Koush’s Releases Carbon – App Sync and Backup; Allows You To Backup All Your App Data Without Root Access

One of Android’s biggest weakness is the inability to backup all the user installed apps and its data without root access. That changes today with the release of Carbon – App Sync and Backup from Koushik Dutta.

Carbon will work on all Android 4.0+ running devices, and can backup all your installed apps and its data without root access. The app can backup the data either to your phone’s SD card, PC or to cloud storage services such as Dropbox, Box and Google Drive. You can also setup a schedule at which the app will automatically take backups of your installed apps and app data, and upload it to the cloud.

The only catch here is that before you can start using the Carbon app, you are required to use the desktop client of Carbon. Otherwise, users without root access won’t be able to use the app.  Users with root access can directly use the app without the need to use the desktop client of the app. Non-root users are also required to use the desktop client of Carbon each time they restart their device.

Carbon is available as a free download in the Play Store with an IAP (In-App Purchase) of $4.99 to unlock the premium features of the app.

P.S. – Carbon will not work on Motorola devices due to a bug that breaks Google’s Backup and Restore service.

Titanium Backup Updated To Version 6 – Brings Minor UI Enhancements And Bug-Fixes

Titanium Backup got an update today that brings with it a redesigned app menu, UI tweaks, enhancements and bug-fixes. While the new UI tweaks do not make Titanium Backup a pretty app by any means, it does make it a bit more bearable to use and was enough of a reason to bump the version number to 6.

The developer has tucked away all the advanced settings under the ‘Menu’ option in the Action Bar. Below is a screenshot of the new ‘Menu’ option -:

The official change-log of the update is as follows -:

• Redesigned app menu & special features menu. Perfect excuse for version number bump!
• Fixed filters screen bug: additional labels could get selected when loading a filter.
• Fixed storage labeling: Android 2.3+ non-remov. storage is Media storage. If internal storage is the same, gauges are merged.
• Fixed SMS/MMS XML backup failure on some SGS3/Note2 ROMs.
• Fixed Apps2SD misdetect on some Android 3.0+ devices that don’t have it.
• Bugfixes, UI tweaks, optimizations.
• Updated translations.

While Titanium Backup still does not look pretty, it is by far the best app for taking backups on rooted Android devices.


Samsung Galaxy S III Gets Root Access Before Official Launch!

The Samsung Galaxy S III was announced earlier this month, and has already caused quite a stir in the Android world. The handset is a worthy successor to the highly popular Galaxy S II in every aspect, except for the design. The handset is up for pre-order in certain regions of the world, and will hit the shelves on May 29th.

However, even before the handset has hit the retail shelves, Chainfire – a very popular and talented Android developer – has managed to gain root access to the handset. He has not released the rooted kernel though, so as to maintain the anonymity of his source. So what’s the point of getting the root access then, you ask? Well, this means that unlike HTC, Samsung phones are still very easy to root and don’t have a locked down bootloader that HTC phones have.

This also means that a pre-rooted kernel for the Galaxy S III will be already available by the time most of the readers get their hands on the phone. An easy way to root the phone, along with an unlocked bootloader are the only requirements to make an Android phone a developer community favorite.


iPhone 4S & iPad 2 Untethered iOS 5.0.1 Jailbreak Available

Jailbreakers rejoice, the long awaited and highly anticipated untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.0.1 on the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 is finally available.

It was only a few days ago that the first untethered iOS 5.0.1 jailbreak was shown off on video. It was functional, but declared to still be in testing. Fast forward just 4 days later, and a public release is available for all to download. The Chronic Dev team have announced they have packaged the exploits that allow execution of unsigned code (code named Absinthe A5) into a working untethered jailbreak. Both the iPhone 4S (GSM and CDMA variants), as well as the iPad 2 (GSM, CDMA and Wi-Fi only variants) are targeted and supported in this release.

It took a mass of crash reports, over 10 million, and almost 10 months of work for the team to find an entry point and exploit the new A5 chip. The exploit consists of a series of both userland and kernel level exploits that were dubbed ‘corona’.  The name comes from a vulnerability that was in Apple’s IPSec IKE daemon, named ‘racoon’. Although the app released today, for jailbreaking current iPhone 4S and iPad 2 devices, is only available for Mac OS X users, there is a placeholder for Windows and Linux users. Their respective applications will likely be available soon and will be as simple as a point and click.

In addition to the tools being released, the “iOS Hacking Dream Team” has spawned. It consists of members from the Chronic Dev team (posixninja, pod2g and nikias) and the iPhone-dev team (planetbeing). Both teams have donation pages to thank them for their work and provide funds for hardware upgrades to ensure future devices can be jailbroken.

