Titanium Backup, a widely popular backup solution for root users, got an update today to version 4.8.4, adding a handful of improvements and functions, not the least of which being support for Box.net backup syncing.

If you're wondering why Box.net support is significant, the reason is this: until now, mobile users have had little use for the cloud service's free 50GB account option, which caps the size of uploads at 100MB, and is only compatible with mobile devices (meaning there's no desktop syncing capability). Integration with an app like Titanium Backup should finally put free Box.net storage to effective use.

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It doesn't look like you can schedule Box.net backups to fire up automatically just yet

Besides Box.net support, the update has a ton of other enhancements. Here's the full changelog:

  • [PRO] Added support for syncing backups to Box (Box.net) cloud storage.
  • [PRO] Added new “Auto-integrate sys Dalvik into ROM” option.
  • Improved app freezer to be ICS-friendly by default. This resolves the problem where apps couldn’t be defrosted on Samsung ICS devices. The freezing method can be changed in Preferences -> Troubleshooting settings.
  • Improved “Power defrost” which is fully compatible with ICS now. This allows Samsung ICS users to defrost anything, including apps that were frozen by previous TB versions.
  • Fixed incorrect display of apps that were disabled by ICS.
  • Fixed FC in case of connectivity problems while uploading backups to Box.
  • Added new “Move app data to/from SD card” batch jobs for Data2SD users (requires an ext2/3/4 partition that is auto-mounted on boot).
  • Improved integration of system app updates to check the free space on ROM before proceeding.
  • Fixed a bug with ongoing notifications not disappearing on Android 1.6 and earlier.
  • Fixed a bug where TB wanted to restart itself even if the backup location didn’t change.
  • Updated translations.
  • Minor bugfixes

If you're already a fan of Titanium Backup, and have been waiting for a reason to use your free Box.net account, hit the widget below to grab the update. If not, this extremely versatile backup solution is definitely worth checking out.

It's also worth noting that Box.net support is only available to pro users, but considering everything else Titanium Backup offers, the pro version may just be worth a $6.58 investment.

Source: Titanium Track Via: Reddit 

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  • Mgamerz

    That 50GB of box I have will sure be handy!

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Exactly why I wanted this posted.

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    The free 50GB Box accounts are limited to 100MB per file and can't use a desktop sync tool, making them completely worthless compared to Dropbox and Sugarsync. This is finally the first legitimate use I've seen for all that Box space.

    • squiddy20

      I've used it for sharing apk files (non-paid of course). For instance, some people have been having problems with Pandora's latest update, but didn't have a backup to roll back to, so I posted mine and I get an email every time "someone" downloads it. I don't think that's possible with Dropbox, or if it is, I haven't found it...

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        It's possible - you just have to put the file into your Public folder, then an option to grab the public link shows up. You don't get an email every time someone downloads it though.

  • Lumy

    Thank you! My Dropbox wasn't large enough to accommodate all my backups, and I've been relying on the old "copy them to pc once every when-I-want-to-flash-something" routine.

    But on the other hand, the sync process will take ages anyway...

  • Kostas

    But still no ICS-based UI. It sucks when I'm on ICS and all I see is orange and the old menu-layout.

  • Crodent

    "Upload to box failed." Everytime. Fails on both gnex and transformer prime. Will have to continue to upload manually, too bad.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I just got that too, I suspect it fails when the screen goes black. Plus, there's no way to automate yet, like you can do with regular auto-backups. I'll be waiting for updates to this functionality.

      • Sam

        why o why still I cannot choose to upload selective apps to the cloud. I want to be able to separate apps into games/utilities/system.

        I don't want to synchronize everything with the cloud.

        Tl;dr Selective backup/restore/upload.

        • Androiduser

          I think you can define labels which will only upload those files to the cloud. Still having problems logging into box so can't even tell if its working or not. Guessing its a feature recently added, I would wait out till it matures. But sure does it feel good to find some use of that 50GB storage. :D

      • Mgamerz

        It isnt in the same schedule option as dropbox was?

        • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

          Never used the Dropbox integration, but it's in the same area where the rest of the schedules are, except it's missing the Scheduling/Enabled checkbox.

        • Mgamerz

          Yeah it's apparently a shared one, I emailed the dev about it trying to get him to allow us to just schedule an upload instead. I don't like only being able to do it as a follow up as I backup old apps as well as new ones on two diff schedules.

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        Turns out the screen doesn't go black during sync, probably to avoid Wi-Fi slowdowns, so that wasn't it. I got about 600MB uploaded on 2nd try, but now it's hitting a permanent error and can't continue. I tried to resume 3 times in a row, and it wouldn't move anymore.

  • randomchars

    I'm really disappointed that nobody mentioned that you should encrypt your stuff before uploading it somewhere as insecure as dropbox or box.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuvDTS9RDrM&hd=1&list=SP9B601B5B9B4F42BE Josh

    If you want to learn about a lot of features in Titanium Backup Pro (that you might not be aware of, I have a video for that!
    I made it late last year, and there has been many new features since then. So I'm going to redo it when I find time.

  • Eric

    Is this as good as advertised? Still a bit of an Android newbie... Thanks

    • Mgamerz

      This app is easily my highest rated app. You can even share data backups between tablet and phone so you can keep your game saves in sync... though its manual, but its great.

  • jetsamrover

    To do scheduled cloud backups you have to create a scheduled backup or edit an existing one and change the "When Finished" option to "sync to box".

    My backups to box still fail every time. I think it may be a file size issue, because I get upload fails when trying to upload large videos to Box through ES File Explorer. Small files like images work fine. Anyone know if Box has a file size limitation?

    Also, encrypt encrypt encrypt. Even locally, unencrypted titanium backups allows a thief to wipe your phone and restore your backups to access your personal data and bypass any locks.

    • Mgamerz

      Good point about the encryption... I'll have to do that.

  • DP

    It isn't possible to sync to subfolders in Box,net yet is it? On v4.8.4.1 and can never get it to sync to "Folder1/Folder2" but it works for "Folder1"

  • MarcD

    My backup was failing constantly at the same point. I filtered out files over 100mb with labels. Seems to work now. Upload still breaks down, but continues from where it left off when you run it again.

  • RonFisk

    I seem to be having the same problem pushing my TitaniumBackup to Box. I've tried several times and it always seems to fail at the same spot. In my case it's at 1200/1220.
    I don't know if that has any significance, but I thought I'd pass it along...

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=750851730 Kim Nilsson

    Haven't enough people been pushing for removal of the "max 100 MB" filesize limit? With 50 GB storage, why should they care if synced files are larger than 100 MB?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Duh, because they want you to upgrade.