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A nice beginner's guide mixed with some subtle jabs at the competition

Executive Chairman of Google Eric Schmidt doesn't always post on Google+, but when he does it's usually something entertaining. Today he took up a big chunk of everyone's stream with a little step-by-step tutorial on the process for switching to Android from an iPhone.

After taking a few sentences to remind folks the benefits of heading over to Android, Schmidt breaks down the process of signing in to your new Android phone, then moving over contacts, music, photos and finally, your SIM card. One of the biggest steps that he thankfully points out is the process of turning off iMessage before moving — nasty things can happen if you leave that on before you make it to your new Android phone.

As you would expect, the comments on his post have taken off as well, with a few more insights. Been wondering about undertaking the switch yourself, or have someone that might need a nudge in the new direction? You can find Schmidt's post at the source link below.

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Eric Schmidt gives a few handy tips on switching to Android from iPhone

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Hilarious that Schmidt explicitly lists the S4, Moto Ultra, and Nexus 5, but no mention of HTC....

Handy tips from Eric Schmidt?

Like i want to take tips from a businessman who barely cares about phones except to maximize his wallet size.

Right, because executives from other phone makers are so philanthropic as to give away their phones and never make money from them.

Really, Google doesn't make $ off their phones? That's a pretty ignorant statement. It's called a business model and Google makes plenty off Nexus products.

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First off, the sarcasm meter is broken.
Next, they make squat off the Nexus line, they make it through ads that are served to all Android phones. Nexus is just another means to that end

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Exactly what I was trying to say. The biz model allows them to offer Nexus without an immediate profit. But over time especially on a KitKat phone where Google Now is even more so in the forefront. They do make money on phones that they practicality give away. I fans tend to have a hard time understanding this. Sorry I missed the sarcasm, but post like the op show up all the time.

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Eric Schmidt is a technologist first. he's already got more money then he or his heirs will ever be able to spend in 1,000+ lifetimes. i don't think money is his primary concern.

With the imminent destruction of Nokia, I think sooner or later it will be useful to have a similar tutorial for all those people that (like myself) will be freeing themselves of Windows Phone as soon as the Finnish phone maker goes out of business (and believe me, it will be really a lot of people).
Just a suggestion ;)

Windows Phone is already second place in many European countries and Latin America. Nokia will continiue to be in business for a while longer.

I'm European. There's only one reason for that second place for WP: Nokia. Period.

And since Microsoft didn't actually bought Nokia - they severed a vital limb from the company - they will not be putting the "Nokia" branding on their smartphones.
That alone is enough for people to not buy WP anymore. Because the normal consumer looks at the phone brand before looking at the phone OS.
It was the notion that "Nokia is good again" (I don't think it ever went bad, but anyway) that placed WP where it is.
Once people get to the store and ask "I want a Nokia smartphone" and the answer is "There aren't Nokia smartphones anymore", they'll just say "then give me a Samsung/iPhone/Sony"

As soon as "Nokia" is gone, so will the customers. "Microsoft" branded phones will sell as well as the Surface. No matter how hard Microsoft tries, their image problem still lingers. And the slug-pace development of WP doesn't help.

And I, as someone who has been with WP ever since it entered a Nokia phone, will most certainly not be recommending any WP devices without Nokia around to force Microsoft to move their butts to improve the OS.

As for the "while longer"...well...the Nokia L1520 might well be the last Nokia-phone made. The two other Lumias on the pipeline (cn "goldfinger" and "moneypenny"), unless the deal closes only after MWC in February, will likely not come with Nokia's selling name on them already.

So yeah. Lots of people will be moving to Android (and iOS) from WP soon.

I bought the 1520 based on specs and size, and for Internet Explorer. Not because of the Nokia label. But that doesn't hurt either.
I did not buy the Samsung Mega based on specs.
I also did not buy the SNote 3, mostly because of the Samsung name, and I probably won't use most of the extra software and SPen.
I also bought the Nexus 5, off contract, because Android offers more OS functionality than Windows Phone, at the moment.
I don't know how much I will switch between the N5 and the N1520, N5 is more portable, 1520 has a large screen that needs to be protected, but offers a stellar view!
I think both devices are Great.

Of course it won't. But warranties expire. And there's also the bunch of people stuck on WP7 devices.
That's why I said "sooner or later". Sooner or later, people with Nokia devices will be looking for a new phone. And "Microsoft" will not be the first place they'll go to. Nor the second. Or third. ;)

(Btw, I'll be jumping ship because I won't bare WP's lack of development without Nokia around to push Microsoft to do something. I've endured WP because of Nokia and their stellar quality of build and support. Microsoft's support for their own platforms is a nightmare. Simple as that.)

