Google CEO Eric Schmidt Posts a Guide on How to Switch from iPhone to Android

Google CEO Eric Schmidt yesterday published ‘Eric’s Guide: Converting to Android from iPhone’ on his Google+ account, encouraging people to switch to Google’s operating system from Apple’s smartphone.

Google’s executive chairman took to Google+ today to share tips and best practices for abandoning Apple’s ecosystem in favor of Google’s. Photo: Panorama Mercantil/ Flickr

Of course, it is natural for Google Chairman Eric Schmidt to want people run only Google Android operating system. Therefore, he takes a very straightforward way to convert iPhone users into Android religion. Eric Schmidt has posted his own step-by-step guide to backing up data on an iPhone and getting it onto a new Android device on his personal Google+ page.

Apple and Google are both fighting for control of the mobile computing space with the companies’ respective mobile operating systems battling it out on both smartphone and tablet fronts.

In a post on his personal Google+ page called Eric’s Guide: Converting to Android from iPhone, he lays out the necessary steps to migrate email accounts, photographs, music and contacts and extols the virtues of the Google OS and new hardware designed to run it.

“Many of my iPhone friends are converting to Android. 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,” he says.

Schmidt compares the process of switching from iPhone to Android to the “Get a Mac” marketing campaign which ran from 2006 to 2009, starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb in the UK and Justin Long and John Hodgman in the US.

“Like the people who moved from PCs to Macs and never switched back, you will switch from iPhone to Android and never switch back as everything will be in the cloud, backed up, and there are so many choices for you.”

The rest reads like a straightforward how-to article. Schmidt gives directions on how to sign in to an Android phone with your Google account, how to import your contacts from an iPhone or Mac and how to bring over your photos and music.

Missing no opportunity to plug another Google product, he also warned users off Apple’s own browser: “Be sure to use Chrome, not Safari; its safer and better in so many ways. And it’s free.” He also advises the use of “two-factor authentication for your Gmail and Google accounts. Makes it very hard for someone to break into your Gmail. Also free.”

As the Forbes reports, Apple in its turn has always been after Android. Former CEO Steve Jobs told his biographer, Walter Isaacson, that Android was a “wholesale” ripoff of Apple’s technology. “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”

In March, the company’s marketing chief Phil Schiller was even more outspoken, telling the Wall Street Journal that “Android is often given as a free replacement for a feature phone and the experience isn’t as good as an iPhone” while disputing market share figures for the respective platforms.

Eric Schmidt’s blog post merely continues the public trash-talking between Google and Apple, although his contribution carries extra spice given his position as a member of Apple’s board of directors between 2006 and 2009, says the Guardian.

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