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Backup Assistant+ to Be Introduced with the DROID RAZR, 500MB of Free Cloud Storage through Verizon

Not only will the DROID RAZR launch as the thinnest smartphone around, but it will include something new that I know all of you will not be able to live without going forward – the new Backup Assistant+. That’s a joke of course. This so-far-unannounced product is Verizon’s take on cloud storage for your media (pictures and video). Anyone who purchases this phone will get 500MB of free storage and can upgrade from there at a monthly subscription if they would like. Well, +1 to free storage at least.

As far as Backup Assistant goes though, can we get rid of this product already on Android devices? All of our contacts are backed up and restored automatically through Google. Why do we need a separate service to attempt to do it for us? If you try and load them through Backup Assistant too, you get duplicates which might be one of the most frustrating smartphone things on the planet to deal with. And having to skip it to set my phone up altogether while bypassing its 2-3 verifications on why I want to skip is another topic for another day.  /end rant.

Anywho…

Cheers ___!

  • Pseudoelf

    I used google sync to transfer my contacts from my Storm to my gmail account then just signed in with my D1… done… no backup assistant needed.

  • Herbertberry

    If contacts are transferred to the device by some other means, how does one convert those to Google contacts w/o deleting and re-adding. Also Wireless carriers have to consider more than simply Droid to Droid.

  • Anonymous

    When I went from my Droid X to the Thunderbolt the guy at the Verizon store INSISTED that I needed to enable Backup Assistant on my Droid X first, otherwise I wouldn’t have my contact on my Droid X.

    Of course I refused… you should have seen the look on the guy’s face when he activated the Thunderbolt and there they were.

  • Anonymous

    500 TB of free storage wouldn’t make me use that garbage.

    Why would one want to use that with an Android phone?

    • Anonymous

      Agree gmail can save your contacts plus I am not a big fan of the whole cloud.

      • Anonymous

        Does anyone not see the irony in this fellow’s reply?

        • Anonymous

          Uum gmail can also save your contacts to your computer. The clueless ness of people these days.

          • Anonymous

            Wherever you put your contacts is your business, but all your gmail is in the cloud.  And no gain in getting feisty (said in response to your slinging “clueless” in my direction.)

  • http://twitter.com/ray985 Randy Young

    When I got my Droid Bionic, the Verizon rep but backup assistant on my phone without asking and now I can’t get rid of it. What I waste, I had everything backed up to Google already. I didn’t need their proprietary crap. Even worse, by default the phone saves all new contacts to the BackupAssistant, so people who aren’t tech savy are going to have a pain if they leave Verizon for another Android Device on another network.

  • Anonymous

    lol Verizon is soo clueless for releasing this. Why would they do this? They have done this for the last year and a half. 

  • Anonymous

    Backup Assistant was a lifesaver when I went from my BlackBerry Tour to my Droid Incredible.  The Incredible had no SIM slot and no way that I could find to import my contacts from SD card either.  I used Backup Assistant to back them up, and they loaded right up on the new device when I activated it.

    Android to Android, of course Google can handle that.  But until Google offers the phonebook service for iOS, BB OS, Windows Phone, and feature phones/BREW, we need Backup Assistant.

    • Anonymous

      google does do that on every OS. I had an iphone and my contacts got saved to my gmail.

  • Raven

    Google/Verizon needs to move past backing up media.  That is trivial and I can do it myself.  What they need to do is provide a way to backup all program data on your phone like Titanium Backup can do if you are rooted.  I see time and again people saying the only reason they root is for Titanium Backup.  Well, if they are not going to allow non root program data backups, they should provide a “Cloud” service built right in to the OS to do so.  Sure, it is nice to have all your apps start downloading from the Market when you get a new phone, but without their data it is fairly meaningless.

  • Anonymous

    lol how kind of verizon to offer 500 mb…..

  • Anonymous

    tiny.cc/qcfnd

  • Anonymous

    Kellex, on some Android devices new contacts are stored in phone storage by default and you have to change the settings to store them to your Google account.  The ones stored in phone storage are not synched with the contacts in your Google account.  As an example on my Motorola Droid Bionic under the Contacts app settings there’s a setting called “Contact Storage” and there are 2 options “Google” and “Backup Assistant – Phone”.  I’ve had other Verizon Android phones such as my HTC Thunderbolt where the default was to store the contacts in phone storage and I confirmed that new contacts were not copied to the contacts in my Google account.

