Android

Google to Release Android O

Episode 1414

Google is announcing Android O Monday, and we'll find out what the "O" stands for. Usually it's dessert names, and it's hard to imagine it would be anything other than Oreo. That is a brand name, however, so Google would have to get permission to use it.

Android O will bring some new features, and many users will not get it. One of the biggest problems with Android right now is that companies who make Android phones and carriers that sell them are slow to update, if ever. The only people who will get it right away are Google Pixel owners, or those who have Nexus phones.

Should I switch from Android to iPhone?

Episode 1414

Donna from West Lake Village, CA
Apple iPhone 7

Donna is looking to get a new mobile phone and she likes the Samsung Galaxy S8. But everyone else in her family wants her to get an iPhone instead. What should she do? Leo says that the advantage of getting an iPhone is that everyone can text her, and if she gets group messages, mixing Android and iOS can be problematic. Quality wise, they are the same. So if she goes with iPhone, she'll like it just fine.

Why am I getting popups on my tablet?

Episode 1411

Dave from Crystal Lake, IL
Samsung Galaxy Tab

Dave has a Samsung Galaxy Tab and he's worried it may have malware. He's getting strange popups. Leo says it's possible, since Android is more porous to malware than iOS is. If he hasn't updated it lately, that could be part of the problem. Leo suggests backing up the data on the tablet and doing a factory reset. He'll have to reinstall all of his apps, but Leo suspects that a rogue app is the problem. Then he can reinstall them one at a time until the culprit reveals itself.

What will I miss out on if I switch from iPhone to Android?

Episode 1411

Serj from San Diego, CA
Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Serj wants to know what he'll miss out on with the next generation iPhone if he makes the switch to Android. Leo says that a lot of what Serj is feeling is due to the Apple hype machine. Since he's concerned with how much more fragile the iPhone has become over the years, Leo points out that Android phones have become just as fragile.

Why aren't I getting my Android updates?

Episode 1405

Steve from Denver, CO
Motorola Droid 3

Steve doesn't know if he's getting the latest version of Android or not. Leo says there's so many approvals that are required with Android updates. Google puts them out, but that doesn't mean his ISP or his his phone's manufacturer has released them to his phone. Few have made the pledge to promptly put updates out. What's important, though, is that he gets all the security updates. If he's not getting those, then he's vulnerable and nobody other than Google really cares. That's why Leo prefers to use Google's phones. They get updated automatically.

Why am I having issues with Bluetooth on Android Nougat?

Episode 1404

Shirley from Laguna Nigel, CA
Motorola H720

Shirley has a Samsung Galaxy S7 with a Motorola Bluetooth earpiece. With the recent March update, the connection switches to speaker phone automatically for no reason. Neither Samsung or Motorola know what it is. Leo says that he's tempted to blame Bluetooth because it's kind a dark art. It could also be a setting in Nougat that causes it as well. There is an issue tracker page for bug reporters in Android for wireless settings at issuetracker.google.com.