Right, I could see the sale of Nokia to Microsoft and eventual killing of the Nokia name to lower or completely remove the loyalty that many have to Windows Phone when they go to make their next phone. My point is that there's a good chance (although not a 100% chance) Microsoft won't leave those users hanging completely when the deal goes through. 

I'm not so much thinking about Microsoft leaving us hanging - they can't, even if they want, at least in Europe they're obliged by European Law to provide the warranty support during the legal time (2 years from the moment the device is bought).
I'm thinking about the people that:
1 - have Nokia devices whose warranty ended or is ending (after that, repairing a phone is a bigger trouble than just buy a new one);
2 - people who will moving in from current Nokia feature phones;
3 - people who only use Windows Phone because it's what runs on a Nokia device (such as myself);

There's very little Microsoft can do to prevent these 3 kinds of customer to ditch WP. Sure some will want to keep with the OS because they genuinely like it. If I had to chose between WP and iOS, I would still chose WP. But I'm not (none of us here is, I think) the regular user who actually doesn't care which OS is running on which phone.

Microsoft will keep updating Windows Phone...sure. Eventually. If the new CEO doesn't go the path Mulally and Eflop are said to aim (focus on Windows and Office and removal of other non-lucrative stuff like Bing and Xbox...and WP will go to the axe most likely).

But I don't predict anything but the aggravation of the current frustration we WP have regarding the OS and its clear lack of functionality, allied with Microsoft's lack of concern with improving it (all 3 updates we got this year happened because Nokia basically forced Microsoft to issue them so they could keep innovating on their phones...otherwise I think we would still be in WP7)

Ecosystems and familiarity. How do they work?

Those are the two biggest reasons that people will keep going with Windows phones. Very few people buy a phone because of the manufacturer, techies not really included.

Personally I am committed to Android and short of Google closing it down completely, I always will be. Who makes my phone? Whoever can give me what I want in a phone, within reason. Sony, Samsung, HTC, LG, Nexus, doesn't matter. I have had 3 out of 5 in the past, and have used them all for a week +.

Loyalty to a brand of phone is borderline dumb. You should make a list, check it twice, and find out which phone is the most complete by your 'rules'.

Brands change. Management changes. Directions change. Your needs change.

If Samsung came out with a phone with everything you could ever want, most would be all over it, no matter how much you hate the colors of touchwiz

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I'm with you on the build quality of Nokia's...just wish I could flash it and run it on android ...it would be the perfect phone in my opinion...
Such a shame Nokia went the way they did ...if they had gone with android they would have sold millions of phones ...

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I've seen a lot of iPhone users get overwhelmed with Android to the point where they write it off. I had an iPhone 5 and compared to Android 4.2 at the time, its seems featureless and very childish. Infact I had a Galaxy Nexus before the iPhone 5 and because of that, I hated the iPhone 5.

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Making the switch from an iPhone 5 to an android phone the htc one was easy for me and also I'm never going back to apple android is better

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I use both. Android is mine. Employer uses and supplies my iPhone, and requires BYOD to be iOS. Previous employer was still a Blackberry shop, but moving to Android as I was leaving.

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I'll use some of this information in my persuasive speech on why Android is better than IOS.

Sent from my Note 3 rockin Jelly Bean 4.3

I don't like how people have said in the Google+ comments how android is hard to use. I just started using Android a few months ago and didn't have trouble with it being too hard. Thought I didn't come from Apple maybe that says something.

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At this point I think I can agree as well. Something thats unfamiliar is hard to use, whether that's Android, iOS, BB10 or Windows Phone. Nothing specific about Android makes it any harder to pick up and use as a new user than any other mobile OS.

I'm the other way around right now. Taking an ipad for a test drive, and I have a hell of a time without the back button.

derp

Lol that was one of my problems with the iPhone 5s I had for a few days.. That and using the center button like it was my Note

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Some please post tips on switching from Android to Iphone. I always like Android but my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus is driving me nuts. It's been painfully slow since March of this year. It texts people by itself. It turns on the camera in my pocket. No wonder the battery drains so fast. Today it called one of my friends by itself. It even takes more then 30 seconds to bring up the main screen when I hit the power button. I've basically forced to use it as a phone and text only.

My galaxy nexus had a lot of issues at the end of its time too. Then I got a Droid Maxx. I Highly recommend it to you! No more 4 hour battery on my nexus. I just plugged my Maxx in with 8 percent battery left after 39 hours off charger. Amazing..

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Don't let that particular phone discourage you from android as a whole. Verizon screed screwed with the galaxy nexus so much that they totally ruined the phone. It's also old. When your contract it's up, go for either the new droids, the moto x, or an older droid. The droid RAZR m has a memory card slot, has great battery life, and is getting the update to kitkat soon. It also runs a very vanilla build of android, and costs either a penny or is free on contract.

