Carbon backs up your apps, and just your apps, to, ideally, your Google Drive account. You know how Google Drive gives you 5 GB of storage space, for free?. A backup of my 60+ apps and their data took up 178 MB. Assuming that I still use Google Drive for documents, that I don’t need to keep 12 old copies of my apps, and that Drive will likely expand their free offering over time, I will run out of Google backup space roughly never.
Carbon also allows you to back up your apps and their data onto your phone’s own storage space, in one tidy ZIP file package, or to offload your backup onto your desktop computer through a temporary browser connection. There’s a Dropbox option built into the interface, but it’s not working just yet. And while Carbon is root-only at the moment, Doutta states that the full (likely non-free) app will not require a rooted phone.
Google gives everyone storage space in the cloud. Google’s Android servers can back up all of the little settings and tweaks that glue your phone together, but they should make space for your apps and their data. iOS devices offer that this kind of “Welcome back” backup and restoration, and it’s what makes upgrading between iOS devices a usually painless experience. Here’s hoping Doutta succeeds, both in developing a winning app and in pushing Android forward.
Side note: Doutta is also the creator of other very handy Android apps, including the aforementioned ROM Manager (for rooted phones), a tethering app, and a two-part app, DeskSMS, that lets you view and respond to text messages from desktop systems.