Changing ecosystems is hard. You have to download your apps all over again and if you're going to a platform that's not made by Google or Apple, you have to wonder whether or not you'll even have your apps available to you. Well, thankfully, Microsoft has stepped in to provide a tool for users to find out whether or not you'll be covered if you switch. I tried it out and guess what it found? 92% of the applications I use are available on Windows Phone! Except...

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Yes, Microsoft insists that a full 92% of my apps are available on Windows Phone. Except, out of the rotating slideshow that I get of "these favorite" applications, a sizeable portion of them are completely foreign to me. I definitely don't have anything related to Xbox Live on my phone. And...is that Elmo? What the heck is Elmo doing on the Google logo? What are these apps?!

I tried this on two different devices and got different results in the icon rotation, so I think that this list is based on what you have installed, not a random assortment of Windows Phone apps. I couldn't confirm this, though, because there's no way to pull up the actual list without a phone running WP8. So, this is really more of a migration tool for the committed than it is a way for the curious to come to a decision. Which, you know, wouldn't be so much of a problem if this app didn't specifically pitch itself as a way for the curious to come to a decision.

As if that wasn't bad enough, for the most arbitrary of reasons, the app simply will not conduct its search if you have less than 50%  battery. As you will notice in my screenshots above, I was at 51%, just barely scraping by. A little bit later at 47%, I got the following notification:

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Geez, Microsoft. I mean, yes, I have a Galaxy Nexus, and yes the battery life is abysmal, but it's not that bad. I can see your point, though. I wouldn't want to interrupt the delicate process of a snake oil pitch in the middle. That could cause serious problems on the Android phone that I'm definitely not going to be leaving any time soon.

In seriousness, though, Microsoft, come on. I actually own a Windows Phone and despite it being old, completely incapable of running WP8, and lacking a large number of necessary apps, it's not bad. This weird, childish Android trolling isn't making you look better. You're capable of genuinely good marketing and developer outreach. I want to see Windows Phone mature into a solid OS. Please stop doing stuff like this. Or at least do it well.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/reNewedAtheist reNewedAtheist

    Don't lie, you love Elmo.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      I friggin' love Elmo. But what he's doing to that Google logo looks like it's against God and nature!

      • Paul_Werner

        So did they guy that puppeteered Elmo

      • Xunop

        It's just a Google logo variation used a few years ago.


      • Edward Holland

        Funny story... It says that it will find the "Equivalent" app right in the description on the google play store. Maybe the headline on this article should say "I didn't read the app description before I installed it and now I'm going to blame the app maker for my stupidity!!!"

        • Brandon Fletcher

          It's most likely using Bing technology to search out equivalent apps, that's how it came up with Elmo.

  • Ryan Yakus

    just ran it and got 80 percent.

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/115605168398121887465/about Anzhel Bozhinov

    Can you upload *.apk? This app is not available in my country.

  • Hunter Richardson

    LOL: talking to Microsoft as though it's a real person. It's a software company, a bad one at that.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      It's PEOPLE! Soylent Microsoft is made out of PEOPLE!!

  • Ralph Miranda

    Oh Microsoft, you so silly.

  • Swapnil Chitnis

    Something for this occasion: http://www.bonkersworld.net/puppet-show/

  • Faruk Ahmet

    My best guess is that instead of a one-on-one comparison, it does a "category check" to look for possible alternatives of the apps you have on your phone. So when it sees Feedly it says "Well, what do you know, we have an RSS reader too!!!". If this is true, then I wonder from which apps is that 8% coming from? Hope it's not "Phone.apk".

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      This is most likely what's going on, but it's extremely misleading. There is a big difference between having an app I use and having an app that's kinda like it. If I actually used this to migrate platforms and found a bunch of items in a list that weren't the ones I used, I'd be extremely peeved.

      • Faruk Ahmet

        Agreed. Spelling it out would be the right way to go: "We don't have Feedly, but this RSS reader of ours is even better!" And who knows, maybe they do have some better apps in the same category. It would be a great way to show off. This just shows they don't have anything to back it up.

        And by the way, in the third screenshot they are claiming they have a Google IO app, right? What's up with THAT?

