Linked by Adam S on Fri 5th Jun 2015 15:26 UTC
Android In June of last year, I finally decided to commit to an Android device. I had carried every flagship iPhone up through that point from the original iPhone to the 5S. To the world around me, I heaped the praise into a life transforming device, but in my tech circles, and on my blog, I frequently posted about my frustration, mostly with shackles and intentional limitations imposed. So last year, why I decided to make the jump to Android. I outlined 10 reasons why I was finally ready to make the jump to Android’s 4.4 release, KitKat. A year has passed. It's time to revisit my original assertions and complaints with some follow up and see where I stand one year later.
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Backups are a solved problem
by phoenix on Fri 5th Jun 2015 16:35 UTC
phoenix
Member since:
2005-07-11

Titanium Backup supports automated backups, including transfer to cloud storage services. You never need to lose an app, data, or configuration again. The only limit is your upload bandwidth and the amount of storage you have in your preferred cloud storage service.

The restore process isn't quite automated yet, but it's almost there. On the new phone, let Google restore your installed apps (which includes your cloud storage app). Then download your backups from cloud storage, and use Titanium to restore only your app data.

I haven't lost an app or data in several years thanks to the above setup, even when formatting the phone's internal storage completely (switching between ext4 and F2FS, for example), or when switching phones.

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RE: Backups are a solved problem
by leech on Fri 5th Jun 2015 19:46 in reply to "Backups are a solved problem"
leech Member since:
2006-01-10

I love titanium backup, but I've found one program so far that doesn't restore quite right, and that's Samsung's S-Health. It used to, but with the newer version (4.x) it just makes it crash. Granted, it could be some ROM specific bug, but I never enabled the backup to the samsung account because I always prefer to try to keep my data in my own hands, sadly in this particular instance, I could not.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Titanium Backup supports automated backups, including transfer to cloud storage services. You never need to lose an app, data, or configuration again. The only limit is your upload bandwidth and the amount of storage you have in your preferred cloud storage service.


I'm not disagreeing with you, because Titanium Backup is an excellent program. But within the context of this article (backup capability of the core OS) it has no bearing.

I look at Android with every new version and wonder why it doesn't have all the nice stuff that Windows Phone and iOS have had for a while. Then I look at those two and wonder when they will ever be as open[1] as Android.


[1]From a user control point of view, not a software freedom point of view; there will never be a 100% open source phone OS until we have a fully working open source baseband.

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pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

I remember using it and it was an ungodly mess. Powerful as it may be, I haven't seen a complex app that was designed worse. I can't install such a monstrosity on my phone.

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