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Motorola Launches Migration Tool for iOS Users Buying a Moto X on MotoMaker


For any iOS users that are currently looking to pick up a Moto X through MotoMaker, Motorola released a tool this week that should make the data migrating process extremely simple. If your life’s work, such as all of your contacts and important meetings, are stored in iCloud, you can migrate all of that over right through MotoMaker. As soon as you purchase your new device, you will be prompted to migrate data from your iPhone. To do so, just throw in your Apple ID and password, and let the process begin. 

Motorola’s Punit Soni says there is a long way to go to make this process even better for customers, so we are curious as to what we could see in the future. Music and photo transfer? That would be nice.

Are there any ex-iPhone owners here that are now rocking Android?

Via: +Punit Soni

  • kevinh52

    Ron needs to read this article..and bookmark it…

  • Tyler Rynberg

    So Moto can spend the time developing this but my HD MAXX is still sitting on 4.1.2. Hmm.

    • Jarred Sutherland

      Blame Verizon.

      • Tyler Rynberg

        I think people dump too much of the blame on Verizon for this. The big story last year was that Motorola would stop acting as they have in the past and keep phones updated better.

        If Moto really wanted to win back enthusiasts, this is what they need to do. If nothing else, at least release an updated kernel so devs can build ROMs that actually work.

        • Cowboydroid

          The HD Maxx was developed under old management. The MotoX is the first device developed and released under new management. You cannot legitimately claim that Moto is “acting as they have in the past” without waiting to see how they update the MotoX.

          • Tyler Rynberg

            Of course I can. Why do I have to wait to see how they update the MotoX (which is already a version behind)? Sanjay wasn’t CEO when the HD MAXX was being developed. Even if he was, what difference does it make? The design uses an extremely common Qualcomm chip and Moto radios. How hard can it be to update it?

          • Cowboydroid

            Do you know anything about product pipelines?

          • Tyler Rynberg

            Of course. The fact is, the same development teams rolled out 4.1 to the HD MAXX last December. Since then….crickets. What does a change in CEO and project manager have anything to do with Moto spending the effort to craft a 4.2 or 4.3 update?

  • Luiz7955

    Went from Droid to Droid X to Galaxy Nexus to iPhone 5. Currently also have a nexus 7 (2013) and a windows 8 touch laptop.. Not thinking of going back to an Android phone at the moment. Got my google calendar contacts and mail synced to my iphone and all the google apps. In a sense my iphone is a google phone. So I’m with Ron lol

    • trixnkix637

      In the vaguest sense possible.

  • Bryan

    How long until Apple blocks it or sues them for accessing “their” cloud?
    This is a great idea and brilliant on Moto’s part. You give an easy path for an iOS user to switch over and some will be persuaded to try it.

    • Cowboydroid

      The iOS user owns the information, and Apple cannot legitimately accuse Google of stealing the information if the iOS user explicitly permits them to access the information.

      • kendokan

        Are you sure the iOS user own the information? I haven’t read their TOS but I wouldn’t necessarily make that assumption.

        • Cowboydroid

          No, I’m not sure. I made an assumption based on what other services provide. I haven’t actually read their TOS.

      • Bryan

        Hasn’t Apple in the past blocked third parties from accessing their services? I know it’s technically the user’s information and they are providing their credentials, but Apple being Apple would not surprise me for them to block access by Motorola’s apps/servers.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Finally!!… I can trasfer my 1st gen iPod Touch info over to Android!

    • Eric R.

      Only if you you had I cloud… Haha

  • adbFreedom

    Genius… I am surprised Samsung has not done this yet. More and more people are leaving Apple and this is a nice feature and good marketing angle to the people on the fence.

    • Chris

      I’m surprise Google doesn’t offer this for android in general.

      • mustbepbs

        Well, technically Google does offer this now 😛

      • JRUIV

        Contacts and calendar entries are in the cloud so there is no need.

    • Paul Hansen

      Motorola = google? 😛

    • Matt Upton

      I’d like them to include apps. This would totally level the playing field because iPhone users wouldn’t be locked into the apps they already purchased. Google would suffer short term with basically making some paid apps free but would have long term growth from people switching.

