Android Addiction: Carbon is nearly ready, Tasker gets a new interface, Kii is the best keyboard

Daniel Bader

January 24, 2013 3:52pm

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A few quick Android-related posts today, especially for you tweaks and productivity seekers.

Carbon (not the Twitter app) has released its third beta and is readying a Play Store release. If you recall, the app is by Koushik Dutta of ClockworkMOD fame and is a sleek and root-friendly app backup and restore system that syncs your stuff to the cloud. Google Drive, Dropbox and Box are currently supported, and the new version supports non-root devices with an add-on PC utility that operates as a go-between for users. This will finally bring the app to a larger audience and separate it from niche clients like Titanium Backup, which is mainly a local storage app backup solution. The Play Store release will come before the end of January, so use it and love it (for free) before then.

Tasker has also updated its app with a new interface, lending it a look far more 2013 than 2009. The powerful location- and action-based task tool has been available for years and is about as powerful as your imagination allows it to be. There are numerous guides to help new users and there are ways to export existing tasks. You also need to have purchased Tasker ($5.99) previously to use this new beta version.

Kii Keyboard beta has been quickly becoming one of the best third-party Android keyboards on the market and supports both regular tap-tap-tapping and the increasingly-common glide input method. With a million and one settings to manipulate and excellent one-touch autocorrect, Kii Keyboard has replaced SwiftKey as my go-to Android keyboard. It supports themes, has myriad custom dictionaries and is just fantastic. It’s free during the beta period and will soon have both free and premium versions.

Download here: Carbon, TaskerKii Keyboard beta

Via: Android Police, Android Central

  • Rich

    I’ve been using Kii, the skins leave a bit more to be desired, but outside of that it’s great so far.

  • Sean

    I’m really looking forward to the carbon app as it seems like a extremely good backup system, if his previous work is anything to go on. If he wasn’t so important to the dev community i would really wish that google would employ him and put in a backup function into stock android

  • Rhain

    Llama is a great (free) alternative to Tasker that does many of the same things in a much easier-to-set-up manner.

  • S2556

    can anyone comment on Titanium backup vs Carbon?
    Ill have to check out kii. First that I have heard of it

  • Anon

    How can TitaniumBackup be for niche users when it does -the exact same thing- as Carbon with the pro version?

    I hate how developers are being praised for copying features and making them free. It’s good, it’s fun, but it’s not impressive or innovate. You’ve been able to do this for YEARS.

    • MattyMattMatt

      Because you need root. Carbon can do without, using a PC as middleware.

  • EddieWinslow

    just installed Kii, we will see how it fairs compared to swiftkey.

  • Bobby

    Kii is AMAZING. It’s like a super customizable merging of Swiftkey and Swype! WOW!

  • Henaway

    Been running Kii for a few weeks now and absolutely LOVE it. Well thought out, responsive, and far more stable than Swype ever was on my SGS2. Being able to have cursor keys is AWESOME when you need to fix a typo, and the easy access to a variety of keyboard layouts is impressive. I will GLADLY fork some money over to the developer when it comes out of beta. It will be worth the money. AWESOME! Did I mention awesome?

    • squirrel_masher

      I never got into swiping, but love being able to use arrow keys and edit favorite shortcuts for pasting my email on online forms. They are also available in existing free Android packages eg AnySoftKeyboard, so you have choices if Kii starts to charge

  • 403CDN

    Could someone confirm how good Kii is at handling two languages at the same time? SwiftKey is great at predicting which language I’m typing without having to change any settings.

  • glonq

    Typing never feels as accurate on my galaxy nexus as it did on my old iPhone, even though the nexus’ screen is bigger. I’ll give Kii a try!

  • squirrel_masher

    While Carbon beta is free for download for a while, sounds like it will be disabled after then, so as to push users to the Google Play versions.
    From developer’s site:
    “This beta APK will stop working on January 30th. I plan to have a Google Play release before then. There will be a free version (with no expiration) and a premium version.”