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Apr
2012-04-18 17h30_25

Google has never really made it a priority to give Android a desktop syncing and management client like iTunes is for the iPhone. For the most part, it hasn't been missed that much. Google can perform cloud-based backups of app data, contacts, email, photos, music, and just about everything else you might need. If you use all of its services, of course. Moborobo, on the other hand, is a beautiful client that does all of that and more right from your desktop.

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One of the nicest features of this device is that it can operate entirely via a WiFi connection, so whether you're backing up/transferring contacts, managing your apps, or fiddling with your photos, you can do it all without ever plugging in your device. The install/setup process isn't the smoothest we've seen, but it's pretty easy to get set up.

The tool is extremely powerful and, for the power users among you who need some extra controls, there's no reason to pass up this app. Grab it from the source link below, or read more about it on AddictiveTips' incredibly in-depth review here.

Source: Moborobo via AddictiveTips

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • sssgadget

    sucks no Mac support

    • Tony Allen

      No, it sucks you bought a Mac. :)

      • sssgadget

        cool story bro...

        and seriously that's your reply? Oh well...

        • Rokk

           You have a mac, but you have an android. What happened to your iphone?

        • Rufus55

          Says someone responding with "cool story bro..."

        • http://twitter.com/sotweetethJerel Jerel Henderson

          Dude, just suck it up and lol at his comment like the rest of us are doing.

        • Gongonzabar Farbin

          @915213d56ca7534d68f7fc4061ce261d:disqus, I went to Google IO last year and you know what the majority of laptops used was?  That's right, Macs, and there's probably not a more hardcore base of Android fanboys.

        • Efthymios

          just boot into windows, mate. Don't they offer that to all Apple computers, since, you know, they're practically pc-compatibles with a few gimmicks so you can't add "nonapproved" hardware and a double price tag? They do look nice, gotta give them that ;)

        • fixxmyhead

          "cool story bro" seriously u sound like the 12 yr old.

  • aNYthing6

    No ICS support? Boo.

    • Ldspcg

      HTC Sensation with ICS here working

    • xnifex

       From the review that's linked:
      "Official support lists only up to Gingerbread for all devices, but we were able to
      successfully test the application on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich,
      so that shouldn’t be an issue."

      • Jamie Sidford

        can't get my Nexus S running CM9(4.0.4) to connect.

  • Jonathan Wong

    No Linux support?  Boo

  • Eileya

    Airdroid is enough

  • http://www.facebook.com/KevlarGibs Brandon Knapp

    just wondering if anyone has any long-term use of this, or any input from a security standpoint... obviously this software is going to have access to a lot of personal data, and looking at some of their android apps, they have questionable permissions anyway... (why would a media player need to place calls?)  it looks interesting, it would be nice to have all these functions in one place, but it would be nice to know how legit this company is first

  • xnifex

    "Google performs cloud-based backups of app data, contacts, email, photos, music, and just about everything else you might need."

    Google has never restored my app data or bookmarks, ever.

    • moelsen8

       i've gotten bookmarks before a bunch of times, but it's like rolling the dice with any of the devices i've had in the last 2 years.. all 6 or 7 android devices we own.

      and it's funny, but app data can backup to the cloud.. devs actually have the tools.  they just don't do it apparently.  this is what i would like the most from a desktop manager.  i root for like 50% backups, 50% tweaks.

      i don't know if this is completely it, but i've seen pages on google about it.  i've never seen it happen before though for me.  hell, half the time my apps don't even reinstall.
      http://code.google.com/android/backup/index.html

    • Level380

      Google provides these services in the android API, its upto the application to use them. So if your not using the stock browser (aka every device other than the nexus devices!) its upto the OEM to enable backing up via the API. Sadly they dont do this!

      Its why when you signin using your google account, all the google products get configured correctly. For example on ICS once you signin, your gmail is setup, your contacts are sync'd, settings like my 'incase found' message on the lockscreen are restored. All my photos in G+ and picasa are sync'd down to the device (thumbnails and low res versions)

      Its coming..... You need to push the dev more if they are not using it!

