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Android may have a new secret weapon to attract iPhone users



Android may have a new secret weapon to attract iPhone users


Google is reportedly working on a “Switch to Android” app for iOS, and now we know a little more about how the company plans to wean iPhone users away.

A little digging from 9to5Google uncovered a potential new feature that could let iPhone owners transfer photos from iCloud directly to the competing Google Photos app.

If the feature comes to fruition, it would solve a major problem for iPhone users who don’t want to switch smartphone platforms because all their photos are stored within Apple’s broader ecosystem.

While the feature isn’t guaranteed to ship with the app, it’s something Google is working on. A look at the APK downloaded from the Play Store reveals a line of code that suggests that Google is serious about providing users with an easy way to transfer this large number of images over Wi-Fi.

The code says: “To copy photos and videos from iCloud to Google Photos, follow the instructions in the Switch to Android app or learn more at g.co/transferfromicloud.”

Currently, this URL directs users to existing ways to transfer photos and videos from iCloud to Google Photos, but the dedicated Switch to iCloud app could make this process much smoother. The report says:

“It’s unclear at this time if the Switch to Android app will be able to speed up this migration to Google Photos by working directly with your iCloud data, or if the traditional multi-day transfer will still be involved.”

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It’s unclear when Google plans to release the Switch to Android app, but it’s been a long time since Apple has long offered an equivalent for Android users on the Google Play Store, making setting up a new iPhone a breeze if you cross the gap. from a Google-based device. Perhaps we’ll hear more at Google I/O later this spring.

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