Feb 22 AT 6:05 PM Dustin Earley 13 Comments

New HTC Sync Manager will take advantage of iPhone backup files


One of the easiest ways to keep customers with the platform they originally start with is lock-in. Once you commit, to iOS for example, it can be a pain transferring all your data to Android. HTC wants to take advantage of this burden, by offering up a new feature in HTC Sync Manager that allows new HTC One users to transfer data from iPhone backup files to their shiny new device.

By allowing iPhone backup files to be used with HTC Sync Manager, HTC may have just captured a wide section of the market, consisting of users who don’t want to be bothered with manually transferring data, or afraid to take the plunge to Android for the loss of convenience.

The latest Sync Manager update set to launch with the HTC One will allow consumers to pull photos, videos, text messages and calendar appointments from iPhone backups, and push them to the HTC One. HTC Sync Manager already includes limited iTunes support, making future syncing even easier. No word on whether or not iPhone backup compatibility will be available to older HTC handsets yet.

What do you think of HTC Sync Manager’s new found ability? Is a smart move, or are there more important things they should be working on?

Source: Cnet

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • alexanderharri3

    A fascinating attempt to lure iPhone users to HTC with as much ease add possible… Until Apple makes changes to break things again.

    • Evan

      I’m pretty sure HTC and Apple entered into a cross licensing deal. Not sure if this has anything to do with it or not.

    • ureden

      Good way to unlock encrypted iPhone backup file: http://youtu.be/mPkai1vEth8

  • jeshep

    Being able to transfer data is great. Now Google or someone else needs to facilitate the transfer of apps and their data from iOS to really make the transition easy and cheap.

    • UK loses AAA because of PL salaries

      A step in the right direction for HTC. Moreover, Canada & Germany are the only major economies to remain a top AAA rating! LOL

  • donger

    Good for new Android users coming from the Apple iOS camp.

  • aranea

    It’s a good move on HTC’s end. Contacts are easy but it’s the sms, pictures and such is always not the easiest even from one android phone to another.

  • LucenNox

    Yeah, HTC! Milk that cross-licensing deal for all it’s worth!

  • Nathan D.

    Nice, stealing some market share from Apple see and hopefully this will go to other devices ads well.

  • Kieran

    Good way to get business but why not try to look after what you already have and make the skygo android app available to all android softwarein stead of the old software that’s on the HTC desire

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  • Paul

    That is an awesome idea. Not sure why Samsung or anyone else hasn’t thought of it yet. A lot of iPhone users simply don’t want to bother with transferring all their stuff over. This makes it easy to take the Android plunge. This really could be a game changer for HTC if they market it right and show it off and make it easy and stay on top of bug fixes.

    • AlexM

      OK, first of all it seems nobody uses Samsung Kies for this. Samsung was there long time before this sync manager from HTC. Samsung Kies offers you the option of importing your Apple backup to your device. I managed to sync my iTunes backup to my Samsung S2 device with Samsung Kies with 2 clicks, well that is something and Samsung has it! This is how you do it: http://www.samsung.com/us/support/SupportOwnersFAQPopup.do?faq_id=FAQ00048217&fm_seq=52405. Wonder why nobody remembers this when writing these articles!

      Of help in extracting data from iTunes, iPad or iPod devices is the iphonebackupextractor.com too. They are some pretty cool and smart guys.