Migrating App-Stores is an expensive nightmare

Migrate from App Store to Google Play Store

Thinking of moving App Stores?

If your an iOS’er or an Androidian there may come a time when you decide you need a change.

Swapping from an iPhone to an Android seems reasonable and something many of us would like to do.

iPhone users, thinking about you’re next device?  Along comes Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and the HTC One, both are very capable alternatives and very tempting …

Obviously Apple, Google, Microsoft and the like do not want to loose you and by having a library of apps you have paid for is a good insurance for them, after all who wants to buy all their apps again? A single reason to choose one over the other due to application availability is shrinking as their libraries equalise, so the next risk is that you will move and find cheaper (or free) alternatives rather than buying the products again.

Example: You paid £39.99 or more for TomTom on iPhone and decide to buy an HTC One next time round, you could

1. Buy it again on Android and give TomTom another £24.99
2. Use the Google built in Navigation on the HTC One, TomTom have then lost you, probably for ever.

Hypothetical 3. TomTom do not want to loose you regardless of what device you use so they offer you a migration path and swap your licence from iOS to Android, perhaps for a small fee, £2.99 say?

All the other vendors who have competitive products in the popular app stores should be working on this as a future model, cheap apps or no cheap apps we don’t want to keep buying them!

Come on software companies keep up.


iOS7 Cat is out of the Bag


WWDC kicked off today with some exciting announcements with the many Apple fans rammed in the Mascone Centre in San Francisco … 

Let us focus on iOS7 among the many announcements… including OSX and iTunes Radio a Spotify type service.

Tim Cook started the iOS bit with a bunch of stats around usage, but it was all the usual waffle and the proof will be in the eating anyway, sorry Tim.

By far the biggest aspect of the announcement is the Jony Ive inspired new look and feel. Dare I say an Android look unlock screen welcomes you into a layered interface of totally newly designed icons, and a flat clean look seems to be the best way to explain it.

Next, Multi-Tasking for all, yes all Apps! wonder if Steve is spinning in his grave?

They talk about some great features to save battery, for instance if the phone wakes up for some reason then all apps will use the moment to update at the same time, if your in cellular coverage then update apps, don’t waste battery trying to connect only to discover your in a dead spot, sounds quite cool, Get it?

Eddy Cue took to the stage and unveiled a new Siri, well a male and female voice that is, plus some new integrations, you can turn on bluetooth and search for web results from Bing and Wikipedia for example.

One initially exciting feature is Activation Lock..an Apple attempt at the rising theft and re-use of their products. With iOS7 a lost device is useless without the owners iTunes username and password, well that’s assuming the security community don’t break it.

Available to all in the Autumn it looks like a good stab at hanging onto the many defectors, the Apple share price didn’t react that well, but time will tell and as I say the proof of the pudding is in the eating.

More from the mountain of announcements soon….

Android and iOS account for 92.3% of the Smartphone Pie


That’s a big slice of the pie even for those with a substancial appetite, like Google.

So the Q1 2013 numbers are in and its Google domination all the way …

Of the 216 million units shipped in the first quarter of the year Google, Samsung and in fact anyone else promoting Android is onto a winner

  • Android – 75%
  • iOS – 17.3%
  • Windows Phone 3.2% (of which Nokia is 75%)
  • Blackberry 2.9%

The big news is that Microsoft have leapfrogged Blackberry to steal 3rd spot. Blackberry have slipped their share from 6% this time last year to a 2.9% this year according to IDC.

Apple have moved from 22.5% share this time last year while Android grew from 56.9%, truly stunning and thanks almost exclusively to Samsung!

Source : IDC