Switch to Windows Phone app released, welcomed with hostility on the Play Store

by: Bogdan BeleMay 1, 2013

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The Switch to Windows Phone Android app has made its debut in the Google Play Store, and not many users had good things to say about it.

The app uses Quixey’s search engine to match apps on the two platforms and show you what apps (or similar counterparts) you’ll be able to use once you might decide to make the switch to Windows Phone. Well, Android users who gave it a shot didn’t seem to like the idea too much or the way it was put into use.

That’s an easy thing to figure out, since Switch to Windows Phone had an average rating of 1.5 out of 5 stars from 233 reviews at the time this article was written. The most common complaint is about the app not actually giving a list of similar or identical apps you’ll be able to use on Windows Phone. Instead, you just get some tiles and a percentage, which some users claim isn’t even accurate.

A user says that he would like to know exactly which 90% of apps will be available before he dishes out between $300 and $600 on a Windows Phone, while many otherss are complaining about the fact that the app refuses to work unless the phone battery level is at over 50%.

There are users that are even more aggressive, accusing Microsoft of being desperate or of making “sad attempts” of conning users into getting a Windows Phone, and there are some reviews that show Android users’ sense of humor, like this one:

[quote qtext=”I switched to windows phone without this app and almost none of my apps were on windows phone. After using this app 92% of my apps are on windows phone. Also after using this app my back pain disappeared and I got a big raise.” qperson=”Adil Chauhan” qsource=”Google Play Store review” qposition=”center”]

All in all, it doesn’t seem that Microsoft has helped its cause too much with the Switch to Windows Phone app (at least the recent ad was really funny).

Do you think the Switch to Windows Phone app is a good idea on Microsoft’s part?

  • Ted

    hahaha no way !!!!

  • geral7

    Yeah i love windows phone 8 the unfreezable OS

  • raylight

    I’m more curious with those that give it 5 star rating..

  • David

    This item is not available in your country.

    Of course it isn’t! I can’t even find Windows Phone 8 handsets here. Thanks for reminding me, Microsoft!

  • MasterMuffin

    I wonder if Adil Chauhan knows he’s “famous” :D Probably (sadly) many of the reviews are from over fandroids who hate Microsoft. At least the same happens often when Google puts some apps to App Store. I see lots of people giving it bad reviews just because it’s Google. Another example is “iLunascape” web browser in Google Play. The first review says “we don’t want your iShit here, one star”…

    • These people are really stupid, I agree… but… but… the filthy app doesn’t works!!

  • CiMO

    Hell NO ! I had a Win phone (HTC HD7) before and I regretted it every single day until it was time for my next upgrade. I would rather get an iPhone (and I really dislike Apple)

  • Ivan Budiutama

    Here is in my personal opinion for Microsoft/Nokia WP:

    1. The price (of windows phone) is too damn high currently even with great build quality, with the same price, people can get S3 in compare to 920. Ok here is the deal, WP might “perform” better, thanks to the metro minimalist design, but S3 offered greater value with Google integration,

    • Geek at heart

      The cost for Windows Phone licenses is not that far off from Android at this point :)

  • Alu Zeros

    Windows 8 awesome flexibility and easy navigation, Not!

  • fdghjk

    No. I love Windows Phone but Microsoft needs to stop the bashing and put more work into improving WP and making good ads.

    • Geek at heart

      It was a funny commercial, got to give them credit for that. People can’t stop talking about it which was probably the intent.

  • Geek at heart

    LOL – Gotta love fanboys.

    The app is meant to help people who decided to make the switch transition to Windows phone. Its not meant to drive users to switch…

    • Well, it won’t help anyone to switch to anywhere since it doesn’t works at all.

  • qwertyphone

    Why it is not available in my country??? (Indonesia