      • http://twitter.com/RvLeshrac RvLeshrac

        Didn't AP run an article about how there were plenty of alternatives to Reader and those of us upset by the closing should just shut up and use a different app, since they're basically the same?

        • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

          Yeah we pretty much all went to Feedly, and as mentioned there's no app for that.

          • http://twitter.com/RvLeshrac RvLeshrac

            So, then, AP is just bitching about nothing, right? You know, since one app is just as good as another. They should just shut up and deal with it, as was their advice to Reader users.

          • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

            That's like saying any rss aggregator is the same as a Google Reader like service and that would be incorrect. As the alternatives to google reader do not have Windows Phone apps then I would have the same complaint as I practically live in Feedly for most of my internet-ing.

            There are plenty of alternatives to Google Reader but there are no apps on Windows phone for the popular(i.e. working) ones like Feedly or Newsblur. Supposedly there is a Feedly Windows phone app coming eventually from this sure to be accurate forum post.

            Yeah you can get an RSS app that can do similar things but for me It needs to link to my PC somehow because I"m not going through 40 RSS feeds on my phone if my PC is in front of me.

      • Edward Holland

        The app description on Google's play store has three bullet points explaining what the app does.. The second one is the one that you should have read before writing this article.

        • Scan the installed apps on your phone
        • Find the Windows Phone equivalents
        • Save the personalized match results to retrieve later on your Windows Phone

  • EMullins

    I forgot that you still have a Galaxy Nexus, Eric. Lemme try something here.

    Dear Artem:

    Please buy your loyal senior staff member Eric the new Nexus this Fall. His faces make me laugh during the podcast and his articles are a worthwhile read as well.


    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      Time to open your wallet, Artem. XD

    • Willie Washington

      Why? The Galaxy Nexus is where it's at!

      • T4rd

        As long as you don't stray from a charger for more than a few hours =p
        /former Gnex owner

        • http://profiles.google.com/hnilsen Håkon Nilsen

          I'm on my 30th hour of use, and I have 10% left on my GNex. It's not that bad.

          • T4rd

            Screen on time? I bet it's less than 2 hours =p.

          • Justin Swanson

            Mine isn't too bad, but I have the GSM. I can go about 18 hours with deceit use. However I don't know why the screen kills the battery so quickly :(

          • Ian Wilson

            pfft, yeah right!!! get outta here with that crap. How about when you actually USE the phone?

    • Haedocynic

      I have a Galaxy Nexus as well, and it says "this application is incompatible with your device"! So both Google and Microsoft lie to me. What a surprise.*

      *) It's probably a regional restriction (= behaving like the enemy of your customers) disguised as device-incompatibility. Microsoft hates its customers in *so* many ways...

    • OmarioAmriky

      didn't like to keep it at 100 ;)

  • http://twitter.com/nagi603 Nagy Balázs András

    Even better:
    "This item cannot be installed in your device's country." :DDD As if I could not go out and buy a WP phone here.. Sheesh...

  • David Thornton

    The features list says "Find the Windows Phone equivalents"

    so it's not finding the exact match, just what they think might have the same function. Not really helpful.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      Good catch. That part may be more accurate. I was too focused on the first paragraph where they state: "Use Switch to Windows Phone to see how many of your Android apps are available on Windows Phone. Just run Switch to Windows Phone on your Android, and this app will check to see if your installed apps are available in the Windows Phone Store."

      So not only is the app's description misleading, it directly contradicts itself. Lovely.

      • http://k3rnel.net Juan Rodriguez

        If only Android Police knew someone that could somehow obtain information out of an APK...

        • asd

          There are way more important apks than this

      • Edward Holland

        I think it's pretty obvious from the description that when they say "Match" they mean an app that does the same thing. Not the exact app. It may be poorly worded. It may even be intentionally poorly worded, but it is none the less obvious.

  • Jeremy Powers

    Too bad you can't you know actually see the list.

  • Daniel Wiggins

    Got 78% I feel slightly more Android than you...

    • Joe Miller

      It didn't even give me a percentage, just said it matched 92 apps, which I thought odd considering the post and your comment show percentages

  • nsnsmj

    Sometimes it doesn't even show a percentage. It'll say something like, "We matched xy amount of your apps....". I'm guessing if you don't have a high enough percentage on MS's BS app matcher scale, they'll show you the number of apps you have that are "matched".

