Motorola Migrate eases the process of switching from iPhone to Android.
The iPhone is a top-tier business phone, offering speedy performance, a stable and secure computing environment, and the best selection of productivity apps available in the mobile space. The Android platform, in contrast, promises a more open and customizable environment for power users, as well as a much broader selection of smartphone models. But even if you're longing to make the jump to Android, switching can be a tedious process: You must transfer your data piece by piece via a cloud storage platform such as Dropbox, or move it over to your desktop computer and then load it manually onto your Android device a via USB connection. Previously, there was no good way to keep some types of data, such as text messages, while making the jump.
Now, Motorola has a new tool to ease the process. This week, the company updated the Motorola Migrate app to include iCloud support. Previously, the app allowed users to transfer key information —such as photos, videos, text messages, call history, contacts and calendar events — from one Android smartphone to another. It worked by establishing a direct Wi-Fi connection between the two and then initiating the transfer. Now, the tool gives you the ability to log in to your iCloud account directly, so you can quickly and easily transfer all of your critical data from your iPhone to your new Android phone wirelessly, with just a few taps.
But there's one big catch: Because it's Motorola's app, Migrate only works to help you switch from the iPhone to a Motorola Android phone. But that's not such a bad deal, considering the great selection of business phones the manufacturer offers. The Moto X, for example, is one of the best smartphones on the market, with productivity-boosting features such as touchless controls and an "active" display that shows your notifications on-screen even when the phone is in standby mode. And the Droid Maxx is a powerhouse smartphone with one of the longest-lasting batteries on the market, making it a good pick for business users who depend on their smartphone to last through the end of a workday — or even two. And the Moto G is one of the fastest and most feature-packed budget smartphones on the market.