Android

What's a good cheap phone to use with the Wyze Cam?

Episode 1504

Jean from Valley Village, CA
Wyze Cam

Jean wants to get a Wyze Cam, but she can't control it without a phone. So what's a good budget mobile device to buy for it? Leo says that any sub $100 Android phone or tablet should do the trick. But she'll also need internet access with a wireless router or wireless access point to be able to access it from anything. Or she can use a microSD card in the camera itself.

Can I run a Wyze Cam from my desktop?

Episode 1504

Ed from Illinois
Wyze Cam

Ed bought a Wyze Cam, but he doesn't have a smartphone to control it. Leo says that he would need to get a cell phone or at least a tablet for it to work. eBay is a good place to get one for cheap. Can he run it from a computer using BSD? Leo says probably not. BSD is a good OS, but it's not used by very many people. Also, Wyze hasn't created a desktop app yet.

He could use an Android emulator like Bluestacks, but he may need Windows or Linux to run it.

Why doesn't text to speech work on my Android device?

Episode 1499

Alan from Moorpark, CA
Speech bubble

Alan is having issues with text to speech on his Android tablet. He keeps getting a "can't access server" error. Leo says that's a connectivity issue and if he doesn't have a good internet connection, it simply won't work. Speech to text has many different servers and if it can't get online, that means it can't complete the dictation. He'll also need to get an app from Google Play directly. That will probably solve the issue.

What smartphone should I buy for my kid?

Episode 1496

Nathan from Grand Rapids, MI
Motorola Moto G6

Nathan wants to get his son an Android phone. What should he buy? Leo says that the Motorola Moto G6 is a very good phone, and it's very affordable. He can get the G6 Play for about $200. It's good for kids. Leo also recommends considering a refurbished phone from Gazelle, and he should make sure he gets a good case for it.

(Disclaimer: Gazelle is a sponsor)

When will the Motorola Moto Z3 be released?

Episode 1494

Patrick from Lafayette, LA
Motorola Moto Z

Patrick wants to know when the new Motorola Moto Z3 Play will be out. Leo says that there are benchmark reports out there, so someone has them, but Leo says it hasn't been released yet. Leo says that Lenovo has moved the design of the Moto to China now, so we don't really know what's up just yet, or if the quality is still the same. But Lenovo has kept the ThinkPad line consistent, so that's hopeful.

The Chatroom says that the Motorola Z3 is supposed to be announced on June 6.

What smartphone should I buy?

Episode 1493

Rick from Phelan, CA
Motorola Moto G6

Rick's wife wants a new phone with a larger screen. What should she get? It doesn't have to be the latest model. Leo says that the best budget Android phone is the Motorola Moto G5 Plus. The screens are better and the cameras are really good. She should make sure he gets a US GSM model that is compatible with her carrier (Verizon in this case). She shouldn't have to pay more than $200, especially on Amazon.

Can I run my phone apps on my computer?

Episode 1489

Linda from Quincy, IL
Android logo

Linda wants to know if she can run her Android apps on her Windows machine. Leo says that there is an emulator called BlueStacks which is supposed to give Windows users that functionality. But Leo's experience is that it isn't all that consistent. And Leo says this is something that people are starting to want, and why developers are being encouraged to create Progressive Web Apps that run in the cloud.