The new app backup offering from ClockworkMod is one of the most impressive apps we've seen recently. It makes saving your app data a breeze, and it doesn't even require root. The initial release was good, but Koush has pushed an update that adds a few features and cleans up some errant bugs.

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Here's the full list of changes:

  • Notification progress bars
  • External SD Card support
  • Fix battery drain bug in carbon server
  • Android sync works over wifi now, and allows APK sync
  • Temple Run (and others) Fix: Restores now support external files directory
  • Scheduled backups now notifies about any lock screen issues and no longer unnecessarily start the Carbon server
  • Create a .nomedia file per backup
  • Backup and restore confirm is now more reliable
  • Fixed issues on Asus tablets
  • Detect desktop backup password errors

Of particular interest here is the fix for battery drain while running the Carbon server. The app is going to be much more usable with that taken care of. We also worked directly with Koush to sort out the issue of device-to-device sync not working when the user has a lot of apps (about 200 in our testing). That's no longer an issue in the new update. A lot of these features are only functional in the full version, which is $4.99. Basic backups can be handled by the free edition, though.

Helium - App Sync and Backup
Helium - App Sync and Backup