      • TheDrizzle

        Indeed it would help win people over to Android. I just don’t see Google doing this. Some people have hundreds of dollars worth of apps. And some apps aren’t available on both. It could get messy. But I agree it would be cool.

        • Matt Upton

          Yea that is the only problem. The alternative might include having a limit on the amount of free apps they provide when you switch?

      • michael arazan

        I think it would be great to have a cross platform license key, like through emails or something, so if you buy one app on one platform, you could transfer it through all your devices no matter what platform you are using, like if you have an android phone and a MS slate tablet or ipad, or what ever.

        But the Devs would never go for it, nor would each market, because they would lose money.

    • Jarred Sutherland

      More and more people leaving Apple? Funny, considering Verizon just released numbers stating that they activated 3.9 million Apple devices in the third quarter of 2013 .. which is up from 2012.

      T-Mobile gained subscribers from offering the iPhone as well. Something tells me the “more and more” figure you mention doesn’t match reality.

      • trixnkix637

        v.s. how many android devices were activated in that same time period? odd how you leave that bit of important out.

        • Jarred Sutherland

          Sorry I expect you guys to do a bit of legwork, but you would rather not it seems.

          Total smartphone activations : 7.6 million
          iPhone activations (part of that number) 3.9 million

          • Cowboydroid

            The legwork is in making the comparison with past numbers…

          • Jarred Sutherland

            Ummm .. that’s generally what you have to compare to .. to .. you know .. get a comparison.

          • Cowboydroid

            So you’d rather not do the legwork either…

          • trixnkix637

            Which sense you’re making the comparison you should supply. Fruit for thought next time.

          • trixnkix637

            It’s your statement that you’re proposing as fact without supplying all the facts to prove your point.

            You’re the one that’s supposed to be doing the legwork not the other way around.

            And yet I STILL notice you haven’t supplied ANDROID activation numbers vs. iPhones.

            At this point I render your previous comment moot.

          • Jarred Sutherland

            Are you being purposely ignorant? The mark for TOTAL smartphone activations includes ALL SMARTHONES. The iPhone activations is PART of that total number. So you would subtract 3.9 million from 7.6 million and that gives you a better idea of Android activations (but thats not all Android, as it includes Blackberry and Windows Phone). iPhone was the only one separated.

            I didn’t think it was that difficult to understand.

          • trixnkix637

            Well thanks for proving you can subtract. Again I was asking for the comparison of apple to android. Not a better idea, but an actual number. Simple math. Obviously this is too frustrating a task for you so again until you come up with the numbers to show apple had more activations than android in that time frame (a point you’re trying to lend credit to by the way) your original comment is moot. Not to mention you just admitted by inference android had more activations by your statement above. We just don’t know by how much.

          • Jarred Sutherland

            Ignorant or a troll .. not quite sure how to decide this. If you still can’t comprehend that Apple having a larger number of activations (the 3.9 million part) to the REST of all smartphone acivations on Verizon (3.7 million) .. I’m not sure what else to say.

            If you want comparison to Android directly (which again, is PART of that 3.7 million figure that was left over, which is then divided between Android/WP8/Blackberry) you’d probably have to ask Verizon, as I did not see them releasing that figure.

      • Timothy Sternig

        I read that:

        “During a conference call with analysts, Verizon executives said the company had 3.9 million iPhone
        activations in the quarter that ended Sept. 30. That’s the same number
        it had in the second quarter that ended in June, and down a bit from the
        4 million activations it had in the first quarter ending in March.”

        • Jarred Sutherland

          Sorry, I had read the initial wrong. It was up from the 2012 same quarter.

          • Rojo623

            Thanks for not being a flame boy.

            But just objectively speaking, it seems like all my friends that are at all technologically inclined are moving to Android. Except those that are hardcore fans.
            And its those who are somewhat technologically challenged, and dont want to go through the ‘headache’ of learning a new device, stay on iOS because it’s “good enough”

          • Jarred Sutherland

            Eh, no reason to flame. I really do like technology as a whole. I am not “for” any camp really.

