Update: Now at over 30,000 1-star reviews:
Apple launched its ‘Move to iOS’ Android app yesterday as part of the iOS 9 launch, which streamlines the process of migrating data and apps from an Android phone to an iPhone. Just hours after launch however, Android users are not taking well to Apple’s first Android app (if you discount Beats Music, which existed before Apple acquired them). The app has accrued over 2700 1-star ratings in the few hours it has been available, with a less-than-spectacular 1.9 star average rating.
Very few of the commenters seemed to have actually used the app to migrate data to an iPhone and are instead using the reviews section to vent their frustration at Apple in general. The reviews are dominated by Android users complaining about iPhone battery life, overpriced Apple Watches, ‘iSheep’ and more …
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Here’s a selection of the reviews in the store (emphasis added):
Ben Bartlett: 1 star — Do not install! Unless you want a lobotomy. Seriously? You think people to move to a restricted ecosystem that won’t even allow you to try apps before you buy?? Google why did you allow them to put this app here? Oh that’s right you promote innovation and don’t charge for it or place restrictions on it..
Marty Ballard: 1 star — Poor functionality I attempted to switch to ios (apparently zombies ate my brain) and my iPhone 3G would not accept my data. Also, my micro USB would not fit.
Jonathan Perez: 1 star — Dear Apple I downloaded this application with hopes of switching over to Ios from android. I’ve burned all my pencils since the only worthy writing tool is the holy apple pencil. I’ve decided to sell one of my kidneys, because I need that gold apple watch. And now I gotta have the iPhone 6s, because 3d touch just sounds like an intimate way to get to know my phone. Hope to throw my money at you soon sincerely- Mr. Complete Sarcasm
Rather amusingly, on the Play Store developers can actually reply to comments left in reviews. We doubt Apple will actually do that though with these ‘toxic’ comments. As of right now, the app has 706 five star reviews weighed against 2736 1 star reviews. The app is also nowhere to be seen in the top download charts for its category on the Store.
You can get the Move to iOS app on the Play Store for free. Hopefully, Apple’s port of Apple Music from iOS will get a better reception when it comes to Android later this year.