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Android backup solution Carbon out of beta and in the Play Store

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Android backup solution Carbon out of beta and in the Play Store
A couple weeks ago, we told you that Koush, creator of ClockworkMod Recovery and ROM Manager, had a new beta app in the works for Android users. The app, called Carbon, promised to be the app backup and sync solution that was missing from the platform, and today that app left its beta status behind and was released into the Google Play Store.

The app is designed to allow users to backup apps and app data to local storage or the cloud, or to sync apps and data between Android devices. But, the best thing about the app is that it does not require a rooted device. Setup will have a couple extra steps if you aren't rooted, but the app will still work, which automatically gives Carbon a step up on the reigning Android backup king, Titanium Backup.

The app comes in two flavors. There is a free version of the app which is ad-supported and limits users to backups and restores from local storage or your PC, and the premium version ($4.99) which removes the ads and allows for automatic backups, syncing between Android devices, and backing up to cloud services Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box. 

The only thing to be wary of is that the app will not work on Motorola devices because Motorola devices have a bug that breaks Android's backup mechanism. 

source: Koush

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posted on 30 Jan 2013, 15:12

1. thephoneguy92 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Hmm, just searched the play store and couldn't find it..

Edit: Just kidding.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 15:34 1

5. lauremar (Posts: 181; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)


Link address to Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.koushikdutta.backup&rdid=com.koushikdutta.backup&rdot=1&feature=md

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 16:01

8. abdane (Posts: 474; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


that's exactly what's missing ! the last thing is a game center alike ! GO GO GOOGLE ! :D

Big thx to creators of CWM and ROM manager ^_^

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 16:51

11. cmikeh2 (Posts: 25; Member since: 09 May 2012)


Yeah apparently blogs started publishing stuff about it being in the store before he was ready and he had to put it into the store a little earlier than he liked.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 15:21

2. Fantazma (Posts: 5; Member since: 27 May 2012)


huawei backup can also backup app and app data without a rooted device...it can be installed on any android phones..

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 15:23 3

3. Meleagru (Posts: 84; Member since: 03 Dec 2012)


I'm hopeful that this will be included in one of the future versions of Android, along with a power-saving option.It's almost ironic that today, most of battery drains that happen on current Android smartphone are from Google services which misbehave and don't know when to stop trying to contact Google.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 15:30

4. BackHandLegend (Posts: 80; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)


Wow, no more titanium backup. This makes flashing roms more interesting :D

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 15:51

6. dsDoan (Posts: 216; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


What do you mean? How does this change flashing ROMs?

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 16:28

10. Atrixboyyy (Posts: 244; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Technically its the same if not a longer process, unless they have a website where you can go to after flashing so you can sign in and sync. Otherwise great idea for nexus and non micro SD compatible devices.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 16:53

12. BackHandLegend (Posts: 80; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)


Well doesn't this make sure all of your apps are backed up to a cloud where you can just sync and keep going from where you left off?

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 22:42

13. Atrixboyyy (Posts: 244; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Yes they both do but without a website its practically the same except you'll have to download and restore instead of just restoring

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 15:57 1

7. techguy22 (Posts: 226; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


i just bought it. worked on my S3, not my nexus 7. pretty cool but titanium does more. i bought titanium too ...long time ago :D

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 01:06

15. valapsp (Posts: 473; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


yeah doesn't work on my N7 too.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 16:16

9. torr310 (Posts: 359; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


"The only thing to be wary of is that the app will not work on Motorola devices because Motorola devices have a bug that breaks Android's backup mechanism. "

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 23:51

14. maryaaadil (Posts: 146; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)


How is it different then Titanium Backup?
Edit: excluding d fact that it doesn't require root

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 01:53

16. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Sweet :)

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 13:32

17. JeffPom (unregistered)


So - what are we to do if we have a Motorola device? I NEED a Backup!!!

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