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Apple’s ‘Move to iOS’ app makes it easy to switch from Android


Apple’s upcoming mobile platform apparently comes with a new app called “Move to iOS” that wirelessly transfers data from Android devices to iPhones and iPads. It was curiously skipped over during the company’s WWDC keynote earlier, but Daring Fireballpoints it out buried underneath all the new features on the iOS 9 preview page. The page doesn’t go into details, but “Move to iOS” will presumably be available on the Play Store, so you can download it on an Android device — right next to Apple’s other upcoming Android app — to enable wireless transfer.

Apple says the process can securely copy over “your contacts, message history, camera photos and videos, web bookmarks, mail accounts, calendars, wallpaper, and DRM-free songs and books.” Plus, it marks your free apps like Facebook as suggested downloads in the App Store, adds paid ones to your iTunes Wish List and “helpfully” suggests recycling that old Android phone. It’s unclear when the app’s Android part will hit Google’s app marketplace, but you might be able to check the iOS 9 version as soon as July if you sign up for public beta access.

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