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Carbon backup from Koush gets renamed Helium

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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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posted on 04 May 2013, 15:51 9

1. alltechinside (Posts: 248; Member since: 21 Apr 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....

posted on 05 May 2013, 01:13

6. omar300 (Posts: 209; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)

this developer loves chemistry.

posted on 04 May 2013, 16:21

2. N.Reynolds (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)

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

posted on 04 May 2013, 19:17

4. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Better late than never.

posted on 04 May 2013, 19:47

5. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

You took the words right out of my mouth.

posted on 04 May 2013, 19:16 2

3. Allison28 (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 May 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!

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 05:11

7. JamesG (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Jun 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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