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Apple reportedly forced to make Android switch tool

Apple may have agreed to produce a tool that makes switching to Android a lot easier.

Moving from iOS to Android isn’t as easy as it could be for many people – particularly those who exclusively use Apple’s own services for managing contacts, music and photos. That could be set to change.

According to a Telegraph report published over the weekend, Apple is finally bowing to pressure from mobile operators to make the switch from iOS to Android easier for customers.

Apparently, Europe’s major operators are concerned that only a tiny portion of their customers ever switch from iOS to Android. They feel that part of the reason for that is the hassle involved in transferring data between the two platforms.

This lack of switching hampers negotiations with a dominant Apple, which also means that operators can obtain better margins from Android phone contracts.

There are no details on the precise nature of this iOS-to-Android tool, nor when we might see it released.

Related: How to switch from iPhone to Android: A simple guide to going Google

Back in September, Apple did make a platform-switching tool available, but that was the Move to iOS app intended for the opposite journey. We doubt it will be in a huge rush to complete the platform-switching job.

However, Apple has come under considerable legal pressure from Europe in recent times, so it might want to make nice on this occasion.

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