Upgrading Android users need clear path to their apps

Migrating your addressbook is easy – but what about all your installed apps?

On a regular basis, GoMo News has to migrate from one smartphone to another. Formerly, this used to involve major traumas because it wasn’t possible to save our entire addressbook onto a circa 100 entry SIM card. Now – thanks to storing our contact information on Google, we can easily migrate between handsets. Even to a BlackBerry or a Windows Phone 8 (WP8) handset such as a Nokia Lumia. The major obstacle presently, however, is how to take all of your favourite applications with you as you ‘upgrade’ to a new smartphone? Thanks to Prestigio, we may well have spotted a solution.

For testing purposes, we’re just disguising moving applications from one handset to a newer model – without changing platform. In this case we are still sticking with Android.

Our first step involved a migration away from a Motorola Android based RAZR handset. Initially we moved to the CAT B15 ruggedised handset (from Caterpillar).

This was an extremely interesting experience which educated us into which apps we find indispensable here at GoMo Towers.

With the CAT B15, we decided to behave like a typical construction site worker and see which apps were vital to our everyday survival.

Initially, it was necessary to ensure that all aspects of Google Maps were downloaded and up to date – because getting from A to B is a prime requirement for those who work outdoors.

All this required is that (as an Android user) we logged onto Google Play; and simply accepted the option to ‘upgrade all’ versions of apps which were pre-loaded on the CAT 15.

Then came the apps which we couldn’t live without. One of these is Announcify – because it uses text to voice to warn you who has sent an SMS or who is calling.

Another is FastConnect because it automatically connects the handset’s user to The Cloud’s Wi-fi network. Vital when you go down the pub [bar] to relax after work.

But what of the other apps of which you’ve grown fond? The solution is to go onto Google Play from a desktop computer or tablet and select which apps you need from ‘My apps’.

Play will the queue the apps up for automatic  downloading as soon as you come into Wi-Fi range But this is a manual and lengthy process.

When we started to test the Prestigio5430, however, we spotted what we think might be one half of the solution.

There’s a facility on the 5430 named ‘Installer Prestigio’. If you open this app, it immediately shows 15 third party apps which the vendor recommends.

Great idea. But it needs modifying. What Android users need is to be able to build a list of their favourite apps on Google Play.

Then, when you migrate to a new handset you could activate a variant of Installer Prestigio which recognised your ‘must have’ list and downloaded all the necessary apps.

Does this facility already exist, we wonder?

Anyway, in the meantime we will be investigating two of the suggestions which the 5430 made – SugarSync and Blue, to see why we’ve managed to life without them to date.

About Tony Dennis

Tony is currently Editor of GoMobile News. He's a veteran telecoms journalist who has previously worked for major printed and online titles. Follow him on Twitter @GoMoTweet.
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