30
Jan
carbon

Earlier this month, we took a look at famed Android developer Koushik "Koush" Dutta's newest app: Carbon. Having absolutely nothing to do with the heavily belated Twitter app of the same name, this Carbon is a backup tool for apps and app data. So, how's it different than Titanium Backup? It doesn't require root. To put it mildly, this is something that Android users have longed for since, well, always.

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Now, the application has left its beta stages behind and is available in the Play Store in both free and pro variants. The free version will get you full backup/restore to/from SD card and PC (requires your phone's drivers), for both rooted and non-rooted users. For an additional fee of $5, the app also offers an ad-free experience, automatic backups, and – most importantly – cloud backups. With the latter option enabled, Carbon can automatically send your backups to your Dropbox, Box, or Google Drive account. You'll never lose anything again.

As good as this all sounds, there's one pretty big caveat: it doesn't work on Motorola devices. Why? Because "Motorola phones have a bug that break Android's backup mechanism." Let's hope Google can fix that mess in its upcoming Googorolamotooogle phones. Koush notes, however, if you do get it to work on your Moto phone to let him know.

You'll find full instructions on how to get Carbon working with your (non-Motorola) phone in the app's description. Hit the widget below to head there now.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • MeCampbell30

    I award Koush 10 internet points.

    Take my money, damnit!

  • flippingthecoins

    Till then will use Titanium Backup for my Atrix 2

  • Brandito

    So if this uses the built in android backup, is it safe to assume it's unable to backup every app? I've had trouble with this method in the past wehere certain apps are not able to be backed up.

    • Arcest

      Indeed, what happens with applications whose policy is to never backup the apk even if selected?

      An even more, it inherits all bugs and issues of adb. I guess there is no other way to backup without being root.

  • http://twitter.com/trlovejoy trlovejoy

    One (1) hit on Google for "Googorolamotooogle". Very Well Done!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      haha - you read it here first!

  • Arcest

    It uses internally adb backup I think

    • HebeGuess

      It is.

  • jonathan3579

    My Atrix HD (4.1.1) is not compatible. :(

    • Charlie Shelley

      Note: Carbon is NOT available to Motorola devices. This is because Motorola phones have a bug that break Android's backup mechanism. Until this is fixed by Motorola, Carbon will not work on those Androids.

      • jonathan3579

        Thanks for that. I haven't owned a Motorola device in such a long time and I'm finding many apps I used on my other phones are not compatible. I guess it's time to move on...again

  • JG

    If the phone is running a custom rom (though same kernel), is it still considered a Moto phone?

    I'm thinking I may soon root my stock .621 Droid X (after the phone tricked me into upgrading & loosing my root). Since I'll be forced to flash Milestone onto it, I'm kind of thinking "what's one more flash" & might just head over to CM7.2 while I'm messing about.

  • Chris

    Nice. Backups shouldnt need a silly root. In-fact backups should be built in android.

    • Arcest

      They are using adb backup and restore, but is not a complete solution. Of course it doesn't backup the kernel, recovery, efs, radio and such. It's just for some of the user data and user applications.

      • http://www.facebook.com/rmkattan Rami Kattan

        I don't think Carbon is made for Pro users (for the moment), it is more for Non rooted users who want to backup Angry Birds progress....

        • Arcest

          You can do that with adb backup directly, since it doesn't require root.

  • Fadakar

    Isn't Koush the guy that does CWM? Because I absolutely hate that over TWRP. Is there any reason to use this over TiB?

    • MeCampbell30

      Did you even read the article or watch the video?

      • Fadakar

        Watched the video AND read the article, doesn't seem like anything TiB can't do with the proper filters in place.

        • http://www.facebook.com/rmkattan Rami Kattan

          except backup Non-Rooted devices...

          His workaround to use a pc client to do the backup on the phone is great, unfortunately I love Rooted devices :)

  • http://twitter.com/jasgalda Taffer

    I sure hope this constantly asks me to rate it and check out his other apps like Rom Manager does. That's a super great feature.

    • http://twitter.com/Telanis_ Telanis

      It's especially great that it does so on the Pro version too. Really a dick move.

  • JewelEyedGamerGirl

    Gee, I would let them know if I can get it working on Moto except that it won't even let you download it...

  • valapsp

    Can anyone confirm if it's able to backup need for speed most wanted's data?

  • chubbycheese
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