    • Freak4Dell

      That's what it said for me. It said 32 matches found. If it does work on a percentage threshold like you said, it must be pretty high, because I don't have all that many apps installed on this device.

  • RaviShah

    Atleast its holo themed

    • http://zmyaro.com/ Gamer_Z.

      Except the “⋮” button is a link to the “About” screen instead of opening the overflow menu like it should.

      • RaviShah

        haha nevermind then

        • http://zmyaro.com/ Gamer_Z.

          To be fair, it is still better than the not-holo-at-all Hotmail app.

          • Manuel Bocchia

            You mean the Newly Metro Outlook.com app?

          • http://zmyaro.com/ Gamer_Z.

            I had not heard about that. It definitely looks better than the Hotmail app, but the combination of Metro and Holo looks strange.

      • kkjdroid

        Trying to force open the overflow menu with a hardware/ROM button just gets ignored, fyi.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001144455023 Michael J Carroll

    "0+ downloads." That's a number I can live with.

  • enomele

    I did a "scan" of my apps and it told me 41 (did not have a %) of my apps (bout 90 some) were on the WP Marketplace. And I can count on my hands how many of those I actually recognized. It showed Tweetcaster and the only Twitter client I have installed is Falcon Pro. It also showed XDA app and I use Tapatalk. Sounds like a huge crock of shjt to me.

    • atlouiedog

      I found the XDA logo on mine to be hilarious considering I also only have Tapatalk. I wasn't using those other forums anyway, right?

  • http://www.facebook.com/leonardob0880 Leonardo Baez

    google should ban this app from the market.

    • http://profiles.google.com/bmg1001 Bryan Guerrero

      better yet, google publish a similar app on wp

      • Matthew Merrick

        MS would never let that be posted in their app store. :P

      • krazyfrog

        There will be nothing to match on WP.

    • nose

      Why? It is basically having the opposite effect MS intended. MS keeps stabbing itself in the eye repeatedly with a fork (see their botched Windows Phone challenge, various botched twitter campaigns). Why stop them?

      • TPA

        Don't forget about Bing It On! Talk about shooting themselves in the foot.

    • http://www.facebook.com/buddhaflow Sasha Shepherd

      No, it just makes MS look pathetic. Keep it, people aren't that dumb.

  • phathands

    "I wouldn't want to interrupt the delicate process of a snake oil pitch in the middle"

    That comment alone made the article worth the read. I'm still cracking up, well done, sir.

  • alamaby

    So this is how Microsoft trolling Android users.

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    Based on the shady tactics at work here - I'm actually afraid to run this app - if they are not being truthful about the point of the app (and they are blatantly not being truthful) who knows what else the app is collecting data on when you run it???!?

    • Edward Holland

      I know right? I had the same problem with angry birds. It said I had to figure out the puzzles using force and logic, but then two sentences later it says I can purchase an item that will beat any level.Then it says that that item is good for unlimited use, but the next sentence says I can only use it once per hour...

      I'm afraid to download any games now. How do I know they aren't selling my children to a sweatshop or stealing pictures of my mom? Oh the horror.

  • sawyer

    I just checked,
    app rating and comments on google play are quite hillarious :D

    I wonder what kind of people that give this app 5 star rating :D

    • http://twitter.com/explodingwalrus Carl Draper

      Microsoft employees? :D

      • Mak D’Uniq

        They actually use Android and are forced to give 5 star rating :D

  • selonmoi

    And this wonderful piece of software is now pulling a very generous 1.7 on Google Play. I would have installed it just to rate it 1 star, but it's not available in my country.

    It's just Microsoft's latest PR debacle, I guess.

    • Adrian

      So you would rate something a 1 out of spite

      • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E
      • http://www.facebook.com/buddhaflow Sasha Shepherd

        Butthurt Microsoft employee chimes in...

        • Edward Holland

          Butthurt Google employee chimes in...

      • davo77

        No, he'd rate it 1 because it's a piece of LYING crap!

    • elnator

      Installing an app just to deliberately 1 star it helps no one. Always rate apps based on their performance not your personal bias.

