Move to Android: EU carriers pushing Apple to provide an app to help people leave iOS ecosystem

By , Jan 10, 2016

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Due to complaints by European mobile operators, Apple is reportedly under pressure to provide software that would permit iPhone owners to easily switch to Android, The Telegraph reported yesterday.

Carriers contend that Apple’s decision to only provide the ‘Move to iOS’ app but not a similar tool to shift user data over to an Android device is limiting competition while weakening their hand in negotiations with Apple over contractual terms.

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“Major European telecoms operators are concerned that only a tiny fraction of customers ever move off the iPhone, in part because of the technical hassle of transferring data,” reads the report.

An industry source told the British newspaper that Apple’s agreed to develop “a simple tool” to help consumers move their contacts, music, photos and other data to Android.

“The operators fear that the lack of switching weakens their hand in commercial negotiations with Apple,” the story adds. To me, that says more about carriers’ fears over the iPhone’s dominance than anything else.

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Indeed, it is no secret that the iPhone has stolen away almost all the available profits in smartphones. It is also no secret that carriers are dependent on those affluent iPhone consumers to drive most of their profits as Android isn’t very profitable.

That being said, I’m not so sure pressuring Apple to make such an app will yield desired results. But given the iPhone’s undiminished popularity and strong pull of the iOS ecosystem, Apple stands nothing to lose were it to provide a ‘Move to Android’ app of sorts to those who would decidedly drop their iPhone and switch over to Android.

Will Apple cave to the pressure, do you think? And should it be cooperative and make it easier for people to leave the iOS ecosystem, if they decide to do so?

Source: The Telegraph

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  • techfreak23

    So stupid. With that logic, Google should have to provide an easier way to switch over to an iPhone by integrating the tool in the OS just like Apple did with Move to iOS. All Google has right now is a convoluted list of steps to get your info over. Apple shouldn’t have to make it easier for their users to switch to Android. That’s Google’s responsibility.

    • Benedict

      Same comment – There are apps for migrating for android but Apple does not allow access to their phones/data to other devices. So it is Apples responsibility. But as you know, they want to keep their customers with all might.

      • Phil Randle

        We’ll not nessesarily, Apple’s app only fetches the photos, videos, contact data from the android phone.

        Apple allows external storage devices to save this stuff, I can already do it from iPhone to my iBridge flash drive.

        Google could just make an app that treats the android phone like an inserted memory drive and they can do it.

        Apple can’t allow one service to utilise the feature and not another.

      • techfreak23

        Exactly what Phil said. There are developer APIs to access that data and migrate to a different device. Those are usually the only things that people want off their old phones anyway. Contacts, pictures, videos, and music.

    • askep3

      Exact to what I was thinking, Google didn’t make an App on the play store called “move to iPhone” or whatever it’s called, Apple did, the same should work the other way around.

    • Mike

      You can save everything under your gmail account so when you login everything is already there. So there’s not a really need from Move to iOS app.

      • techfreak23

        That will work if you save your contacts and calendars with gmail, which a lot of people don’t if they’re on an iPhone. My contacts are in iCloud, my calendar in gmail, and my photos in iCloud. If you go to google’s page for migrating over to an Android phone, you’ll see that it’s quite a messy process if you don’t have everything in gmail.

        android . com/switch/

  • Phil Randle

    Its up to those other Android manufacturer’s to make an equivalent app, it’s not Apple’s responsibility.

    • Benedict

      There are apps for migrating for android but Apple does not allow access to their phones/data to other devices.

      • Rowan09

        The app needs to be made by Google like Apple is being forced to do.

      • Anonymous

        Apple dose allow app’s to gain access so what you are saying is incorrect.

      • Benedict

        What about things like SMS, bookmarks, “downloads”..?

      • Anonymous

        Yep apple allows for sms too. By book marks im guessing you mean for chrome. Well use your google account. If you were a safari users well your out of luck because safari only works with Apple products much like internt explorer and windows products. Downloads, all downloads can be downloaded to a computer and transfer to your droid. Or better yet a cloud server. But downloads are a bit vage.

      • Benedict

        The app for moving to iOS from android supports the following:

        Message history
        Camera photos and videos
        Web bookmarks
        Mail accounts

        It is not possible to provide an equivalent app for moving from android to iOS (not with help of a PC, gmail-account, etc.) because of restrictions. So other manufacturers or developers are not able to provide an app. Apple has to provide the functionality first or do it by themselfs. That is what carriers and the EU want.

      • Anonymous

        Book marks can be transferred to chrome, i was tinker around today. So it can be done, google just needs to do it. And watch they will.

  • Franklin Richards

    Seriously? I’d like to see carriers make it easier for us to leave their crappy service and moved to another service without having to phone and repeatedly tell their call centre person “no I don’t want a better deal… I just want to leave.” Why would you ever create an app that promote leaving your own products or services. Go hassle Google ffs.

  • :D

    Which carriers? I need to know what to avoid from now on

    • I’d guess the big ones, like O2, Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile (who is different from the one here in the US), and Deutsche Telekom.

      • Gerardo Castro

        T-Mobile and Deutsche Telekom are the same company.

  • Barry Marshall

    The only reason I see is that the EU can hack the Android system a gain a back door to peoples smartphones.

  • Morgan Freeman

    Interestingly, the picture is of an HTC phone…I own an HTC phone and right there in the settings is a migrate option straight from HTC- it will transfer quite a bit of data from your iPhone’s backup whether that be on your computer or actually in the cloud. You literally log into iCloud ON your HTC phone, and it pulls contacts, notes, texts/iMessages, photos, etc. I am not even joking.

    • Lance Baker

      I have certainly seen it.

  • Himanshu Oberoi

    After using iPhone & Being in iOS Ecosystem, Who would switch to Android!

    • Mike

      People that want a better phone. I just got my Samsung Note 5 while I have an apple tv, macbook, and iPad.

      • Himanshu Oberoi

        I Don’t think so, Because iOS is lot easier & less hurdles.

  • With this logic they should also make a “Move to Windows”, “Move to Linux” and “Move to Chrome OS” application as well as applications for moving to other mobile operating systems. Where do you draw the line? Apple would have to create hundreds of “Move to…” applications.

  • Anonymous

    Hahahaha this is a joke right? Why would any company spend money on the premise of this concept. Perhaps google could make the app. That would make sense. Not for apple.

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  • Nathan

    Tell the plebeians to stick with iOS and not downgrade.

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    Silly move by EU carriers, just when privacy and data encryption has become paramount and at the forefront of every digital/tech topic, EU carriers are basically arm-twisting Apple to help users leave their secure ecosystem to the malware-ridden Android. Instead of encouraging users to move to more secure platforms they’re doing the opposite. It’s like pushing users to deliberately give away their data.