      • xnifex

         Ah ok, so HTC is just slacking it!

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

          Not just HTC - almost all devs don't ever implement this. In fact, I've never even seen an app that does, though it's very possible. I did hear a lot about how unreliable this service is, one of the biggest issues being that the bacukps (or was it restores?) are done asynchronously, whenever your device decides to do it, which adds a level of complexity developers don't want to deal with.

    • Level380

      Ask your dev of the app to enable this

      http://developer.android.com/guide/topics/data/backup.html 

    • Tee

      'Google has never restored my app data or bookmarks, ever'

      Same here, until I went to the 'grey area' and flashed ICS to my SGS1. Suddenly the backup system has started to work. But never when I used official Gingerbread builds.

  • Lyn

    How does this compare to AirDroid?

    • Karthik Kumar

      It's pretty much the same from the looks of it. 

  • http://twitter.com/cranky_unfun_1 Steven T

    I love that it's billed as "The All-In-One Software for your Android Needs"...right under a picture of the iPhone.

    *Yes, 2 of 3 phones shown are Android but still, if you're pushing the Android angle, don't show me non-Android phones; it makes me think that your marketing team is less tech-savvy than they should be.

    • xnifex

       It supports iOS too. Read the review

    • Rufus55

      Wow, the things people complain about these days.

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

      It syncs stuff between Android and iOS devices, that's why they're there, not because someone thought an iPhone was an Android device. Come on.

    • frankie

      it is mainly an android tool, but it supports limited IOS functions. One of the cool thing is to sync contacts between iphone and android using the backup/import function.  i found it quite easy to use, if you have both iPhones and Android phones in your family, or is switching between iPhone/Android.

  • http://twitter.com/ElimentalD Ed Limental

    One thing that always bug me when it comes to permissions and access to my phones is where does the company the give me software make its money, and I am sorry I do not see them selling anything not even on the themes pages. Now add to that the permissions the mobile phone app wants tells me I am the product so thanx but no thanx.

  • NemaCystX

    Wow this application is pretty nifty, don't even need to put it into disc mode.  It can see all the data on the phone and the SD card, including the apps, pictures, videos, contacts, phone numbers. its like a smorgasbord of features

    Thanks for posting this article, I found a great new way to sync my contentIt even lets you take screenshots from within the PC application (great for older NON-ICS devices)

  • Zacisblack

    It can backup my Apps and App Data but not my music?

  • http://twitter.com/benbaranovsky Ben Baranovsky

    I don't see a Mac client download...

  • Horse

    This looks awesome, but I'm more than a little hesitant to hand over so much personal information. At least with Google services I can rest assured knowing they already know everything there is to know about me. I don't feel compelled to give that privilege to a second party.

    • frankie

      the data is kept on your PC. i believe.   The SW does not fetch your data and pass it onto the internet.

  • notAlone

    How come nobody talks about MyPhoneExplorer? It isn't as pretty but it is powerful.

    http://www.fjsoft.at/

    • Lyn

      Seconding MPE. I still use it even if I have AirDroid, I love taking screenshots of my phone's screen with it.

    • Whargharbl

      I used that years ago when I had a SE dumbphone. Neat little program, didn't know it was still around.

  • cooldoods

    How does this compare to Samsung Kies Air?

  • http://twitter.com/JirafaBo JirafaBo

    OK I'll try it out but if I have to look at my phone and type in some IP address on my computer every time just to connect, you can bet your ass I'll be uninstalling it within a day.  So many PC to Android apps have lost my interest because of that.  To me, that's just as bad as plugging in a USB and selecting mount.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1645382940 Красимир Стефанов

    No Evo 3D support and no Linux version... totally useless to me.

  • Simon Belmont

    I think I prefer AirDroid. AirDroid just runs in your web browser and doesn't need any extra software downloaded to your computer.

    The AirDroid app generates a login password and you just navigate to the IP address of your phone or tablet on your wireless network and enter that password and it works. It looks like Moborobo does something similar but with proprietary software needed on your computer as well.

  • fc321

    November2012: Best app is AirDroid. Free and transfers over your wifi connection

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