      • selonmoi

        Reviews are personal evaluations; of course they reflect the bias of the reviewer. If I think an app is stupid and pointless in its entire conception, I am certainly entitled to reflect that it my rating. If I think it's misleading verging on fraudulent in its execution, you're darn right I'll take that it into account.

        By all accounts, this app has fully earned every miserable 1-star rating it has received.

        • Alan

          Well it only has one star because of idiots like you who rate it one star because its from Microsoft and not because they think it does a poor job.

          • Lakota James Morris

            But he does think it does a poor job.

    • Edward Holland

      It pretty obvious from the comments that that is exactly what all the people rating it did. Most of them (including the author of this article) didn't even read what it does before complaining.

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    Oh... apparently it cannot be installed in my country anyway (UK)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      We are such foreigners.

  • hotsauce

    60%...deal with it

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/104684441318752696089/about/p/pub Lokifish Marz

    Custom built a bare bones ROM (stock dialer, stock launcher, Play Store) and installed the app. It came up with an FTP Manager, Pocket Piano, Google, Google again and some icon I have never seen. I'm surprised the app just doesn't tell you to switch to a Windows phone then brick yours.

    • Justin Swanson

      See? Your Android phone suxxors? Get Windows Phone!

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    This app is allowed in play store....?? "Switch to windows phone"....!!?? It's like letting someone else hit on my girlfriend. Not that I have a girlfriend. Ladies...? Ladies........?

    • EMullins

      You're not funny.

    • Mike Reid

      Google Play is the least "controlling" and open among the main app stores.

      Unless it breaks an explicit, and IMO reasonable rule, they can't and shouldn't ban it.

      And they won't (unless a rule is broken...) and I appreciate Google for that.

      • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

        Well, they don't allow 3rd party app stores in play store. (Amazon app store etc). Yet they are allowing an app which explicitly prodding users to switch to windows phone. A little baffling to me.

        • Freak4Dell

          They don't allow 3rd party app stores because they can't control what you then go buy from the 3rd party app store. For instance, they can remove a virus-ridden app from the Play Store, but if they put the Amazon store on the Play Store, and somebody uploads a virus-ridden app to the Amazon store, Google can't remove that app.

          The direct effect of a competitor making money also has something to do with it, whereas with this app, Microsoft isn't directly making any money from it.

          • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

            That was my exact point. While Amazon app store will make some money by selling apps, which users would've bought from play store otherwise; this app is trying to take away the user from Android altogether. Not only Google looses money that user would've spent on apps, Google looses that user itself. (hypothetical of course).

            Sample this - Apple setting up a mini store inside Samsung exclusive showroom, telling buyers to buy iPhone. Sounds absurd, right?

          • Freak4Dell

            You are not understanding this, and I'm not going to explain it again to you.

          • blunden

            At the same time, people who appreciate the lack of restrictions will maybe be more likely to stay when Google reinforces that view of an open store.

          • Mak D’Uniq

            You think, someone using android will switch to windows after using this app?

          • TPA

            Good point! I used this app out of curiosity; it's a big worthless joke. Let me put it like this; it makes a very strong case to stick with Android!

          • Edward Holland

            I agree with you. While we're at, Let's make it so that you cannot see adds for chrome, linux or apple devices in internet explorer or from any windows machine. Let's make it so that apple machines cannot see any adverts for microsoft products. Lets have chrome and android automatically block all info relating to microsoft and apple...

            Nope, that's really poor logic.

          • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

            Nope, you can't stop people from putting up their ads in the internet. And you can't block your users from accessing any part of the internet. But you can most certainly stop your competitors from selling their stuff in your store and instigating your users to abandon you.

            You are equating the entire internet with play store, which is controlled by Google. Maybe your logic is flawed?

          • Edward Holland

            Not really. Play store is the only place to get apps on android (or amazon I guess), so for all intents and purposes, it is the whole internet in this regard. If android users could just go to Microsoft.com and download the app from there, you might have a point. But, if they could do that Google would have no say at all would they?

    • TheApprentice

      More people switching to WP will give Google a chance to launch their services on the WP platform which is a premium OS like iOS and remember Google earns more from iOS platfrom than Android and if same thing happens with WP then it will be more of a profit for them.

    • http://www.facebook.com/buddhaflow Sasha Shepherd

      Confident dude watches all the guys laughing at his girlfriend, laughs at them quietly, comes up swoops her away and fucks her brains out.

