Feel like you’re caught in the crossfire in the mobile-phone war between Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS? Each company would like to help you come over, unhurt, to their side.
Google has published a handy-dandy guide for giving up your iPhone for good. It contains useful tips like:
- How to bring your music and photos with you.
- How to transfer all your contacts from your iPhone to your Android phone.
- How to set up email (“Don’t forget to turn off iMessage,” the guide says.)
- How to find apps on Google Play, rather than the Apple’s App Store.
Who’s winning out? Globally, it’s not even close. In Q2 2014, Android controlled 85% of the market share compared to iOS’s 12%, according to research firm IDC. In the US, the race is tighter: Apple had 43% to Google’s 52%.
But when it comes to switching, Apple may have the edge. A 2013 survey by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, an industry firm, found that more Android users were switching to iPhones than ever before—and that Apple stole a far higher percentage of users of Samsung phones—which run Android— than Samsung took of iPhone users.