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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by Stradevarius, May 21, 2011.

  1. Stradevarius

    Stradevarius Newbie
    Thread Starter


    I don't have an android tablet (hopefully soon though) and was curious if there is a way to sync apps and app data between the two devices, for example:

    1. download angry birds on both devices
    2. Play first level on phone
    3. the two devices automatically and continuously sync and when I pick up the tablet, level 1-1 is shown as completed and everything.

    I figured you could probably use titanium backup to accomplish this, but it wouldn't be thoughtless and would require a lot of work transferring files all the time.


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  2. Martimus

    Martimus One bite at a time...

    If the apps happened to store their data out on the cloud then I could see this as within the realm of possibility. If not then you'd need a means of manually sync'ing this data to some other device.

    In theory this might also be possible if both devices were connected to the same network (WiFi for example). That said I do not know of an app that's able to do this... at this time.
  3. lordofthereef

    lordofthereef Android Expert

    Short answer.... no there is not. AFAIK, ther really isn;t even way to sync data between the apps you speak of running on the same OS (ie Angry birds data from android phone to android tablet) easily.
  4. macprv

    macprv Android Enthusiast

    Like martimus said it... if the app supports syncing, it would be possible... like my notes app, it has sync options, so when I changed my phone, all I had to do was sign in and the data updated its self
  5. Stradevarius

    Stradevarius Newbie
    Thread Starter

    well hopefully someone will develop an app that does what I explained someday. Would be really nice to have a tablet and phone that work in tandem.
  6. novox77

    novox77 Leeeroy Jennnkinnns!

    Cloud storage is becoming more and more popular. Especially as smart mobile devices become more prevalent. Your requirement is a valid one and something that I think will be doable within the next year or so.

    Obviously the tradeoff is privacy. Do you want all your data stored somewhere on the cloud where it might be vulnerable to theft? Kinda like my account info on the Playstation Network...
  7. walkeryan

    walkeryan Lurker

    I actually had this same request and couldn't find anything to fill the gap. I'm writing something myself but its going to be difficult to do to say the least and trying to test will be even more difficult because there are so many different phones and so many different types of tablets now. If you would like to preregister to beta test please e-mail me at youngstownguy@gmail.com . I am looking for users that will test as well as give me input of how they want the software to work and what improvements can be made. I'm starting off slow with just a simple text and phone sync but will try to get more indepth with application sync as well. Let me know if you guys have any ideas you want to implement. I'm usually over at XDA but I saw this post and had to create an account to let you guys know I'm working on it. Have a great Tuesday everyone.
  8. A.Nonymous

    A.Nonymous Extreme Android User

    I think something like that would have to be built into the core of the OS. We don't even have anything like that in a desktop OS at this point. If I set up templates or something in Word and move to a different computer, that's all done. Chrome OS does something like that, but it stores ALL your data in the cloud.
  9. 28064212

    28064212 Well-Known Member

    It depends on the app.

    One possibility would be to use a file-sync app. For example, Angry Birds saves it's data to /var/opt/rovio/angrybirds/. You could set it up so that this folder is synced to both devices through a cloud service like DropBox.

    Unfortunately, sync apps are light on the ground for Android at the moment. The DropBox one is a glorifed front-end to their website and doesn't have any actual syncing capabilities. I use SugarSync, but this has it's own short-comings: you have to manually start a sync, and it can be tricky to get a folder to go exactly where you want it.
  10. A.Nonymous

    A.Nonymous Extreme Android User

    Sugarsync is supposed to sync automatically. It actually did for me for like a day or so and I was incredibly impressed. Then it broke for no reason and I haven't been able to get it to work since then.
  11. WREspecter

    WREspecter Lurker

    Firefox 4 has a scheme for cross syncing bookmarks and contacts between devices through the ether. Maybe some ideas can be found there.
  12. wittmania

    wittmania Lurker

    There is a messy way to do this IF you have root access on both devices. Use an app like My Backup Pro to back up just the data for your app(s) to their online backup server, and then "restore" the data on the other device. That's not exactly an every day solution, but it would allow you to sync apps occasionally.
  13. viperman2008

    viperman2008 Member

    This would be an awesome feature that should be built into the OS with an API for apps to use.

    I think Google will still work on interface issues primarily first for Ice Cream sandwich though. Just my opinion.
  14. Quipeace

    Quipeace Lurker

    Hello all,

    First of all, I'm sorry for digging this thread up from it's grave, but I figured that this would probably help those that initially posted here. (I hope they're still around)

    I was looking for an app that would do exactly what has been described in this thread and couldn't find one, so I decided to write my own. The result worked so well for me that I hoped it could help others as well, so I published it on the android market for free. You do need root though.


    DataSync pretty much does what has been described above, it creates a little backup stored in /sdcard/datasync and sends that to the other device. Once that other device receives all the data it extracts the backup to the proper location. It's pretty easy use (in my eyes), but if you have any questions or perhaps a suggestion, please e-mail me! Furthermore, instructions can be found in the market description!

  15. Deleted User

    Deleted User Guest

    I need an app like Quipeace's, but for a stock, unrooted phone.
  16. mrburt

    mrburt Lurker

    Quipeace's app is working great for me!

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