Google is rolling out ‘Backup by Google One’ as an update over the existing Android backup service that now means end users only have to be aware of one sync to the cloud.
Android backups currently cover app data, SMS messages, call history, contacts, and device preferences — including Wi-Fi networks and passwords, wallpapers, display settings (brightness and sleep), language and input settings and date/time.
“Backup by Google One” is billed as being more granular and expansive, as well as unified, reports 9To5Google.
Namely, it can also back up photos, videos, and MMS messages with management and control now directly in Android settings, in addition to the existing Google One app or website.
With this change, MMS is now part of the Android backup experience by default.
Last year, the company started allowing anyone to back up MMS, but that required installing and using the Google One app.
This unified approach is meant to remove any distinction in backups, the report said.
The service has started rolling out to devices running Android 8.0 and will be fully available “over the coming weeks”.
The company said it will provide more details as it widely launches.