In line with Apple’s debut app for Android, the Move to iOS app – which makes transferring of data from an Android phone to an iOS phone much easier, Microsoft has released a similar app with the intention to make it easier for Android users to switch over to Windows phone.
Microsoft’s latest Android app is called AppComparison, which, as the name suggests, compares the apps on a user’s Android phone to the ones that are and are not available in Windows Store.
The app allows users a brief about the apps that they are going to miss once they switch over a Windows 10 mobile from the Android phone. To compensate the loss, the app will suggest similar apps that do the same function and are available on the Windows platform.
Apple was a step ahead in launching an app that made sure users do not face much difficulty while switching over to iOS platform. Though Move to iOS is actually about transferring of the user data from their Android to iPhone device, Microsoft’s latest entrant in the PlayStore is solely about the apps. The other difference between the two being this app can be downloaded even before you buy a Windows phone and run a comparison, Move to iOS is of beneficial only when the users have actually made the transition.
In the Android app “Switch to Windows Phone”, we are offering you two ways to move your data from an Android phone to Windows Phone. You need this WP app if you choose WiFi way in the Android app. If you’ve already set up your Windows phone. You’ll be able to move your contacts, text messages, photos, videos, and music over directly using virtual Wi-Fi. You do not need any network, real WiFi router or account,
stated Microsoft in a blog post.
The main reason behind the launch of AppComparison is to target those users who feel that there are not that many apps on the Windows platform than the Android PlayStore — which, even if MS finds hard to digest, is a fact!. Microsoft feels that suggesting a replacement for the apps might propel the users in making the transition sooner than later.
Anyways, lets hope Microsoft’s AppComparison doesn’t meet the same fate as Apple’s ‘Move to iOS’. To rad on about the welcome the droid community gave to Apple’s first Android app, take a look at this. Microsoft though, being a seasoned Android player (Office, OneNote and Outlook apps), might just fare well.