            I recently moved back to iOS after using numerous Android devices, it just seems to work better for me. Keep in mind though I am quite the techie (been in IT for the past 15 years) and I have my particular desires for a mobile device (camera carrying huge weight). My wife on the other hand loves her S4 (and Nexus 7) and the fact that she can customize every little thing (fonts, etc). She doesn’t really care for my iPhone, but to each his/her own. 🙂

          • Rojo623

            Cheers. I’ve never had the iphone. Had the ipad but just sold it today actually. Getting ready for that nexus 10. But to each their own man.

          • Jarred Sutherland

            I think I would have liked the Nexus 10 more than I did my 7. I had the original and 2013 edition of the 7. While it was nice, the size didn’t make sense for much of the media (books/magazines) I would consume on it .. form factor is meant for movies/tv.

  • BuckNut23

    How about some verizon love for motomaker? I’ve been sitting on an upgrade since May…

    • tyguy829

      coming in about 20 days

      • BuckNut23

        good to hear. having a price drop to $99 would nice as well…

  • moelsen8

    anyone else having quality-control issues with their moto x? i’m on my second and about to return that. first one had streaks on the glass that were visible in low light, and now the second’s vibration motor is hollow/rattley (first one was nice and tight). this sucks but i don’t think i can live with the way it vibrates as i type.

    • Nextus

      The first one is always nice and tight…

      • moelsen8

        hahaha nicely done.

    • No

      Turn off the vibrate while you type?

      • moelsen8

        i’d rather not change what i like due to a physical issue

    • Travis

      Mine was perfect

    • Suralin

      Not here. Maybe you can see about getting it replaced?

    • DDelcourt87

      My Dev Edition also rattles a bit when it vibrates. Definitely annoying, but I hadn’t considered getting it replaced yet.

      • moelsen8

        good ones are out there. my wife has a verizon moto x and i remember what stood out the most was how much hers rattled compared to my first one. i just chalked it up to verizon’s model at the time..

    • Tirionfive

      Yes, I am. I’m on my 3rd moto X. I had the first one’s Microphone go out, like completely no sound or voice dictation. The 2nd one, the GPS chip just failed.

      Mind you the 1st and 2nd were New in box. This third one I got through Verizon Next Day replacement. So far, I haven’t had an issue. No streaks on my glass. I have noticed the “Redness” that others were talking about. But that only happens in low light, when the phone adjusts to dim itself. It stays a Reddish/Warm tint, but it isn’t too bad. In regular/high light, it looks simply glorious.

      • moelsen8

        how was the vibration motor on them?

        • Tirionfive

          All 3 have been good on the vibration motor. The redness/warm tint effects all units. In extreme low light you can see a warm/red tint on whites and grays.

    • Gnex

      Apparently, sloppily assembled devices with bits of dirt below the camera lenses are common for the US assembled units. If you’re on AT&T or Tmo, you could try buying one of the Puerto Rican/Canadian models on eBay, which are assembled in China. I, unfortunately, am on Verizon.

      • moelsen8

        i’ve heard of that one – the dirt under the camera lense. haven’t seen it myself and hopefully i won’t..

        my newest one did come with dirt specks “embedded” in the white back that i haven’t been able to remove, though.

      • JRUIV

        that was the only thing wrong with my verizon model. Two very tiny specks of dust or dirt underneath the lens. They do not show up when I use the camera but damn it Do I hate looking at them

        • Gnex

          Yeah, I’ve got two little particles below the lens of my front camera. If they want to build something in the US they should at least do a half-ass job. NEXUS 5 SAVE ME!!

    • Khary Anderson


      • moelsen8

        GSM Dev edition. Sucks because that one was otherwise perfect. This vibration crap sucks on my second one.

        But nice to meet ya haha. Only one other person I found on xda has experienced this defect.

  • Nextus

    Now can Ron get a Moto X?

    • If our discussion last night on the DL Show was any indicator, I can safely say “noooo.”

      • MikeCiggy


      • Tim242

        [email protected] You’re such a nice guy.

  • AlphaNoble

    Convinced my roommate to replace his iPhone 4 with a new Moto X last week, and he hasn’t looked back since. I have a Note 2 and I thought that I wouldn’t like the Moto X because I enjoy my big screen way too much, but the Moto X is quite the phone.