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Apple's 'Move to iOS' App Likely Rebranded Version of Existing Android App

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Alongside the launch of iOS 9 yesterday, Apple debuted a new Android app called "Move to iOS." The app is designed to help Android users transfer their content from an Android device to an iOS device. According to Phandroid, the app may not be developed by Apple and instead be a rebranded version of an existing app.


The app in question is Media Mushroom's Copy My Data, one of two Media Mushroom apps that specialize in transferring data between devices. The other app is Device Switch, and both are available in the App Store and Google Play. Phandroid took a look at the code of Move to iOS and noticed that it included references to Media Mushroom's Copy My Data app, like the tag android:name="com.mediamushroom.copymydata".
That's just the tip of the iceberg. The two applications share a vast majority of code and functionality. In fact, all of the com.mediamushroom.copymydata strings were left inside Apple's rebranded version. Essentially, the only differences between the two apps are Apple's artwork being added, the inclusion of Apple's licensing agreements, and Media Mushroom's UI elements being removed. That's really it.
As noted by Phandroid, it's likely Apple licensed the rights to use and rebrand Media Mushroom's app. Move to iOS is Apple's first Android app, and the app has gained numerous negative reviews in the Google Play Store. Of its 15,230 reviews, 12,184 are one-star reviews. Criticisms in the negative reviews include complaints about iOS, Apple, and that the app uses Apple's design philosophy rather than Google's Material Design. Apple's second Android app will be Apple Music.

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sw6lee

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I'm both Android and iOS user and I love both OS's (only after I jailbreak and root them), but I feel really pity for those diehard Android fanboys, hating so much on a brand and making so much effort expressing it everywhere online. They really need better things to do..
 
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tennisproha

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I see a lot of Apple bias and elitism falling through here, regardless of whether is righteous or not. :rolleyes:

Just b/c its an Android app doesnt mean apple should half ass it. In fact it should be one of Apple's best apps as to give prospective customers an example of what Apple is all about.
 
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bookwormsy

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I see a lot of Apple bias and elitism falling through here, regardless of whether is righteous or not. :rolleyes:

Just b/c its an Android app doesnt mean apple should half ass it. In fact it should be one of Apple's best apps as to give prospective customers an example of what Apple is all about.

Did Apple half ass it? If it works, it works. The complains are about Apple not following Material Design guidelines in addition to fanboy circlejerk stuff. If the app doesn't work, that's one thing. If it crashes, that's a legitimate concern.

Lucas Diego said:
Really?? First of all, why in the whole world, would I migrate from Android to iOS?!? I don't see any reason at all! Second of all, seriously?! An Android app looking like a iOS?? IMHO, Apple should have showed some respect and followed android material design! How does Google allow such kind of thing? Come on!!!

Come on.
 
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JimmyHook

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No. Google Apps in the App Store have good reviews. And the Apple haters/Androd fanboys FAR outnumber Apple fanboys. This is why tech blogs have learned that click bait articles about Apple generate the most clicks.
Agreed. Apple users give competing services a fair shot: gmail, ms office, etc. All well reviewed. Android fans are especially rabid
 
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tennisproha

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Did Apple half ass it? If it works, it works. The complains are about Apple not following Material Design guidelines in addition to fanboy circlejerk stuff. If the app doesn't work, that's one thing. If it crashes, that's a legitimate concern.

So the app works great? Most of the 1 star reviews are b/c of design rather than function? If thats the case than thats fine. I dont have an Android device to check for myself so
 
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Flusspferd

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I feel I have a legitimate reason to give it one star because of this: https://www.macrumors.com/2015/05/20/apple-rejects-breaking-app/

That's not a legitimate reason to give one star. Because both things are completely unrelated to each other. You usually rate apps based on their functionality. Not to score off a company.

If I would be Apple, I wouldn't want anything related to Android in my store too. If Google allows it. Fine. Their decision.
 
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macs4nw

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".....Move to iOS is Apple's first Android app, and the app has gained numerous negative reviews in the Google Play Store. Of its 15,230 reviews, 12,184 are one-star reviews. Criticisms in the negative reviews include complaints about iOS, Apple, and that the app uses Apple's design philosophy rather than Google's Material Design....."

Who woulda thought.....
 
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