Google quietly launches its awaited ‘Swap to Android’ app on iOS • TechCrunch


Final yr, reviews started circulating that Google was creating a “Swap to Android” app for iOS customers trying to make the soar from iPhone to a smartphone operating Google’s Android OS. Now that app has arrived. On Monday, Google quietly launched the Swap to Android app on the App Retailer in various international markets, together with the U.S. As anticipated, the app guarantees to make the transition between cell platforms simpler to handle by serving to customers import their contacts, calendar, photographs, and movies to their new Android telephone.

The app additionally instructs customers the best way to flip off Apple’s iMessage with the intention to get textual content messages on their new system and has them join with iCloud emigrate their photograph and video library to Android.

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Google’s Swap to Android web site has not but been up to date to point the brand new app is obtainable and the corporate hasn’t formally introduced its launch. The app can be not showing on Google’s developer web page on the App Retailer or in App Retailer search outcomes. It may possibly solely be discovered when clicking the direct hyperlink.

At present, the Swap to Android web site guides customers by means of the usual course of for transferring to Android which entails customers backing up their contacts, calendar, photographs, and movies through the Google Drive iOS app earlier than altering units.

The corporate’s plan to develop a standalone app for iPhone-to-Android switchers was first uncovered final yr, when the web site 9to5Google dug into the code inside Android’s official Information Restore Instrument and noticed a reference to a Google-developed Swap to Android app for iOS. The location simply final month famous the app appeared to have gained the flexibility mechanically migrate a customers’ photographs and movies from iCloud to Google Images, additionally based mostly on mentions in one other Android app’s code.

There have been different hints that Google has been working to make it simpler for customers to shift their media content material to its personal platform and companies by means of backend developments. Not too long ago, Google introduced an replace to the Google Images app that provided a manner for cell system house owners to repeat over photographs from rival cloud storage companies, together with iCloud, Fb and others. Earlier than, transfers needed to originate from Fb or iCloud, not from Google’s app itself.

Sadly, one factor Google’s new Swap to Android iOS app doesn’t assist with is migrating a customers’ functions. That is seemingly on account of limitations as to what third-party apps can entry on the person’s system. Apps aren’t alleged to scan the person’s iPhone to extract a listing of all the opposite apps a person has put in, that’s.

In its App Retailer description, the brand new app promotes its potential to deal with transferring customers’ content material between units with out the usage of “fussy cables,” that means the 2 telephones don’t need to be bodily linked collectively to finish the method, as an added perk.

Google’s app is arriving a few years after Apple’s app that helped swap Android customers to iPhone. Again in September 2015, Apple launched its Transfer to iOS app for Android customers which, notably, was its first app on Google Play (apart from these from its acquisition Beats.). Equally, its app helped emigrate customers’ knowledge together with their Digital camera Roll, Messages, Google Account, Contacts, and Bookmarks.

The app is publicly obtainable from the URL right here:

Google didn’t present remark forward of publication, however later reached out to alert us to the truth that the app will not be at present obtainable for obtain within the iOS app retailer — as we had already famous in our authentic story above.

Up to date 4/13/22, 3:50 PM ET with Google’s remark.  




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