May 1, 2013
Android’s a funny platform. Because its store is open, it’s possible to actually promote different operating systems on it pretty easily. Like if you’re Microsoft and want people to switch to Windows Phone, you can release an app on Google Play called Switch to Windows Phone where it will check for apps that are installed on an Android device and see if they’re available on Windows Phone. You know, so if people were curious, they can definitely know what’s available. Try doing that on iOS!
Well, that’s exactly what Microsoft has done: you can download an app that will check to see if the apps on your Android device are also available on Windows Phone. And if you log in with your Microsoft account, it will save the list to the cloud for if and when you switch over, you can easily re-download them. And Google allowed this through. Hilarious.
Actual Android users have found this not so hilarious, though: the app has a rating of 1.5 stars, with a smattering of user reviews complaining about Windows Phone, but others saying that the actual accuracy of the lists is rather suspect.
If you’re interested in seeing what’s on Windows Phone, the app is available from Google Play. And if you do make the switch…don’t let the door hit you on the way out!