      Microsoft is all the loser dudes hitting on her but never getting laid.

  • TechGuy22

    lmfaooo. it will vanish. over 80 one star. and numbers keep going up.

  • atlouiedog

    77%. Not only would I need a list to see the 1/4 of stuff I'll no longer be able to do, but also prices so I know how much it would cost me to rebuy all of my apps and get back to 3/4 of the mobile experience I've come to expect....

  • xoj_21

    windows battery is worse than androud too

    • Alan

      I suppose you've used a Windows Phone then?

      I get over a day from my Samsung ATIV S and less than 12 hours from my Galaxy Nexus, so remind me, which one has worse battery life!!!

      • xoj_21

        yet the s3 have same hardware and it have beter battery than ur ATIV S1!!!

  • Dude McGnarley

    The truth is that Gates and company *STOLE* a version of Unix tweaked it here and there combined it with the ideas they *STOLE* from Apple and called it Windows. The truth is that they've been running an illegal monopoly for years and getting away with it for the most part. The truth is something that has never seen Microsoft's board room. They are no better than Zuckerburgler.

    • paleh0rse

      ummm.. no.

    • http://twitter.com/sqlrob Rob

      Windows (NT based, 2K / XP / Vista / 7) is closer to VMS than Unix; Dave Cutler worked on it.

      They have a licensed Unix that has been long dead.

      If you want to claim they stole something CP/M is more accurate, DOS was CP/M with changed interrupt number, same function ids.

  • Guest

    Is there no way to view the full list of which apps were matched to which?

  • Chip Estrada

    Windows phone is lame

    • paleh0rse

      ...which isn't a good thing for anyone! Consumers need MORE competition in the market, not less.

  • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

    Somebody should build a app for WP, called switch to Android... The accurate results of what apps are truly on Android should be enough to kill of the platform...

    • flosserelli

      But there are so many android apps that don't exist in Windows Market, that Windows Phone users would not have a frame of reference to compare. They don't even know what they are missing :/

      • Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

        That's why you have it show what they are missing as well... It would be like this... Ok these are matches of your current apps, and by your provided interest here are some apps you're missing out on... :-)

  • Freak4Dell

    I think the reasons the icons look unfamiliar is because they're the icons for the apps for WP. Different apps can sometimes have different icons. Moreover, like others have pointed out, they're pulling up similar apps, not exact matches. I think that's completely reasonable, because you can't honestly expect two platforms to have the exact same apps.

    What I find disturbing, though, is that they don't have any way to let you actually see the list of matches. Unless you have hours on hand and search through the WP store for each icon that shows up, you have no clue which of your apps were matched. I even went through the full process of saving it to my account and sending an email and all that, and there's still no way to see it. That's the most misleading part. Microsoft apparently thinks that people will just not care that the only way to see the matched apps is to go and buy a WP phone.

    I agree with your last paragraph completely. WP is an excellent OS, and if Microsoft spent half the time they spend berating Google on just making the OS more full-featured and attracting developers, the platform would gain marketshare all on its own. I really do like Microsoft, but I am really not happy with the petty Apple-esque marketing they've been doing recently.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      I think there may be one or two icons that are different, but for the most part, I don't think too many apps would use a completely unrecognizable icon.

      The thing that gets me is that, in the very beginning of the app's description, it says "Just run Switch to Windows Phone on your Android, and this app will check to see if your installed apps are available in the Windows Phone Store." This sounds, in no uncertain terms, like it's checking for *the* apps. Not "apps like the ones you have." The bullet points clarify later, but that's conveniently below the "More" button. If it were more of a gray area, I might give it a pass, but this isn't a matter of people simply not reading to find out what an app does. The description very clearly contradicts itself. Even *that* might be passable if the results weren't invisible. The entire thing feels very much like a scummy attempt to convince people the Windows Phone Store has more apps than it really does. An inaccurate description, an opaque comparison process, and the ability to view your results only if you already have a modern Windows Phone? That's just going out of your way to be customer unfriendly.

