Avast has been busy today. The company has released its new Mobile Backup app in Google Play, and it looks to have an okay feature set (it was previously in beta). The Mobile Security and Antivirus app also got a substantial update. Mobile Backup will grab your contacts, call log, images, videos, SMS, and more, then upload them to the cloud for safe keeping.

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Avast Mobile Backup also does app backups for rooted users, which is pretty handy. The app includes basic functionality for free, but if you want images, audio, app data, and videos backed up, you'll need a premium subscription. The small stuff like call logs and SMS go to Avast's servers, but the larger files like apps, pictures, and videos go to Google Drive. A premium subscription costs $1.99 per month or $14.99 per year.

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As for that mobile security app, Avast has revamped the experience. It actually looks very similar to the new Mobile Backup app. There is also a premium add-on for this one priced the same as Mobile Backup. It adds app locking, remote SMS, data recovery, backup features, and more. Yes, this app does some of the same backup stuff the new app does, but it looks less extensive and configurable. Here's the full changelog:

  • New App Locking feature (Premium)
  • New Ad Detector feature in Privacy Advisor (Premium)
  • Dashboard redesign, plus additional interface changes to improve user experience
  • New features inside Anti-Theft (e.g. Geo-fencing, picture taking)
  • New Backup functionality
  • Bulgarian language added

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Between these two apps you should be able to manage your device quite well, especially if you spring for the premium subscription.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    I chuckle at "upload them to the cloud for safe keeping" now a days.

    "I would _strongly_ recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States". - Ladar Levison, Owner and Operator, Lavabit LLC

    • http://ashutoshmishra.org/ Ashutosh Mishra

      Avast! is based in the Czech Republic.

      • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

        I wasn't talking about Avast in particular. Any company that says "give your data to us, we'll keep it safe". In case of Avast, even if they are HQd outside of usa, they have physical ties to the usa.

    • Gargamel

      And a company tied to India will not share our data with the Indian gov? Give me a break. Every cloud backup operator is sharing/will give the data to the local gov. Same for VOIP operators, IM operators, etc.

      We have to choose which gov is the least evil...

      • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

        Why do you have to give your data to your govt. willingly, when you can avoid it..? Make your backup or whatever and save it in a different physical device in your own possession. Something that is not in control of the companies.

        I wonder how come people don't realize the reason behind phones without removable batteries..!! That's because they don't want your phone to go off the grid whenever you want. Even if you switch your phone off, battery is still in there, powering the gps, unknown to you, which they can use to track you if they want. Yea, that sounds alarmist. "tin foil hat" comments can ensue. But can someone honestly tell me that doesn't make sense?

  • Angmancy

    If they only could release their firewall as a standalone app

  • Primalxconvoy

    App backup only works for me if the data for said apps is also backed up, not just the app itself.

  • selurus

    Nice update, I'll probably try it