Don't know what to buy for a friend or family member this holiday season? If Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt had his way, everyone would purchase Android devices for those who already own iPhones and iPads. That's his suggestion in his latest blog, and he even goes so far as to give step by step instructions on how to purchase, activate and hand over a sparkly new Android phone.
"Many of my iPhone friends are converting to Android," Schmidt writes on Google Play. "The latest high-end phones from Samsung (Galaxy S4), Motorola (Verizon Droid Ultra) and the Nexus 5 (for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile) have better screens, are faster, and have a much more intuitive interface. They are a great Christmas present to an iPhone user!"
Schmidt goes on to claim that like the people who moved from PCs to Mac and never looked back, potential customers will switch from iPhone to Google's OS and never switch back. Why? Because everything will be in the cloud and backed up. He even claims that 80 percent of the world, according to the latest surveys, agrees on Android.
The instructions of moving from iPhone to Android are rather easy to follow. Set up the Android device, update the iPhone or iPad, download and install Google's Music Manager on the PC or Mac, then take the SIM card out of the iOS device and shove it into the Android phone. During this process, iPhone owners should also turn off iMessage and back up all contacts to iCloud. As for images, copy those to the desktop's hard drive.
"It's probably easiest to backup your iPhone photos to the Mac, but not copy the old photos to the Android phone,"Schmidt writes. "New photos you take on the Android phone will automatically be backed up to your photos in the Gmail account (Auto-Upload is normally enabled) so no action is required. If the old photos are important, send them to Gmail and download into the Android phone or upload them to Google+."
"Be sure to use Chrome, not Safari; its safer and better in so many ways. And it's free," he adds. "Be sure to use two-factor authentication for your Gmail and Google accounts. Makes it very hard for someone to break into your Gmail."