In the battle of the Smartphones, Android has come abreast of iPhone and users are playing tag between the two systems in a frenzy never seen before. With each new release of hardware, users are jumping ship to test it out, and an ever-growing number of iPhone users are giving Android a try. One of the biggest problems with going from one operating system to another has been the conversion of data.
The fact that a multitude of apps exist to ease in the transfer of data from previous Smartphones to a new one shows the need does exist for quick data transfer. Sometimes, the inability to ensure transfer of a user’s data is the deciding factor as to whether or not the user gets a new phone of a different type at all. Most people these days have solved the problem by bowing to the inevitable and signing up for Gmail accounts. Gmail accounts store contacts, calendars, SMS messages and task lists that are accessible across many different types of mobile platforms, from iOS and Windows phone to Android, which relies nearly entirely on the user having a Gmail account.
Still, there is no question that even having a Gmail account as a “master” account ( from which you pull your mobile data on any platform) it doesn’t change the fact that transferring data from one smartphone to a new one is daunting for some people. Samsung has decided to help make the process easier by offering their own program to pull data from an iPhone into a new Samsung Android phone.
The application, Easy Phone Sync, is now being offered free to new Samsung phone users, which allows them to port iTunes music, videos, pictures, texts, podcasts and SMS from iTunes into a new Android device.
While data transfer of this kind is almost always flawed somewhere, and one should expect that some things will not transfer no matter what, a program like this is a big difference for new Android users looking to make the switch. Previously, Android users had to rely on 2-3 different apps designed to transfer different types of data. This app does all of it in one.
Sadly, it seems only to be available for the Samsung galaxy series of devices, but perhaps developers can reverse engineer it and we can finally expect a universal app that does the same thing in the near future.