Carbon backup from Koush gets renamed Helium

Carbon backup from Koush gets renamed Helium
Koush is one of the stars of the Android development world. He is the dev behind ROM Manager and ClockworkMod, and his latest effort has been to build the backup solution that Android has been lacking. Google has done well to backup what apps you have installed, but not the data that goes along with those apps. So, Koush made Carbon. Unfortunately, there were some trademark issues, so he has had to change the name of the app to Helium.

The name isn't the only thing to have changed in this update either. There aren't any major changes, but some very welcome ones. App icons have been moved to a hidden dot file, so once you redo backups it should cleanup all the app icons from your Gallery, which is always an annoying issue. Additionally, cloud backups are now separate for each device, and there have been some Windows Installer fixes, which should help out those who are using the app without root. For those with root, there is a new option to backup your WiFi settings. 

If you want to give Helium a try, it is available for free in the Google Play Store, and it does not require root as long as you have a Windows PC. 

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7 Comments

1. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

Who in the right mind would confuse "Carbon" with "Carbonite"??? For those who don't know, Carbonite is the company that asked Koush to change the name.... Too many patent trolls these days....

6. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

this developer loves chemistry.

2. N.Reynolds

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

This is REAL old news. PA I'm starting to lose hope in ya.....

4. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Better late than never.

5. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

You took the words right out of my mouth.

3. Allison28

Posts: 19; Member since: May 04, 2013

Helium is FANTASTIC! I used it to transfer my App data from my HTC Amaze to my HTC One and it worked like a charm. Directions are simple and everything takes only minutes! I highly recommend it!

7. JamesG

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 17, 2013

As much as love Koush's work (I have actually bought several of their items, more than once), I have to say I was let down by the developers this time. I'm sticking to G cloud Backup and period.

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