      And yes, I'm not pleased with this marketing either. Like I said in the article, I own a Windows Phone because I paid the money and gave up Android for a couple months to really give Microsoft a fighting chance. Two months that was my main device. I *want* to see it get better. But honestly, this marketing is beyond Apple or even Samsung's level of pettiness. Microsoft is in full-on smear campaign mode and it's just shameful.

  • Edlak

    Lying to you? Talk about overreacting. Is trying to find equivalents not the same exact apps.

    • paleh0rse

      I believe the words "we matched..." imply just that, A MATCH! As in: "You have a Netflix app, WE have a Netflix app... you have a Hulu app, WE have a Hulu app... you have Evernote, WE have Evernote."

      Not: "You have a Netflix app, WE have a Video app that also kinda sorta plays old movies... You have an Evernote app, WE have an app called Notes that kinda sorta does the same thing... sometimes... maybe... but it doesn't sync... and it's in beta..."

  • dextersgenius

    "This app is incompatible with all of your devices."

    So I guess Microsoft doesn't want me switching then. Oh well, it's their loss!

    • http://twitter.com/thatseanfitz Sean Fitz

      Same here. I don't see the problem with releasing this app worldwide. How could that make their case worse?

      • dextersgenius

        Oh I dunno. Perhaps they're afraid the rating of their app might fall from 1.5* down to 1*? :P

  • rMean

    fyi, my gnex runs about 2 days with stock battery. you better get some cool kernel :-P :-)

    • TheCraiggers

      Two days with the screen off and in airplane mode?
      Two days with the screen on and watching Netflix the whole time?

      Such claims are meaningless without more info and when you remember everybody uses their phone differently.

      It seems on my GNex that the screen is by far the biggest battery killer. If you have a kernel that can reduce screen power consumption, please, let us know. =)

      • rMean

        About 3 hours screen on. mostly on wifi. but one could get 2000mah original battery if they want :-)

  • http://twitter.com/NoobDeveloper $(‘#Anil’)

    ROFL..Microsoft wants me to stay on Android.

    • flosserelli

      Well I guess that answers that.

    • https://market.android.com/search?q=puzzleduck&so=1&c=apps PuZZleDucK

      All of Australia is also blocked, tried many and varied devices... Thanks MS, your the best joke ever :D

  • Guest

    From my phone I can`t Switch to Windows Phone. LOL

  • MinotaurV

    This is just like Scroogled... Except... a little more underhanded. Microsoft... You penchant for this underhanded advertising makes me want to uninstall your Operating System from my computer.


  • Craig M

    F**k Windows Phone AND Microsoft

  • http://tiboine.com/ Tor Ivan Boine

    This app is incompatible with all of your devices.
    haha :)

  • RealityCheck2013

    Microsoft lying??? NEVER!!! LoL:D They messed up the Gaming Console World with their LIES & now it's the turn of the Mobile Phone World... + The sad thing is they seem to get away with it. Oh well :-/

  • http://profiles.google.com/resisn70 Paul Hodgson

    Have they done a transfer app for the iPhone?

  • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

    I could probably switch to Windows Phone if I wanted to. I don't use many Android specific apps at all. I might not have the exact same apps on Windows Phone but what I use on Android is generic enough to be done by any app.

    • TPA

      But something to keep in mind is that WP apps are crap for the most part. Even if there is an equivalent, it probably isn't nearly as good.

      • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

        I wouldn't say that most Windows Phone Apps are crap, but instead only a few are. I mean, I don't think Microsoft would want to advertise terrible apps so people can switch to their platform.

  • Jean Bassil

    microsoft is the worst evil company ever, google please or release a switch to android app on wp store to see the evil's reaction or remove directly that app

    • Naz

      Thankfully there is Google on the light side to save your soul from evil Microsoft :))))

  • Roberto Elena Ormad

    For once I'm glad that an app is not available in my country :-)

  • Sorian

    Just off the wall thought, wouldn't this qualify as something Google can ban from the Play Store for false advertising or something? I mean, it doesn't actually work, right?

  • pramod

    I would assume that it pulls up the list of all apps that you have ever installed using your google account. These might include some very stupid apps that you might have tried for a minute or two before uninstalling. Just a hunch. Btw I use a windows phone and love it, apps or not.

