Yesterday was not only a remarkable day for Apple just because iOS 9 was released that day, but also because Apple released its first ever Android app, even though for selfish reasons.
The new 'Move to iOS' app does just one thing and we're not giving any points for guessing.
The new app will help Android users back up their contacts, browser data, email accounts, message history, photos, videos and calendars so that they can be transferred to an iOS device whithout involving any wires.
"Everything about iOS is designed to be easy. That includes switching to it. With just a few steps, you can migrate your content automatically and securely from your Android device with the Move to iOS app. No need to save your stuff elsewhere before switching from Android," says the app.
Despite the intent, the app does make a lot of things simpler. Transferring contacts, for example, earlier involved logging in to an iCloud account on a desktop and exporting them. A much energy-sapping activity than what it is now.
The move is yet another step in cross-integration between Android and iOS. Earlier this month, Google Wear turned into an iOS app, thus enabling owners of Android-based smartwatches sync their devices with iOS platforms.
The new Google Wear app for iOS is compatible with iOS 8.2 and later versions, so if you own either of iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, 6s, 6 Plus or the 6s Plus, you can now browse around for Android smartwatches if the Apple Watch doesn't really impress you.
If you've already switched from Android to iOS, first back up all your content on a desktop or Cloud before transferring data through existing migration apps. Ensure that your Google account has been properly synced as well.
You will also need to add your Gmail account credentials on Mail and Contacts settings in your iPhone and all your mails, drafts and saved contacts will move over smoothly.
As far as music files are concerned, you'll need to bring your desktop back from the dumps and install iTunes in it. Sync your Android phone with your desktop and transfer all the music files to your desktop. Once done, you can add all these music files in your iTunes library which will get saved on your iPhone when it is synced with iTunes.
Apple's new effort to help Android users switch isn't just a hope that the latter will fall for it. When Apple released its quarterly sales figures back in July, Tim Cook said that nearly 27 per cent of sales went to buyers who had switched over from Android phones.
Which means out of 47.5 million iPhone sold in the quarter, nearly 13 million were new buyers who were previously using Android phones. The new app seems to be a way to make it easier for you to switch in future.