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Titanium Backup, one of the most powerful – and popular – backup utilities available for Android, got an update to version 6.0 today. Don't get too excited though – the version bump consists primarily of bug fixes and optimizations, along with a few updated translations. Oh, and a redesigned menu. Yes, Titanium Backup's design is finally getting some attention, but not quite in the way we'd hoped – take a look at the before and after screens below.


While the menu has been better organized into one screen (rather than a lengthy, scrolling overflow), the blue-on-blue-on-black color scheme doesn't fit well with the rest of the app, and the placement of the word "menu" where an action overflow icon would typically live doesn't do much to bring the app closer to Android's suggested design archetype.

All of that being said, the app still works as well as ever, and has a few less bugs. We can only hope that some day its interface will be as beautiful as the underlying functionality.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • squrel23

    I sense the need for a Tasker-esque redesign...

    • http://twitter.com/sam1am John Samuel αΩ

      A half-assed attempt that completely misses the point?

  • http://twitter.com/ReeseAndPieces Rhys

    not as bad as getting spammed with pop-ups in his app which i paid 8 bucks for

    • abqnm

      What pop-ups? The change log after an update? That can be turned off.

      • Todd

        He means the popups for his other apps like media sync.

      • fixxmyhead

        where i cant find that option

    • enomele

      1 Popup, and only once ever. Unless you uninstall it.

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

        That is a common side effect of wiping data and re-installing TiBu before you restore everything else. Flash addicts can attest to this.

  • duke69111

    I kind of like it. Its a lot cleaner and easier to read.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.dimartino Joe DiMartino

    I like it too... I don't get ads from it...

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667020551 Jose Torres

    Makes more sense not having to select "batch" anymore to migrate between internal mem and SD card, for instance. Not too shabby but yea I get your point.

  • kindrudekid

    Does it really matter? i have schedules for my backups and they upload to dropbox...
    only time i use the app is when i register a new device,

    I use to use it frequently when changing roms, but with the ability to create update.zip meh!

  • Joseph Cascio

    Great...I updated and now there is no menu button at all. Not even the menu capacitive button works. (On the LG Optimus G) Time to send in a bug report.

  • Sorian

    As long as it still works and they didn't make anything too hard to find, I am fine with this.

  • Dinofan01

    Love the app. It's always one of the first apps I download when starting fresh but could someone design him a proper redesign for this app? Just because it works well doesn't mean it has to look ugly. Seeing what Google saw what was possible with Tasker was amazing. If only we could see more potential with this app.

    • cwagner

      You should keep the .apk somewhere. Most roms have a terminal emulator preinstalled (su pm install TitaniumBackup_latest.apk) or ADB "adb install TitaniumBackup_latest.apk" from your PC. Afterwards you can have fun restoring stuff;)

      • Simon Belmont

        Yes, Or he could just use the built-in functionality of TiBu and create a flashable .zip of the TiBu apk.

        That way all he has to do is flash that along with his ROM and GApps and he has TiBu ready to use. Better yet, he could flash all of his backed up apps from a .zip, something else TiBu Pro can do.

        • cwagner

          For some reason I never really tried that feature:D Can I decide which apps to save with data and which without?

          • Simon Belmont

            I've always restored with data, so I'm not 100% sure about that. That would be cool though, if you can.

            Sometimes you want to start fresh. Love that feature though.

          • cwagner

            Thanks, guess I'll have to try it;)

            My phone is running 4.1 and the official update is still 2.3 so I have to restore 99% of my apps w/o data or risk slowing it to a standstill;)

          • Cherokee4Life

            what phone do you have?

          • cwagner

            HTC Desire Z (T-Mobile G2 in the US)

          • Cherokee4Life

            I agree 100% of the time. That is why I haven't done any of them! lol

  • https://twitter.com/#!/psycho_maniac_ Jerry Lange

    I havent used TiBa in a long time.

  • Tristan Clarke

    A lot of these teams either don't or can't hire designers due to budget. These tweak/backup apps are very popular in the rooting community and could probably find volunteers to do ui/ux design

    Great app nonetheless

  • Mark LaFlamme

    I like it. Of course, they could smear the interface with feces and I'd be okay with it, as long as it continues to do all the great things it does. Love Titanium.

  • Titanium_Tatiana

    Why does every app have to be ruled by "Android's suggested design archetype"?
    What they have done is a step in the right direction of: uncomplicated menu of options.
    For a power user, that's enough. Why do they need to look like every other app?
    Let that other OS be ruled by the Nazi-like "make the UI look like this or you shall not exist".
    Titanium is about getting shit done! It does it, and it does it well. Fuq been pretty!

    • SAI

      Its not a rule, it's a guideline. It's there to help developers who don't know how to design with some guidelines. Check out http://developer.android.com/design/index.html.

      The apps do not have to adhere to these principles but they help because it provides a consistent user experience for different apps. I actually think the Holo-esque apps are one of the more visually appealing apps.

    • omegavesko

      It's not just ugly, it's a usability nightmare. 90% of the UI consists of things users don't need to see, and the main feature, batch backup/restore, is hidden in a bloody overflow menu.