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Of course Eric Schmidt didn't write this and i don't really need advice from the creepiest person in tech who works for the creepiest company in tech.
Last I heard he still uses a Blackberry as he stated not long ago.

Zombie Steve Jobs didn't write it either...

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Very easy process. Find some Apple brainwashed fool to buy your iPhone, that you grossly overpaid for, and sell it to them for a premium price because it's APPLE!!!
Then go buy a real, superior OS powered (Android of course) smartphone.
Now you'll experience freedom, ability to customize, and live outside a walled garden and closed ecosystem.

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Except that's total BS. The google play garden is just as walled as the iOS garden - and good thing too, after the early crap, spy and malware apps that were turning up everywhere. To experience true freedom with Android, you need to perform the equivalent of a jailbreak on iOS.

I use and own both iOS and Android devices. Both are mature, elegant and useful products. They just have different strengths and weaknesses.

That's debatable, bordering on misinterpretation, if I want to install an app that's not from the Play market (maybe someone's disturbing it on Xda while beta testing, whatever the reason) on any Android device I just have to tap one setting and suddenly it's entirely up to me. One single checkmark in device settings.

Further, Google's barrier to entry in the Play store is significantly lower than Apple's... They don't deny validation because an app "duplicates existing phone functionality" or whatever other BS reason Apple quotes for shooting down a competing app/service... Which they've done a lot.

So yeah, at the end of the day all these mobile devices are walled gardens, that's what makes them safer and simpler to use for a lot of people vs a PC... But there's definite degrees of consumer freedom within those walls and Android offers far more of it without even resorting to root access.

Also, if we're gonna talk about root access or unlocking a bootloader, the degree of access that gives you goes far beyond a simple jailbreak... And we even have devices that retain their warranty regardless of doing all that, and they're sold with a mechanism already in place for unlocking (if not already unlocked).

Whereas Apple is still playing endless cat and mouse games with the devs that provide jailbreak methods. Nothing against Apple btw, some of their software policies don't suit my needs but their hardware is top notch and iOS is absolutely the better choice for some people, plus healthy competition has helped both camps.

If we're gonna talk about consumer choice though, that's something Apple will always lag behind on, based on their own design ethos.

Heck if they stayed from that they wouldn't BE Apple (and by that I allude to Job's market strategy, or vision if you will, though the guy was far more of a brilliant salesman/business guy than an actual product designer).

Why would the executive chairman of Google recommend Visual Voicemail for AT&T? I was a VV user until I switched to Google Voice. Between the two, the setup requires about the same amount of attention.

IOS=used to be a stable operating system. But has always been locked by constraints.

Android=had an unwelcome start but is now and glad to see is the most popular operating system for smartphones. Better all round user experiance for customers and developers alike. And no harder to use than popping a slice of bread in a toaster lol

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iOS is still far easier to develop for. Ask anybody who codes for both platforms.

(And before I get flamed, my day-to-day phone is a Nexus 5)

Because Java is so much harder than objective C right? No?

Testing for compatibility if you're accessing certain specific device functions will inherently be harder, things of that nature come with the territory since there's so many more device choices... If your app is particularly demanding then you also have far more SoC performance platforms to test against, etc.

ACTUAL development, i.e. sitting down and writing code that runs on the OS, isn't harder (it's actually easier in some cases). The outside logistics might be harder to wrangle if you're writing a particularly complex app though, but most really aren't that complicated (outside of gaming and other specialties).

Android used to lack a diversity standard UI templates or stock elements that make it a little easier if you're totally new to development, but that was addressed a while ago... And writing an app that runs on multiple screen sizes is far far easier on Android, because it was addressed very early on.

You can still enjoy some of the kitkat 4.4 features like new home launcher, new keyboard, camera etc. on your android phone by just installing apks.
So to taste the flavour of kitkat 4.4 follow the link below..
qadooshdo.blogspot.in/2013/11/download-android-44-kitkat-launcher.html?m=1

The reason I could see Android and Apple users not really switching is because once you have purchased a bunch of apps in one system it is hard to go and buy all of them again on the other platform. I would imagine a lot of people have $100+ invested in the app store of their choice, more likely Apple users based on various statistics about them paying more for apps, especially people who buy games. I believe this is why the new smartphone users are the most important to these companies. Once you get someone I would imagine most of them will stay.

Power users, sure, there's a ton of people that don't really buy a lot of apps though (regardless of OS), and/or are still in outdated platforms, and/or just don't think logically about the money they've already spent in an ecosystem.

Plus there's new (and younger) generations buying smartphones all the time, and they don't really care what their parents have.

Also, last I heard the % of mobile phone users who own a smartphone is like 50%, has that number changed? Don't quote me on that, been a while since I paid attention to those figures.