Those of us with rooted devices and a penchant for flashing ROMs know just how valuable a great backup tool can be. Titanium backup is undoubtedly one of the most popular (and most useful) backup tools around, and it just got an update to version 5.6.0.

The update, which had been floating around as a "test version" prior to official release, brings a few UI enhancements and fixes, an updated set of translations, and improved "Market Doctor" and "Force Attach" functions to repair broken links between apps and the Play Store.

The real story here, though, is Titanium Backup's new ability to allow for the restoration of ADB backup files (which can be created without root) from TB when rooted.

This is pretty big considering Titanium Backup has traditionally been a root-only app, and will definitely come in handy for users wanting to back up information before taking the plunge into root world (or, for some users, unlocking the bootloader). Here's the full changelog:

What's in this version:

• [PRO] Can restore apps/data from ADB backup file. These backups can be made *without* root on Android 4.0+ with "adb backup" from a computer, and can be restored with TB once you have root. This helps on HTC devices that perform factory reset on bootloader unlock. Encrypted ADB backups are supported.
• [PRO] Improved "Market Doctor" and "Force attach" to properly repair some broken links that previously required "Destroy all Market links".
• UI improvements & fixes.
• Updated translations.

While this update lines up nicely with the timing of Google's 25 Billion download promotion, the developers confirmed via Twitter that the app will, unfortunately, not be part of the promotion.

If you're a rooted user, or a user who wants to root, Titanium Backup needs to be in your arsenal. If you haven't already, hit the widget below to grab its latest iteration.

Liam Spradlin
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  • http://www.twitter.com/morenicano Morenicano

    This app is my #1 favorite app and it just keeps getting better and better!

  • kabloomy

    I highly doubt Google will choose apps that need root for the 25c sale. That would encourage regular people to root, which itself isn't that great for security.

    • randomchars

      Why exactly is rooting wrong for security?

      • Hal Motley

        Providing you have a superuser management application like Superuser or SuperSU the issue is purely warranty related.

        • Matthew Fry

          Giving the user that very access to their devices gives them the ability to shoot themselves in the foot. That affects the security of the device and warranty of the device.

          • Brian Dortch

            yeah how did these people every use a computer

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      The TiBu team has already stated that they will not be participating in the current $0.25 sale (and probably any sale)

  • Tee

    Still the same Froyo-look... Functionality is superb though.

  • Rania

    Couldn't create ADB backup on my Sony xperia ion

    • Rania

      It is running ics

  • shahz

    Adb Backup is only available for android 4.0+

  • John

    I don't know how the hell they keep improving this app, but they keep finding a way time and time again.

  • Geoff Johnson

    Well worth paying full retail price for

  • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

    "This is pretty big considering Titanium Backup has traditionally been a root-only app..."

    Well, TiBU is *still* a root-only app. It only gained the ability to perform a restore from a backup made from a non-root situation, using adb. But it still need root to perform restore.