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

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.

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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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42 months ago
Android users: "Let's give this app one star just because we hate Apple and iOS and not because we have a legitimate reason to give it one star!"
Rating: 88 Votes
42 months ago
For all the complaints Android users give about Apple users being iSheeple, they sure are circlejerky...
Rating: 47 Votes
42 months ago

good, apple should focus on apple products not android apps

That doesn't make a lot of sense in reference to Android apps specifically designed to make it easier to start using Apple products.
Rating: 27 Votes
42 months ago

that the app uses Apple's design philosophy rather than Google's Material Design


Because Google uses Apple's design philosophy for its iOS apps, rather than its own:


Rating: 25 Votes
42 months ago
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..
Rating: 25 Votes
42 months ago

To be fair the same would probably happen in reverse. Fanboys will be fanboys, regardless of the platform.


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.
Rating: 24 Votes
42 months ago

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
Rating: 23 Votes
42 months ago

Android users: "Let's give this app one star just because we hate Apple and iOS and not because we have a legitimate reason to give it one star!"


Yeah, and if Google made an app for moving to iOS (and Apple allowed it in) there wouldn't be a lot of 1 star ratings because it's about moving to Android.
Rating: 17 Votes
42 months ago
I'm just pissed off that some of them are complaining that the app isn't "material design." Oh, I'm sorry; last I checked Google gave iOS the finger and made everything in their own style.
Rating: 15 Votes
42 months ago
Android enthusiasts are especially hostile and protective of their platform. They're not just fans, but extremists. The irony is that they call any and all Apple users fanboys, when theyre the ones who behave irrationally and sheepishly. It literally pains them to see Apple successful. Whereas on iOS, Google apps are consistently some of the most used apps on the platform. As well as Microsoft apps. Apple users are apparently such fanboys, yet the majority of serious Apple fans seem to behave with a level of maturity that makes these Android enthusiasts look like children.

Funny how they complain about the UI. They hate Apple products, yet every single one of their Android products has significant Apple influence. Obviously iOS has some influences from Android, but not the fundamental framework of how the entire interface works. It just always makes me laugh. Someone saying "I hate Apple products!" While typing on a glass multitouch display virtual keyboard that has the letters appear above your finger when pressed, inside of a WebKit browser, scrolling with momentum based physics that makes the page feel like it's floating, inside of a black or white rectangular slate that has the entire front surface covered by glass including the bezels. Yea, they hate the iPhone so much, that's why they use a phone that functions exactly the same way.
Rating: 15 Votes

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