  • Anonymous

    Translation:

    Bloatware Assistant + with 500 MB Internal Storage for 7 days! 
    -($25/monthly renewable fee after promotion)

    Verizon
    “Rule Your Wallet” 

  • Anonymous

    If anyone is looking for good Cloud storage look up Box.net. For a short time, I forget how long, they are running a deal that will give 50gigs of storage for free. There is a catch, especially on an Android site. You have to register using an APPLE device. The 50gigs will be added to your account automatically and you will have it for life. I’ve been using it for the past week on my OG Droid and it works great. Haven’t had a problem yet. Its an easy solution to the storage “problems” that the Gnex might have.

  • obscura

    Kellex just wanted to say thank you very much for flagging mctypething. We don’t need this absurdity on every single discussion that gets posted on dl.

    • Anonymous

      just a thought, but maybe if everyone would ignore him, he’d go away…the best way to get people like him to go away is to not give him what he wants…and thats a reaction

  • Anonymous

    : I couldn’t agree more. It’s the worst software ever. I’ve had the same issues with it and now that Google takes care of this problem for me, it’s definitely time to get rid of this altogether… not “enhance” it.

  • Anonymous

    Of course just another way for them to milk your for more money.

  • Anonymous

    Oh snap! Goodbye Nexus…. Hello RAZR!!!! This just tipped the scales for me, I always had a problem when I switched my android phones I would loose all my contacts now I know they will be safe…. I just hope it has VZ Navigator so I can pay 9.99 and not have to use that pesky Google Maps Navigation, its sooo beta… silly Verizon…

  • Anonymous

    FYI – Not only does gmail backup your contacts, Google+ can automatically backup your photos and videos with unlimited cloud storage. I’ve also used Lookout which also backs-up your photos for free.

    Verizon bundling these worse than redundant services does all of their customers a huge disservice.

  • LionStone

    Um no thanks…exactly why I’ll be getting the GN…also the other day I was driving down the road minding my own business when I noticed the little download arrow blinking on my TB when it was docked!? Im on a winding road and I can’t really mess with it but I swipe down and see that VZ Navigator is almost half way loaded on my phone!! NOooo!! I couldnt stop in time and now my phone is tainted! I was so happy to not have that extra crap on my phone but this one got away with it and that is wrong from Wrongville. I checked some other bloat that was waiting to download too and they also had checks next to automatic download!? Bastards!! Its not right that they automatically download crap on your phone!!

    • Anonymous

      Agree the new gb update checked all the verizon bloat to automatic install. I guess that’s the only way anyone would download it.

  • http://twitter.com/dcdevito Dominick C DeVito

    Yet ANOTHER reason this phone and Motorola suck.

    The G-Nex keeps getting better and better by the freakin minute!

    • Anonymous

      Nobody says you have to use this?

  • Anonymous

    I know on HTC phones, if you make a contact and store it as a “Phone” contact, I don’t think it backs up with Google. If you make it a “Google” contact, then it does. It might have changed, but when I had my original Incredible replaced, my “Phone” contacts were not backed up to my Google account.

  • Anonymous

    Dear @kellex:disqus,

     Why do you hate the RAZR, and love the G-Nex?

    Sincerely,

    TechDeft

    • Anonymous

      Wait what? I actually really like the RAZR and plan on picking one up. Don’t take me making fun of BA+ as me not liking the RAZR. This phone is fantastic.

      • Anonymous

        Then you can add it to that picture of all your phones. soon you’ll have to zoom out just to get them all in the picture!

      • Anonymous

        It was partly in jest DL has just felt like GNex-life lately…and BA+ deserves it. :-)

        If you guys pick up a lapdock I’d personally be very interested ina review, but I’m pretty sure I’m the only one.

      • Guest

        can you PLEASE do something about this mctypething guy!!!! PLEASE!!!!

        • Anonymous

          Relax dude, it’s not the serious.  Mctypething is just poking fun at everyone’s emotional connection with these upcoming phones.  Trust me, the levity is appreciated.

      • Anonymous

        so you think the razr is a worthy upgrade? I don’t really care about custom roms and all that. Just want something that works out of the box.

  • RW-1

    Leave it to VZ to sell you on something redundant to the OS, and definately something you don’t need.

    • Anonymous

      Seriously. I got rid of backup assistant the second I loaded up my google contacts on the Droid 1. I love how the initial navigation prompt on newer phones asks you if you want to use Google Nav or VZ Navigator. It might as well ask you, “Hey, I can get you there. But do you want to get there for free or do you want to pay?” Hmmmm

  • Anonymous

    Wow, what will people do with all that space??

