently)...it is close to my pc experience...so its a No for me ..i am a Power User !!!

13. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Well, I'm a "mediumcore" gamer, not hardcore, so I need to wait for the WP Store to increase more games. And I love smartphones, that's why I'm always interested on many smartphones. (iPhone not included) :P

17. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

thumbs up for the last part lol but yea idk just nothing appealing to me about windows for some reason. i'd actually take the z10 or the new bb phone coming in the fall (provided the apps that i use come)

21. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

In my opinion, BB and WP is not bad at all, only those idiots keep bashing them. By the way, good luck with your choice! :)

27. jsdechavez

Posts: 814; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Agree.

23. designerfx

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

what does hardcore-ness have to do with any specific type of phone?

25. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Hmm......I know! Hardcore = Android Mediumcore = Windows Phone and BlackBerry Jailbreak = iOS DUH! :P (If you know what I mean)

29. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

If you are still referring to gaming (like your previous post), "hardcore" doesn't apply to any of these platforms. That term should apply to PCs and consoles only.

32. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Huh? But if you see the smartphone reviews, you can hear the reviewer said "hardcore gamer", I swear I heard that!

45. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

All thumbs down by Nokia wp users™ Theres no Android fans or users on this posts®

49. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Actually, there're few Android users including me and you and StreetNerd and noim1.

51. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Thats right, just imagine all the htc sony samsung and android users were posting here, there wouldev been 80 thumbs down. By android users. But sadly all of the regular posters are not posting or are bothered to come on this article™

53. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

TROLL to the rescue, huh? You must have a lot of free time to burn away for nothing...

35. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

why would u play games on a phone?! baby much?

37. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Why won't you play games on a smartphone? I don't get it!

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Just being able to do those things doesn't make it the best choice.

26. eliasafram7

Posts: 83; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

man please for one time keep calm and don't make any comment because each time u do ur comments are thumbed down more than up

62. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

See that's the thing, at least there is a choice. It may not be the best thing for some people, in that case they have the choice to not do it. For others it is the best thing, and they can choose to use it. I don't know what it is about people these days who are afraid of choice. If they're indecisive or prefer someone else having control over them, I don't know. But just because it's there doesn't mean you have to use it, but if it's not there in the first place, all you're doing is limiting your choice and potential.

89. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Wow, being thumbed down advocating for choice. Hope you're living in a police or totalitarian state, otherwise you're gonna be unhappy.

15. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

What the point of forcing myself to use a lesser platform. My money is always to get the best value for me!

24. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Nobody forces you. It depends on what you're interested or what you want. I choose Android is because that's what I want, I will choose WP next time is because I'm interested on it. It's simple! :P

28. jsdechavez

Posts: 814; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Some people are so closed-minded (like iOS) they're so not willing to adapt or atleast try out new ecosystems. Maybe they need to be jailbroken first.

81. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I did try out lumia 920 in a store. Out of the 8 apps that I use regularly, only one exist on WP platform, with no sdcard and removable battery its also a compromise in my book. Plus the phone is much thicker than note 2. Anyway, hope you find it to serve you well.

2. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

This is actually a pretty good idea. The biggest issue with getting Android users into the WP ecosystem is the apps. Maybe something like this could stimulate growth for WP.

12. designerfx

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

nobody should use WP, as they're suing everyone for patnts. That is already well known. Why support a company that's competing by suing?

18. moolotovzz

Posts: 24; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

Chill mate, nobody spends more in corts than Samsung and Apple ;) They should switch to BF, COD of CS deathmatches though, would be fun to whatch :D

20. designerfx

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

I would like that to happen instead of lawsuits for all of these companies. Honestly, when that was requested by notch I think it was a great idea. Meanwhile, you are correct that apple spends the most, followed by barnes and nobles defending themselves, followed by MS, followed by possibly google or samsung (unsure). Doesn't mean it's all for the same reasons, though. It just means that all that money has no business being spent in lawsuits.

55. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

When you feel ready to give your house and car away for free, drop me a line, okay? If not, then shut-up about the immorality of patent based lawsuits. It's strictly a matter of protecting what is rightfully yours, and Nokia does not owe it to Google, Samsung, or HTC to give them a free ride...

63. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

If im not mistaken MS gets companies to just pay royalties. The company suing everyone for patents is APPLE you speak of

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