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Google posts handy guide for folks switching from iPhone to Android



With the upcoming releases of the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google thought it wise to create a nice, simple guide for those compelled to switch from iPhone to Android. It’s no doubt a hard counter to Apple’s similar move when introducing their new bigger iPhones (because bigger iPhones means folks will leave Android in droves, mirite?).

The guide isn’t terribly in-depth, but it does touch on four of the most important things you might want to get situated upon first moving to your new platform. Here’s what it’ll show you:

  • How to bring your photos and music
  • How to transfer contacts
  • How to setup email and messaging
  • How to find your favorite apps

Of course, there is much more to learn in the vast world of Android and all the greatness that exists within Google Play, but if you aren’t sure where to begin then this wouldn’t be a bad resource to use. We have a feeling you won’t be needing Apple’s guide once you get a taste of what Android has to offer.

[via Google]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. I’d be nice if Google offered an “icloud”-like backup and restore feature so we can move from one Android device to another without any headaches. We shouldn’t have to root our phones to get basic backup/restore features.

    1. That’s more or less coming with L

      1. I’m really hoping so, but I haven’t seen anyone confirm that DATA is restored, only apps reinstalled.

        1. Yea, don’t think data is restored, but depends on what kind of apps though. Root and Titanium backup is my favorite :)

          1. That’s what I do, but:

            a) rooting voids your warranty
            b) most non-tech savvy users won’t know how to root (and shouldn’t do it!).

            if you’ve ever used an ios device, restoring a dream. You can have a new device setup in minutes with all your apps and data restored to exactly the same as it was on your previous device.

        2. I read that app data will not be restored. You still need root and Titanium Backup to do that.

          1. That’s useless then. :(

          2. Exactly

          3. Really? That sucks. I don’t wanna loose my Kingdom Rush stars, especially when the guy made it unachievable with the latest upgrade.

  2. The most important question is how not to pay again for the apps you have in your library.

  3. They already have one its called Google drive. But I forgive you because unlike apple google won’t read it for you. It doesn’t require root, but it requires you to use your brain

  4. If you really need the data and don’t want to root use Helium. There is always an option.

  5. That may be true but that simplicity comes with a cost. So far no one has posted private nude photos from google drive. Beware of security issues with icloud. Also if you can’t use your common sense to learn to backup on your own never lose you apple Id password or get an activation brick if you lose your email password also. Educating yourself and learning how to backup locally is invaluable.

  6. I don’t think I’ve ever needed app data that
    Badly but I’d take rooting over trusting
    Icloud any day. Use the easy way just
    Don’t be surprised if somebody steals your app
    Data from icloud.

  7. How many Nexus devices are they realistically going to sell? Really! Those things don’t sell. Apple sold 20 million iPhones 6/6 Pluses in the first week and there were 20 million preorders in China. What! That’s bananas! Off the meat hook! Don’t be delusional! Not even Samsung can out sell iPhone. Furthermore, research shows somewhere in the neighborhood of 35% of new iPhone users are Android converts. While around 7% of new Android users are iPhone converts. Big difference! Look, in the race to sell large phones, Apple is way out in front and once those customers choose iPhone, they are lost to the competition. This guide is in response to Apple’s earlier guide to Android switchers. The major difference being, Apple’s guide will see more uptake.

    1. You’re only off by 50%. Apple sold 10 million in the first week. Unfortunately all but two were returned after the #bendgate debacle. Apple is good at making unremarkable slabs of aluminum that cannot multitask or keep their original shape.

  8. And if the whole computer illiterate world jumps off a cliff I won’t follow. The blind leading the blind. Android for life!!!! Itards I’m a sucker I’m a follower not a leader. I don’t know my butt from my elbow. I want apple to think for me since I can’t think on my own. Apple is a big cry baby sue and ban the competition because its technology is outdated. The brainwashing is even wearing off in the united states now. More and more Android phones on the street every day. The apple monopoly regime is over! People who believe everything apple says are dillusional. Google wallet will clash with apple pay soon. Apple copies and say they created everything. We shall soon see. More security breaches in icloud.who care s about just nexus devices if any android OEM wins apple loses. The Army is coming. Choice options unlimited.

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