Motorola cunningly launches tool to migrate iCloud contacts and calendars to Google

By , Oct 18, 2013

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After an appeals court last month lifted the injunction which has prevented Apple from offering push notifications for iCloud email in Germany, the handset maker Motorola (now owned by Google) wasted no time and was quick to post an interesting iCloud migration tool in the hope of appeasing to iPhone owners who may be switching to a Moto X flagship.

The handy web-based application is part of the Moto X customization tool called Moto Maker.

It’s designed to allow for easy migration of your iCloud contacts and calendars to a Google account. As Android is deeply integrated with Google’s services, authorizing an Android device to use a Google account automatically makes underlying calendars, contacts and other data readily available…

Motorola’s VP of Product Management Punit Soni announced the web tool in a post on Google+, noting “there is a long way to go, but its a start”.

“Hope folks who are transitioning from an iOS device find it useful,” reads the post.

After buying a Moto X on MotoMaker – the customization tool lets shoppers choose from 32 color combinations – owner will be greeted with a confirmation page inviting them to use the iCloud migration assistant.

The web app itself is pretty straightforward.

First, choose I have an iPhone, enter your iCloud credentials and hit Continue (see the screenshot top of post).

Next, hit Begin Transfer and  log into a desired Google account.

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Migration will begin.

Google says it typically takes five minutes to migrate 500 iCloud calendar events and 500 contacts to a destination Google account.

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Migration success.

Of course, those with multiple iCloud accounts can migrate data from another iCloud account into a different Google account.

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What’s next?

After setting up a Google account on your Moto X device, your iCloud contacts can be found under the iCloud group in the Contacts app. Likewise, iCloud calendar data will be carried over to its own iCloud calendar on the Moto X (you may want to check the ‘Calendars to Sync’ section in the stock Android Calendar app).

Google even provides a handy chart detailing how certain iCloud contact and calendar field names transfer over to Google.

The tool, created by created by Mark/Space, migrates all iCloud contacts so there may be some duplicates, but Gmail has a tool to find and merge duplicates.

Samsung also has a similar app which works over a USB connection to transfer music from your iTunes library over to a Galaxy device, in addition to movies, podcasts and other media and underlying meta data.

So, what do you think of the iCloud migration tool?

That’s a smart move by Google, no?

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  • Ignacio Irigoyen

    I can do the opposite from my iPhone (get all gmail contacts and calendar), without the need of a web page or a special tool, so it is not that impressive.

    Still making easier for transition from iOS to Android it is a smart move. If they let you do this with app, then it would be a bigger deal.

  • Dan

    Good tool. Most cellphone providers (in Canada anyway) already do this for you when you buy a phone (android to IOS and vice versa)

  • Tommy

    Lol-ed at the word “cunning”. Typical Apple fanboy writer. C’mon man. It’s just a handy tool.

    • TesticularFortitude

      That’s Christian for ya!!!

    • Jacob S

      Yeah when other’s doing it’s cunning, when apple doing its smart lmao what a pathetic headline!

      • Ignacio Irigoyen

        Hm, in my mind Cunning > Smart. But I get your point, subjective view of a word use should be regarded as an insult if is does not concur with your own subjective view!

      • Matthew Cooper

        Good show!!! Haha

  • chumawumba

    No iPhone owner in their right mind would switch to Moto X

    • Brandon

      Your probably right, but the Moto X is a step in the right direction for Android as a whole. If you like Apple then at the same time you would want android to garner some success because in turn it will force Apple to step up its game. I like the fact you can customize the phone before you get it hopefully Apple will incorporate something similar when the iPhone 6 / whatever number comes out.

      • Hwang Lee

        Right, the Moto X is like the gateway phone to Android. It’s built with a lot of Apple-esque philosophies in mind, and is near-stock Android (thank goodness, more companies have to do this)

    • n0ahcruz3

      I would :P, because i acknowledge what other oems offers and test other operating system and not bash em.

  • http://www.news-world.us/ arslion

    Moto Maker link is accidentally linked wrong..