MotoACTV Ripped Open and Rooted

A couple of months ago, Motorola announced the MotoACTV, which is a basically a sports tracker. The ACTV is meant for active people, who regularly do some physical exercises and are interested in logging their work out and analyzing how much calories they burnt, their heart beat rate etc.

The ACTV runs on a customized version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and like every other Android gadget released released in the last year or so, has been rooted as well. In fact, the developer who rooted his ACTV even went ahead and ripped it open. Inside, he found an OMAP 3630 SoC running at 600MHz, along with 256MB of RAM and the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and FM Radio chips.

The developer also managed to install the Honeycomb 1.8 launcher on the ACTV, and was successfully able to get access to Android Market and other Google Apps like GMail and Google Maps. In fact, the developer even managed to get Angry Birds up and running on the ACTV. Interested MotoACTV users can find all the required instructions and file to root their gadget here.

Motorola Droid 3 Reaches Root Status

The Motorola Milestone 3, known stateside as the Droid 3, has been rooted!   The well-known kernel hacker and security researcher Dan Rosenberg, has posted the details of a simple vulnerability that provides superuser access to the device by using a configuration value that prevents the Android Debugging Bridge from de-escalating its root privileges.

The Droid 3 is the successor to the very popular Droid 2. It launched on Verizon back in July, with a locked bootloader preventing customized kernels and ROM cooking. The original Motorola Droid implemented security measures that required signed images for flashing. It took almost a year before it was rooted and Motorola stuck with their choice to alienate power users by enforcing signature checks on their Droid series of devices.

Featuring a spacious 5-row hardware QWERTY keyboard, qHD screen and all the methods of connectivity you can handle, the Droid 3 is a powerhouse of a device. Although none of the Droids are included in the guide to the Best Android Phones in India, the original Droid pushed Android launch sales over the iPhone and beat the Nexus One.

Now that Google and Motorola have joined forces, the Android community can expect more top-tier hardware built by Motorola and powered by unskinned, unmolested and bloatware-free Android, receiving timely updates directly from Google.

HTC Sensation, EVO 3D and Flyer Get S-OFF Thanks To Revolutionary

unrevoked was a very popular tool to get S-OFF and turn off NAND protection on older gen HTC Android handsets. However, the guys behind unrevoked have been out of action for nearly the whole of 2011.


Just when everyone thought that the folks behind unrevoked had given up, they team up with AplhaRev to release revolutionary. The team behind AlphaRev has been working on getting S-OFF on the latest batch of HTC devices, with a locked boot loader for quite sometime now.

revolutionary is an S-OFF tool which turns off the NAND protection on the 2011 line-up of Android handsets from HTC, which come with an encrypted boot loader.

Here is the list of devices which the tool supports :

Revolutionary currently supports the following Android phones and HBOOT versions:

  • HTC Desire (bravo) 0.93.0001
  • HTC Desire CDMA (bravoc) 1.06.0000
  • HTC Wildfire (buzz) 1.01.0001
  • HTC Aria (liberty) 1.02.0000
  • HTC Incredible S (vivo) 1.09.0000 and 1.13.0000
  • HTC Droid Incredible 2 (vivow) 0.97.0000
  • HTC Desire S (saga) 0.98.0000 and 0.98.0002
  • HTC View (express) 1.09.0000 and 1.13.0000
  • HTC Flyer (flyer) 1.10.0000
  • HTC Sensation (pyramid) 1.17.0006, .0008, .0011 and .0012
  • HTC Evo 3D (shooter) 1.30.0000 and 1.40.0000

Revolutionary will permanently unlock NAND write protection by default on the following phones:

  • HTC Sensation (pyramid)
  • HTC Evo 3D (shooter)

Readers should keep in mind that S-OFF does not mean the handset is rooted. To get root access, users need to flash this file via recovery. The tool is in developer preview right now, so interested users need to provide their handsets serial number before they get a download link. Interested readers can find more info about revolutionary tool here.

Now, the wait begins for some awesome mods, kernels and custom ROMs for the EVO 3D, Sensation and Flyer begins!

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, Arc And Neo Rooted!

It was just a few days ago, that Sony Ericsson released details on how to unlock the Xperia Arc, Play and Neo handsets boot loader.

Now, in just a matter of days the talented developers over at XDA forums have managed to get root access on all the above said handsets.


The method to get root access is a pretty simple one Users first need to unlock their boot loader, and then flash some required files using fast boot. However, at the moment this method works only on the UK firmware of the Arc and the Play.

The developers behind gaining the root access Bin4ry and zdzihu are already working on rooting the global firmware.

Xperia Neo and Arc owners should head over to this thread, while Play owners should head over to this thread for the required steps and file.

Hopefully, Sony Ericsson will soon release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread source for the the latest bunch of the Xperia handsets. This will help the developers in cooking custom ROMs for the Xperia Arc, Neo and Play.

Via – Xperia Blog