      How anybody can think this is good design is beyond me.

      • http://twitter.com/cthonctic Cthonctic

        Batch actions are still reachable via the same icon as always. Sure, there's an additional link in the overflow menu, but that certainly doesn't weaken the overall UX. The redesign could have been done better still, no doubt. But it's a nice incremental improvement.

      • Cherokee4Life

        what? really everything i need to use it for is really easy to do and find.

      • Titanium_Tatiana

        Then sorry, you're not a power user!
        Do you even lift?

        Ok seriously, I agree the menu is full of many many features but the app isn't made for newbies so it's probably a good thing that it's not as simple as a few key presses to run operations.
        Since, if used incorrectly, could mess your phone up good and proper!

        • j

          just because you like something to look nice doesn't make you any less of a "power user"
          get off your high horse and quit being pugnacious.
          TiBu - however glorious its functionality - is ugly. admit it.

          • Titanium_Tatiana

            Relax Britney Spears.
            I did follow with the word "seriously" which would indicate that my opening line was said jokingly.
            AND no I do not mind the look. In the last few days I've installed ParanoidAndroid PIE on my phone, ParanoidAndroid 2.51 and then settled with JellyBeer 3.
            On my tablet I installed Nexus PRO then CM and then settled with PA 2.50.
            Titanium made the migration of all my apps and data effortless.
            Not once did I stop and wish that the app should look more "holo".

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      No one is suggesting that TB needs to look like every other app, but the menu is even less pretty than before in my opinion. Second, people mistake the design guidelines as strict rules aiming to make every app conform to a very rigid style. That's not the case. The guidelines are just that - guidelines - and aim to educate developers on Android's overall visual language, allowing them to make apps that don't look entirely out of place on the platform.

    • Astrofrigo

      *cough* I'm guessing you didn't see iOS apps?

    • http://twitter.com/sam1am John Samuel αΩ

      One reason is that when you follow design guidelines people will immediately be familiar with how to use the app. For something like Titanium, which has the worst UX of any popular app I'm aware of (by far), that would probably mean a lot if the goal is people actually using the app.

      Another reason is that when something looks good people will buy it. If Titanium wasn't such a complicated mess it would be even more popular because so many more non-power users would be game to try it.

  • Kipp Swanson

    I like it a lot. And never had any ads.

  • http://twitter.com/snalty bad wolf

    touch targets aren't big enough

  • bungadudu

    Are there any other good alternatives to this?

  • cwagner

    Yeah, okay, still kinda ugly. But now it's not a wall of menu entries any more:D I'm really happy:D

  • dinosoup

    Who even cares? It looks much better now.

  • Simon Belmont

    Love Titanium Backup. It was my first paid app download ever and it's been indispensable.

    The redesign doesn't bother me much. At least they're finally starting to redo the UI so it's a bit less daunting to use, especially for the newbie rooters.

  • Paul

    Does someone tried this *free* backup application : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pommedeterresautee.twoborange3

    It works super well, and the design is perfect!

  • Gaui

    Maybe they are going to redesign the app in this same style as the brand new menu? I hope so.

  • Cherokee4Life

    I like it. It was a pleasant surprise. It wasn't like it ruined the app or anything

  • GraveUypo

    i guess i'm about the only one here who couldn't care less about glitter (following android guidelines and whatnot) if it's not confusing and it works efficiently. it's far from perfect, but it's better than it was, therefore to me this was definitively a step in the RIGHT direction.

    [edit] wait. i guess i'm not the only one.

  • Reginald Spence II

    It could be worse. Imagine if you had to use terminal emulator for everything TiBU does? I'd take it's user interface any day over using the terminal.

  • tobiasmann

    I think everyone will agree that with this kind of app, finding what you need in it, when you need it out weighs the graphical experience. Especially when it is an app that you all rarely have to use. And based upon what I have seen of the change, I am pretty happy with it.

  • flosserelli

    Some people will bitch about the sun coming up in the morning...

    The menu functionality has not changed, only the appearance. If you don't like the new design, then find another backup app or create your own.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      Dude, I'm a night owl, I have an excuse ;)

  • kane

    Glad somebody said it. I have used TiBu since day one with the OG. The UI is bad. It could manage a number of things better for crack flashers. If I have to do a factory reset it should help me choose the correct Android ID or whatever when it finds more than one.

  • http://twitter.com/Dave_BG Dave Bg

    I do not mind the interface as long as the functions work the same way. Also you can always keep the old version...

  • Hemant Gupta

    I found this app https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.antheminfotech.AiSmsSecure ... its only 130k ... has 0 click backup or a scheduled backups... it all I need ... I just loved it.

  • Hemant Gupta

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.antheminfotech.AiSmsSecure this app is great... only 130 k, 0 click backup also included... simply great.

  • Bryan Eaton

    I just wish could schedule a sync to dropbox.. the UI looks fine to me btw.

  • sunny tewathia

    It is my all time favorite app.... The best app for rooter phones..