Final week, TechCrunch quietly printed the long-rumored “Swap to Android” app on the App Retailer for iOS customers for the primary time. The app helps customers migrate essential content material – similar to contacts, calendar, photographs and movies – from an iPhone to a brand new Android machine. However whereas the app was technically dwell, it wasn’t “formally” accessible to App Retailer customers by way of a search or discovery mechanism. Now, that’s altering, Google says.
Google tells us that round 6 p.m. PT on Monday, the Swap to Android app begins rolling out to the general public. The corporate says it expects the method to succeed in 10% of customers by the tip of the day on Tuesday, April 19, and 100% of customers over the following few weeks.
As reported, the app helps all knowledge sorts just like Google Drive. Beforehand, Google’s urged course of for shifting from iPhone to Android concerned customers backing up their contacts, calendar, photographs and movies by way of the Google Drive iOS app earlier than switching units. Google says the brand new Swap to Android app does the identical factor, however provides a “quicker, extra streamlined” expertise.
Google supplies a option to bodily join units to switch extra content material, together with music, audio, wallpapers, alarms, name logs, machine settings, and free apps. However the brand new app’s App Retailer description states that it may be used as a substitute of “fussy” to switch.
Along with transferring knowledge, the brand new Swap to Android app supplies different directions concerning the switch course of — similar to easy methods to deactivate iMessage to proceed receiving texts on a brand new Android machine.
Google says it plans so as to add assist for extra knowledge sorts to the app over the following a number of months.
Transferring knowledge to and from iPhone by way of the brand new app will initially assist Google Pixel units as vacation spot units, however will add assist for different OEMs at a later date.
The launch follows different efforts by Google to make it simpler for customers emigrate their content material to its personal platforms and providers by way of backend improvement. This features a latest replace to the Google Photographs app that provided a means for cell machine house owners to repeat photographs from rival cloud storage providers, together with iCloud, Fb, and extra.