Carbon For Android Backs Up Your Phone, No Root Required

Android: When we last discussed Carbon, it was still in beta and required root. Now, the app has emerged from beta with a lot of new features, it's available at Google Play, and it doesn't require root.

Carbon is the work of Koushik "Koush" Dutta, the same developer behind ClockworkMod, one of our favourite Android utilities. This newest project is a sharp-looking backup and syncing tool for your Android device, one that can take your apps, app data, contacts and other important data and save it to your phone's SD card or your desktop.

The app comes in two flavours: the free version backs up all of your data and stores it on your SD card or your desktop. For a $5 in-app upgrade, the premium version ditches the ads and unlocks additional features, including the ability to perform automatic hands-free backups on a schedule you set, and the ability to save your data to Dropbox, Google Drive or in addition to your SD card or desktop. The premium version also allows you to sync two Android devices, so moving to a new phone is a snap.

The only caveat is that Carbon doesn't work on Motorola devices. Koush explains that Motorola phones "have a bug that break Android's backup mechanism", one that Motorola/Google will have to fix. He does note that if you have a Motorola phone and Carbon does work for you, he wants to hear from you. You can grab the app at the Google Play link below.

Carbon (free, $5 in-app upgrade) [Google Play via Android Police]


    Just as I buy a Nexus 4, what fantastic timing

    Too bad my phone is still stuck in gingerbread and this app needs at least ICS

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