Google ‘Change to Android’ app surfaces in iOS App Retailer • The Register


Google has began rolling out an iOS app to assist these utilizing Apple gadgets transfer their information to Android programs.

The Chocolate Manufacturing unit’s “Change to Android” app had been unofficially obtainable within the iOS App Retailer to these with the direct hyperlink for a couple of week however is now revealed for anybody to attempt.

“The Change to Android app from Google helps you shortly and securely transfer your most essential information varieties – pictures, movies, contacts, and calendar occasions — to a model new Android machine with out fussy cables,” the app’s description explains, in reference to the cable-based data-transfer methodology beforehand beneficial.

“The app additionally walks you thru different essential steps to establishing your machine, like turning off iMessage so that you don’t miss textual content messages from family and friends.”

Google’s Change to Android webpage has but acknowledged the corporate’s iOS information siphon; it nonetheless promotes utilizing the Google Drive app for iOS to shift and carry information to Android. Google did not instantly reply to an inquiry about how Apple dealt with the app approval course of.


Encouraging prospects to switch from one platform or service to a different is widespread within the tech trade.

Google has inspired Microsoft Workplace prospects to shift their information to Google Docs, earlier than it grew to become a part of Workspace. Microsoft has inspired Chromebook prospects to maneuver to Home windows 11 gadgets. Apple and Microsoft every tried to woo one another’s prospects. And naturally enterprise migration providers abound.

Apple has been attempting to entice Android prospects for years. The iBiz launched “Transfer to iOS” in Google Play again in 2015 and in 2020 launched a “Change to iPhone” marketing campaign.

Nevertheless, Apple CEO Tim Prepare dinner, in an effort to discourage regulation that may pressure Apple to assist sideloaded apps, has not too long ago been undermining his firm’s come-hither advertising and marketing by urging those that need to have the ability to load cellular apps with out Apple’s approval to purchase an Android telephone.

Google, which helps sideloaded apps on Android gadgets, additionally needs individuals to purchase an Android telephone and, after a 12 months or so of planning, has lastly deployed its personal iOS app to assist that occur.

Doing so could also be a matter of necessity for each corporations. International smartphone market development has slowed and not too long ago declined, due to financial headwinds.

In the meantime, since 2018, in accordance with StatCounter, Android’s market share has slipped from 77 per cent to 72 per cent whereas the market share of iOS has risen from about 19 per cent to round 28 per cent.

With among the iOS acquire coming on the expense of different cellular working programs, which now at lower than 1 per cent market share cannot be cannibalized a lot additional, cellular market development alternatives for Apple and Google look more likely to rely on both must-have {hardware} innovation or consuming one another’s lunch. ®


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