For users who are itching to switch from Android to iOS, Apple will soon give them a new reason to do just that. The company is planning to launch an Android app called Move to iOS, and it will let users migrate their data from Google's Android platform to Apple's own mobile operating system, iOS.
As indicated in a brief preview seen on Apple's website, the data that can be migrated using the Move to iOS app will include contacts, photos, and even some mobile apps that can run on both operating systems.
Migrating data will be as easy as downloading the Move to iOS mobile app and then proceed to switch from one's Android running mobile device to a new iOS running device. And everything will be done wirelessly. Contacts, photos and videos, Internet bookmarks, email accounts, calendars, wallpapers, e-books, and even DRM free songs can be migrated easily and safely. That bit about DRM free songs is especially significant because it would mean that only the tracks that are not affected by digital rights management will be migrated.
Freely downloadable apps (such as Twitter and Facebook) will be recommended for downloading from the App Store, and paid apps will be added to one's iTunes Wish List.
And that is not all. As soon as the data migration process is finished, users can then take their old Android handsets to an Apple store to be recycled.
Apple is planning to release the Move to iOS app in the third quarter of 2015, together with the official rollout of iOS 9, the latest version of its iOS mobile operating system which the company recently unveiled during this year's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). It was during this same event that the tech giant also officially announced Move to iOS.
Interestingly, Move to iOS will not be the only Android app that Apple will be releasing later this year. As a matter of fact, the iPhone maker also has plans to launch Apple Music, its first ever music streaming subscription service. Apple Music can run on both iOS and Android, and it should give other music streaming services like Pandora, Spotify, and even Google's own Play Music a run for their money.
Apple was certainly busy at this year's WWDC. Not only did the company unveil iOS 9, Apple Music, and Move to iOS, it also revealed some new data and enhancements to Apple Pay, the mobile payment system it developed and released in October of last year. The payment system is set to conquer Europe next month and the rest of the world in the coming months.
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