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According to the popular U.K publication, The Telegraph, Apple is currently working to develop a software application that would make it much easier for iOS users to migrate from Cupertino’s operating system to Google’s Android.
The report claims that the software would expedite the transferring of certain user data — such as contacts, music, and photos — from one platform to the other, making the process significantly easier than is currently the case.
It’s reported that Apple was asked at the discretion of several European wireless carriers to develop the tool, which would give existing iPhone users the freedom to migrate to Android if they so desire. The consortium of EU wireless providers apparently worried that the difficulty of transferring data from iOS to Android would negatively effect a user’s decision to consider alternative platforms — which, in turn, would strengthen Apple’s negotiating position over time.
Apple has long touted its iOS adoption rate, often boasting that many more users switch from Android to iOS than vice versa. For example, during the fourth quarter of 2015, over 30% of iPhones were sold to users of alternative platforms — such as Android.
During the Summer of 2015, to help facilitate the cross-platform data transfer process, Apple released a “Move to iOS” app on the Google Play Store. The application can easily transfer certain user data — such as contacts, message history, photos and videos, web bookmarks, mail accounts, calendars, media, and even wallpapers — from Android to iOS devices.
The app currently in development seeks to address the alternative scenario of transferring data from iOS to Android.
Update: In a rare instance of the company debunking its own rumors, Apple confirmed Monday that it is, in fact, NOT in the process of developing a software tool to help users migrate from iOS to Android.
As reported by An Apple spokesperson to Trudy Muller of BuzzFeed News, “There is no truth to this rumor. We are entirely focused on switching users from Android to iPhone, and that is going great so far.”
Would you switch from iPhone to Android if you knew it would be a piece of cake?
Or would you remain an iPhone user regardless of the company’s attempts to give you more choices?