Welcome to another edition of the Life Of Android advice column where we answer your questions big and small on how to make the most out of your Google-powered smartphone.
This week we’re explaining how reformed iPhone addicts can make a smooth transition to Android and it all started with the question below.
“Could you run a step-by-step on migrating from IOS to Android including your contacts, camera roll and apps. It would be great for newbies” – Michael Holms-Sharp
Syncing contacts from your iPhone to your brand new Android is much easier than you’d probably imagine and it’s all thanks to the appropriately named Google Contacts feature. Simply connect your iPhone to your PC, iMac or laptop and open up iTunes.
Click on the Sync Contacts from the info tab and then select to configure your phone with Google Contacts. Once you’ve done this, all the phone numbers of your friends and family are stored remotely in the cloud and are linked to your Google Account. The only thing left to do now is link your Google Account to your Android and voila! All done.
One of your first thoughts when loading up your brand new Android handset should be, ‘How do I load my old apps onto this new phone?’ While you may assume the news is all bad, considering you downloaded them from the closed ecosphere of Apple’s App Store, there is a bright side.
Given a huge amount of app developers work across numerous mobile platforms, especially those creating smartphone tools, the standard route to linking these offerings together is through an account. Downloads like Evernote, Spotify and Dropbox store your data remotely and will activate as soon as you’ve entered your relevant information.
Games are much less prone to do this but since you already own a shiny new mobile, you may as well sample some fresh delights from the Android Market. We’ve listed all our favourites here.
If you enjoyed downloading the latest cart toppers from iTunes before loading them onto your mobile, there’s nothing to stop you doing the same. While you won’t be able to sync your Android with Apple’s shoddy music management software, you can just drag and drop the files onto your smartphones OS card.
The same principle applies from moving photos and podcasts from one device to the other, although iTunes-bought movies are unfortunately constrained to the Apple ecosystem. If you ripped your DVD collection to the mp4 format however, that’s all fine to fit inside your Android.
The last software related difference between the iPhone and Google-powered handsets is the much lauded but little used Siri. Should you be one of the few souls who has taken the voice assistant software to heart, then Android does have a few tricks up its sleeve to compensate you.
Firstly, its Google Voice and Google Translate features are stellar examples of speech recognition technology. Check out our video review of Translate to see it in action below.
Secondly, a number of third party Android developers have also come up with their own rivals to Siri. Some are admittedly dreadful but Vlingo is well worth a download if you really can’t organise yourself without the help of a portable computer.
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That’s it from this week’s readers advice column, we’d love to hear your thoughts on what next to feature in this fortnightly feature. Be it an Android query big or small, we don’t care. This is your space to find the answers to even the most trivial questions, it’s our job to get on with it with a smile and a spring in our step.
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