Jan 11, 2016 01:44 AM EST
Apple Inc. has always been a closed-circuit company, meaning, it has always preferred to compel its customers to lock themselves into their system. If a consumer has an iPhone, they better have a Mac, too, for better sync and services, and so on. This model has gone on since Steve Jobs took back the helm of the company he founded, and up to this week, it has been the exact same closed-circuit model that defined the exclusive, premium brand.
This week, Apple was reported to be making moves to allow a more seamless experience of moving iOS content to Android, for Apple fanboys and fangirls who are either jumping ship or moving towards becoming more Tech Agnostic.
More on “Tech Agnosticism”: http://www.droidreport.com/why-it-okay-be-tech-agnostic-common-roots-apple-googleandroid-11346
Yes, there’s a reverse “Move to iOS” app, in the form of an app that will assist users to move iOS content to the Android. The move seems to come on the heels of industry pressure, but this certainly breaks character from Apple’s almost-patented tendency to keep everything within its ecosystem.
More on the “Move to iOS” app: http://www.droidreport.com/taxonomy/term/23466
So maybe, because Steve Jobs is gone, the culture of exclusivity within Apple Inc. may increasingly change. The company’s moves in the latter months of 2015 were certainly indicative of that shift, and Tim Cook did take the heat for how he was running the company. In any case, this is great news for rabid Android fans, those frustrated with the limitations of their iDevices, as well as for the Open Source community.
In reports that broke out in November 2015, it turns out that Facebook’s employees, most likely developers included, preferred iOS devices as opposed to Androids. In those same reports, it was also noted that Facebook has been encouraging their employees to chuck their iDevices for lower-powered smartphones, so that they will be better able to empathize with Facebook users accessing the social networking platform from countries with less-than-ideal internet speeds, on devices with less power than the average flagship device used in the US. The new iOS to Android data transfer app already has a ready market: Facebook’s employees.
More on the Facebook policy where Facebook compelled its employees to use lower-spec devices: http://www.cultofandroid.com/77082/facebook-orders-employees-to-switch-to-android/
As for the stats on how many Android users switch to the iOS and vice versa, the data is conflicting. CNet presented a report that indicates that Android faithfuls were “more loyal” to the Android than their iOS counterparts, while other reports indicate that there are more Android users that flock to the iOS. In any case, apps providing an easier time at migrating either way certainly help the end-user, bottom line.
CNet on Android users’ loyalty: http://www.cnet.com/news/android-users-more-loyal-than-ios-owners-study-shows/
Gear & Style CheatSheet on how many Android users actually switch to iOS: http://www.cheatsheet.com/gear-style/how-many-android-users-really-switch-to-apples-ios.html/?a=viewall
DailyMail and iMore on “the decline of the Android,” more users switching from Android to iOS, according to their data:
More on the new iOS to Android data migration app:
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