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Carbon Out of Beta and Now Available Through Google Play


This morning, Koush’s Carbon app is now out of beta and available in Google Play. It seems that testing went very well and everything was ready for the prime time. With Carbon, users root and non-root can backup their apps and app data to several different places for safe keeping, including the cloud. It’s perfect for people like me who are looking for a third party means of transferring data between devices. 

The app is free, but if you want the cloud features and no ads running on your phone, then it will cost your $5 premium license. Not too bad for an app that would get some heavy usage if you intend on using it to its full potential.

Play Link: Free | Premium ($4.99)

  • Jeremy Zurek

    if only it worked for my droid 4 🙁

  • Marc

    Does it support backing up directly to Amazon S3?

  • Gi

    Is Carbon capable of backing up other data? SMS? Phone call log?

  • br_hermon

    Isn’t the best use scenario for this when you get a new phone that hasn’t been rooted yet (or your friends phone he’s had for a while and wants to root), backup your data, root it and then restore it all with Carbon? After that if you want to use Titanium Backup, Data Sync or something else more power to you. But it seems like this app’s greatest feature is non root backups.

  • jnt

    *ducks for stones being thrown*
    This is one area where iOS works quite well since iCloud, and Google needs to improve. I can restore an iphone – the same or a new one – from an icloud backup, and it restores everything… phone settings, unique ringtones/notifications, apps/games WITH data (except in cases like my bank app – I would imagine it’s a security issue), accounts added (only have to re-enter password), etc. It’s VERY nice.

    • Gi

      Yeah, this really should be a Google-Android feature.

    • while its true it should be built in, that’s where nandroid backups pick up the slack.

  • I find Titanium Backup to be really kludgy and complicated for what it’s doing. I bought it already, though, so I’m not about to buy another app that does the same thing.

  • Showing as not compatible with the DROID RAZR MAXX. Why would that be?

    • Moto broke the android back up mechanism so Koush said he will not support Motorola anything until it is fixed

    • Joe Beaudet

      “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. “

      • AH thank you – I missed that…however, my Moto Xoom shows up…but I guess that’s technically a “nexus” device…in a way.

  • Detonation

    “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. ”


    • bobukcat

      I just noticed this as well – very disappointing. Guess I’ll have to go with DataSync or Titanium Pro.

    • Works on my xoom, some larger games take a few tries as it had failed in the middle of a restore once. But it does work.

    • KleenDroid

      Yes this was written on his Google+ page. He said this is why everyone should own a Nexus.

  • Tristan Cunha

    Could this replace titanium backup for people who flash roms a lot? I never get in to all the nitty gritty features of Ti, and would like a simple and easy way to restore all my data/settings after flashing a new rom. Having it all backed up remotely would be grea too.

    • Danrarbc

      I can. I like Titanium more for restoring after a ROM flash. But I tried to use if for syncing to another device and it didn’t work well for that, it would randomly ignore some apps.

  • TheDrizzle

    I am using DataSync. It does everything I need it to do including real time backup/restoring of apps. I tried Carbon beta and wasn’t very impressed.

    • Detonation

      But DataSync requires root, and from my understanding, this will allow you to do it without root.

      • EvanTheGamer

        What is anyone doing without ROOT though? Every Android phone whether you like it or not should be rooted! haha

        • KleenDroid

          I agree

          • Master O’Disaster

            Maybe my phone, but there’s no way I’ll root my wife’s phone.

            You don’t want to be on the receiving end of, “My phone used to work before you messed with it!” o.O

            Unfortunately, she has a RAZR MAXX – and I am about to activate her warranty replacement for Verizon borking up her phone (Shouldn’t have taken that OTA Christmas present!)

            I was hoping Carbon would work on her phone, but … no dice!

  • mjnitz02

    What I would really like to see, and I think Droid Life is perfect to do this btw, is a solid comparison of this against Titanium Backup. What are the benefits and cons to each of them and how do they stack up against one another?

    The interface on Carbon seems very nice, and I have thought about dropping TB for it, as most of the settings I need are synced by Google anyway. One big question I have though is can Carbon handle anything related to messaging and phone call logs?

    • Seconded. I’ve used TB Pro since it was released, but would love to see how Carbon Premium compares to it.

      • mjnitz02

        Yea, I am really only mainly curious about how the premium versions of all of the apps compare to one another, as whatever my main backup app is I am definitely gonna buy the best version I can.

    • Danrarbc

      There are other call log and SMS backup apps.

      • mjnitz02

        Yea, but it’s nice having it all in one app with a uniform backup scheme. This helps me in a lot of ways. Mainly, my devices all backup TB at night and send it to dropbox, which then gets copied to my home server and those folders get copied into a backup archive. So for me, having only 1 backup app is the best, even if that means I still end up using TB,

    • Trueblue711

      Also throw GO Backup into the comparison.

      • Josh Flowers

        as well as DataSync(+), which also does cloud-backup and cross-device backup/restore. for only $2.99 (?) i think it’s a better deal. Love TBU (pro), but i wonder how it compares.

        • JMonkeYJ

          Yes. Haven’t pulled the trigger on either because I don’t understand what’s different.

    • Booyah

      Would really look forward to a feature like this.

  • carluverdrm2004

    Does it still require you to use your computer every time you start it up?

    • punkroyale

      From the video it seems like you only have to have be connected to the computer for the initial setup, after that its not required.

    • punkroyale

      From the video demo it appears that you only have to have your device connected to a computer for the initial setup, after that its not required.

  • Nick Rigsby

    Will this allow me to transfer game data between devices? say i’m playing hill climb racing on my tablet, and for whatever reason, wanna play on my phone, can i pick up where i left off?

    • carluverdrm2004

      I’d also love to know this!

    • Yes, it worked for me with my Nexus and Xoom tablet

    • Danrarbc

      Should be able to, sync to the cloud. Then restore from it on the other device.

      If you’re rooted DataSync is better for this though. You can even send the data directly to your other devices and skip the cloud storage with it.

    • Heh, you must not have watched the video. Yes, it will. He does an example using Angry Birds near the end.

  • Danrarbc

    I thought this was about the Twitter app.

    Left satisfied anyway.

    • Sakina Solomon

      You and me both >_>

  • ChristianJohnson

    First. Come to me down votes!! *raises hands to receive*

    • Diablo81588

      I gave you an up vote to make you feel better 🙂

      • ChristianJohnson

        Thanks buddy

        • EvanTheGamer

          Here ya go, have an upside down vote for your troubles; hope this makes you feel better ’cause it better! I don’t have many upside down votes to spare, ya know!

    • mustbepbs

      Don’t give him what he wants! Give him upvotes instead! That’ll teach him.