  • Ralph

    hahahaha well really silly from Microsoft.. actually I think, they attempt to convince users that 92% most popular mobile apps are available in WP.. not all the apps.. I think they are just trying to bring basic smartphone users with Android to WP... so they dont care if they are lying because the premise would fit for some users..

  • http://twitter.com/cthonctic Cthonctic

    Microsoft being bloody liars and sucking at PR is such a huge shock! (no, no it isn't. at all)

  • http://www.davehenning.net/ DaveH

    This smells a lot like Bing it on... just another attempt to switch people to MS that is going to backfire. Haha

  • flosserelli

    I put my SGS3 in a drawer and used a HTC 8X for a week. What did I learn?

    1. The Metro UI is brain-dead simple. Perhaps even more so than iOS. If you are looking for a phone for your technophobe 70-year old grandparent, it can't get any more simple than WP8. Also, the Metro UI never stumbles. Zero lag, and animations/transitions were always silky smooth. I can't say that about my SGS3 on stock rom (but a 3rd party launcher changes that).
    2. If you are addicted to xbox, WP8 could potentially be a better fit for you. WP8 links to your XBL account, so you can stay in touch with xbox friends while you are on the go. But I haven't played xbox in years, so I couldn't care less about that feature.

    1. The Metro UI is brain-dead simple, with virtually no options for customization. You either love it or hate it, there isn't much room in between. You can change theme colors and wallpaper, but that's about it. A jailbroken iphone is much more customizable than WP8. And a rooted android device? No contest whatsoever.
    2. Lack of USEFUL apps in Windows Market, despite Microsoft's claims to the contrary. No mobile platform stands a chance of survival without apps that users will actually USE. >90% of Windows Market apps are complete junk. After a week of perusing the Windows Market, I didn't find a single app/game that made me stop and say "Hmmmm...maybe I should switch to WP8 for good". In order for your product to succeed, you must have something compelling enough for people to abandon their comfort zone and take a chance on your offering. This is the major reason why WP8 has failed to gain traction: It does not offer anything beyond what is already available with android or iOS. Both of those platforms are already well established, so why choose a different platform that is still struggling to stay above water?

  • basteagow

    The text, if you care to read it in its entirety, does say "including these favorites"—meaning you don't necessarily have all those apps, but they are INCLUDED in the 92% as suggestions. Misleading? Sure. A lie? Not at all.

  • http://twitter.com/sqlrob Rob

    I have three devices, two tablets and a phone. The only thing it's not compatible with is the phone.

    • http://www.facebook.com/PradeepVizz Pradeep Viswanathan R

      Compatible with none on my list of 10 devices lol

  • Keandre Espina

    I'm not sure but this looks like AdWare to me. Not only that, it's also misleading AdWare. I don't know the terms for developers but I don't think this belongs in the Play Store

  • Drew Sanders

    The EULA on the app was enough for me to uninstall it. There are religious texts that are shorter.

    • Alan

      Oh come on, who reads the EULA!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/buddhaflow Sasha Shepherd

    Awww...I'm in Australia, I really wanted to see MS's stupid trolling, but it wouldn't let me install it because of my country :(

    P.S. You know what I love about my (CM) Galaxy S2?

    eBay. $15, shipped. 3500mah big-ass battery. Comes with replacement back cover and case, because your phone will be totally misshapen and you can't use any existing cases. Makes the phone look a bit freakish and ungainly.

    Battery always lasts all day, always.

    TOTALLY worth it.

  • zeduaz

    Please can somebody make .apk instal file of this "avesome" app and upload it anywhere? In Czech isnt this shitty app available... Thanks a lot!

  • LarsFromMars

    App doesn't work in Canada. Lame.

  • sehaj pannu

    Microsoft doesnt want me to leave android

  • Christopher Orr

    The app sends a JSON-encoded list of all your app package IDs and their names to the company that wrote the app (over an HTTPS connection). Then you get back a massive uncompressed JSON response with way too much needless info in it about the apps you have installed, plus the apps which "match". Then it spends another age downloading icons.

    It "matched" only 72 apps out of 124 for me, so I didn't get the percentage-based text as shown in the article here.

    Yeah, Chase Bank is a really useful replacement for my UK banking app. Box.net really helps me with my Dropbox account. In at least one case, it didn't match an app which *does* have a WP version.

    Good work.