    • Anonymous

      Is that a rhetorical question? If not, the answer is “nothing.”

  • http://twitter.com/Chasemanhattan3 Chase Chick

    a 10 minute 1080p video costs about a gig.  500mb = whooptiedoo

  • SugaShane

    Switch that “M” with a “G”, and we’re in business, Verizon. 

  • Madcow06

    I love my droid x but back up assistant is one of the things I loathe about it.

  • napes22

    I don’t even let Google restore my contacts.  I hate pulling in the hundreds of email address of people I couldn’t care less about.

  • trumpet444

    And people should stop saying “you ___ bro”. You sound like a douche

    • Mctypething

      u mad bro?

      • Guest

        you a dick bro??

  • Anonymous

    500 MB?  That’s it?  Pretty funny too, because that’s already a quarter of the 2GB tier if you listen or watch that much in a month.. and 500 MB is nothing.  I bet it pulls pictures in high quality from the cloud every time you so much as open the gallery, just to blow through more data.  This is a win-win situation for them.

  • trumpet444

    Put it in the market, don’t force it on a phone

  • Ads

     Great more dam carrier BS bloatware crap I have no use for. When the heck are these companies going to learn to stop wasting time and money on garbage that increases costs and most folks will never use anyways. IDIOTS I tell ya

  • Anonymous

    FYI: You can merge contacts in Gmail on your PC!

    • Anonymous

      The native AOSP contact manager allows you to merge contacts right on the phone. Just helped my wife do a few while we were waiting for dinner the other night.

  • Anonymous

    screw dropbox, this is amazing! /sarcasm

  • faber

    What a joke. Id take them not locking a perfectly good device….they can stick that 500mb.

  • https://appfb.claro.cr/clarocr/ Claro Costa Rica

    I think there are other options to backup your important info, and free

  • DroidzFX

    Could they possibly take up any more internal storage.

  • Haproot

    I absolutely HATE backup assistant.  

  • Anonymous

    JUNK

  • Anonymous

    This device is being “SLATHERED” with Bloatware!!!!

    See what i did there :) let it roll of your tongue SLATHERED, :P

    • Guest

      Slathr

      • Anonymous

        Ok nice, I can go with the shorter version, good job :)

  • Anonymous

    backup assistant is a joke. Another ploy by verizon to sneak in their bloatwares. NO thanks!

  • Jason Purp

    Who wants anything like this from Verizon? This is why we have Dropbox. It’s so superior to this crap.

    Just an excuse to piss us off more.

    Oh, and I bet they’ll be looking through our files as well.

    • Mctypething

      u pissed bro?

      • Jason Purp

        u repetitive bro? Find a new way to troll instead of the same pathetic template on every article.

        • Mctypething

          why, u mad bro?

          • Jason Purp

            No, I’m simply suggesting something to you.

            Are you gonna say something like, “u suggesting bro?”
            Because yes, I am.

            Are you gonna say something like, “u drawing conclusions bro?”
            Because yes, I am.

            I am whatever you can possibly say I am whilst still making sense (which means “u gay bro” and “u mad bro” or anything similar is out of the question).

            Now, I have a question for you: u implying bro?

          • http://AndroidTaskForce.com Timmy

            Yeah, your mad. lol

          • Mctypething

            u like purple bunnies bro?

          • Anonymous

            lmao

          • Guest

            and again mctypething! HA!  we can’t hear you bro!  

          • Anonymous

            Ha =D!!!

          • Anonymous

            First funny thing you’ve said in a long time.

          • T Hall

            What did it say?  I am really bummed it is now flagged :(

          • Anonymous

            ‘U like purple bunnies bro’ or something similar

          • U_Bro_Rules

            u giving options bro?

          • http://TheAndroidSource.com Chris Gustafson
          • Guest

            shut down again mctypething! HA!

        • Guest

          the guy is a dick!  he’s can’t help it!!

    • Kierra

      And Google aint? 

  • Mctypething

    Hey kellex, u mad bro?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

      Hey Mctypething, u have anything better to say bro?

      • Anonymous

        I am with you…although that was pretty good timing on that one =)

      • Guest

        he can’t help it.  he’a a dick and that’s probably all he knows how to type.  at least his bullchit post are being flagged and deleted now!  so much for you “bro” chit now mctypething!! HA!

  • Anonymous

    The worst piece of bloatware ever (I say that loosely of course)!!! >:-(

  • Adam Cargal

    This will probably give them 500mb more to fill with bloat…

    • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.yager Joseph A. Yager

      Haha – Disclaimer: actual amount will be less