Apple’s first pair of applications for Android, Apple Music and Move to iOS, may be the start of Apple opening up even further to Google’s mobile platform. According to a new job listing on Apple’s website, the Cupertino-based company is “looking for engineers to help [Apple] bring exciting new mobile products to the Android platform.” The presence of the word “new” seems to indicate that Apple’s plans go beyond the already announced Apple Music and Move to iOS apps…
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The Apple Music application for Android is already well into development and is scheduled for release this fall. We’re told that Apple is already preparing to seed a private beta of the application to a “very small subset” of the existing Beats Music Android user base. Additionally, Apple’s earlier Android job listings specifically mentioned work on the Beats/Apple Music apps. Apple’s Move to iOS application is on target for the fall launch of iOS 9, and it allows Android users to more easily switch to the iPhone.
Besides the Music and Move apps, Apple has a few existing applications and services that could make sense on Android. With the growth of messaging applications over the past several years, perhaps Apple is considering bringing over its popular iMessage platform over to Android. Apple could also be planning an iTunes Store app for Android to accompany Apple Music. Lastly, with Safari as one of the first Windows apps by Apple, perhaps the iPhone maker is eyeing opening up its web browser to other mobile devices.
In 2013, Apple CEO Tim Cook stated that Apple has “no religious issue porting” iOS apps to Android “if it made sense.”