OT: android phone backup NOT to google cloud question

Valeri Galtsev galtsev at kicp.uchicago.edu
Thu May 16 16:37:50 UTC 2019

On 2019-05-16 05:29, Ralf Mardorf via freebsd-questions wrote:
> Is for Android devices nothing available similar to iTunes for iOS
> devices?

Depending on vendor...

Speaking for Motorola (bought out by Lenovo not long ago if I'm not 
mistaken): nope. Other vendors: say, my old (~ 5 years maybe) Samsung 
Galaxy note 3 I got through AT&T - there was tool to make local own 
backup (can not vouch for full restore like iTunes allows for iDevices), 
but it's been too long since.

My general impression is things got worse, i.e. google cloud, or maybe 
some vendors will offer their cloud instead of google. On the other hand 
the company invested so much of money (I'm staying from guessing about 
source of it) into data mining does want data trickle to them, even if 
you get your data back ultimately. I mean as investment, making android 
system, and keeping developing it, and supporting huge variety of 
hardware. Cost is enormous, there should be even bigger return on 
investment. So as return my suspicious mind would call the data android 
system allows its creator to receive.

Somebody has opposite examples related to android, I'd love to hear 
them. As I only observe what I have immediate access to.

Once again, thanks, everybody, for your insights!


> Since Android isn't real-time audio capable I'm using iPads.
> Each time a Windows release does reach end of life, there's the need to
> set up a new virtual machine with a new Windows guest, to get the
> required iTunes releases running. It's quite annoying, but at least an
> iOS device user isn't forced to use iCloud for a backup.
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Valeri Galtsev
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