Samsung has launched “iTest”, an interactive website experience designed to let iPhone users test Android on a Galaxy device, or “try the other side”, as Samsung puts it.
The ITest website is being advertised in New Zealand, according to a MacRumors reader who came across the feature. Visiting the iTest website on an iPhone prompts users to install a web app on the Home screen.
From there, the tapping of the app to a simulated Galaxy smartphone home screen starts complete with a number of apps and setting options. You can open the Galaxy Store, use themes and even access your messaging and phone apps.
You get simulated phone calls to tell you about Galaxy features, as well as a series of messages, plus a camera tutorial from plumber and photographer Logan Dodds that goes through all the available shooting options.
There are a number of tips that pop up as you navigate through the interface to tell you about all the features that are unavailable, plus you can browse the Galaxy Wearable app with all Samsung accessories.
The Gallery app displays photos, there are tutorials for Samsung Kids and the Samsung Health apps, and the settings app lets you know about some of the customization features available.
Samsung’s interactive experience is neat, and there are even a few jokes added. For example, when you go to the Settings app, tap a setting that the experience was simplified “so that our developer could have a lunch break.”
Although Samsung seems to be announcing this experience in New Zealand at the moment, anyone can try it out. It’s a useful way to look at the features available on Galaxy devices if you do not own one, and it’s definitely Samsung’s most ambitious effort yet to attract iPhone users.