Android

Should I make the switch to Android?

David from Colorado Springs, CO

Episode 1432

David is looking at the Google Pixel 2 XL but he's worried about losing accessibility on his iPhone. Leo says that Google isn't going to take their apps off iOS any time soon. But the Pixel 2 XL is a worthy contender if you choose to make the switch. Both are great phones. One argument in Apple's favor is that from a security point of view, you're safer because their ecosystem is closed, versus Android's more open source vibe.

How can I use my tablet as a switcher for live streaming?

Episode 1431

Chris from Ohio
Switcher Studio

Chris needs an app to create a live stream on a budget. Leo just saw a great tool on both Android and iOS that uses camera phones and Wi-Fi to connect and then uses one device to act as a switcher. He should check out Switcher Studio. It does just that, but it's currently iOS only. Cinemaker is another one. It also is just for iOS, but the Android version is coming soon. Chris could also look into Manycam.

Can the new Google Pixelbook replace my laptop?

Episode 1430

Craig from Frederick, MD
Google Pixelbook

Craig has a 15" laptop and he travels a lot, so he's looking for a smaller alternative. He's getting the Pixel 2 XL this week and the Pixelbook is another option. Chromebooks are a good option for travel because they are light, secure, and with the new Android app support, there's a myriad options including Microsoft Word on Android. A better option than Windows for most people.

Can I make an image backup of my mobile phone?

Episode 1429

Bob from Philadelphia, PA
Helium Backup

Bob has a dual SIM mobile phone with T-Mobile and he's having trouble going from one number to the other. He couldn't receive calls. He's tried to go to T-Mobile and has also done the factory reset and now he can get calls. But he's lost all his data. Can he get it back? Leo says the safest way to protect his data is to backup his data to his Google account. He can do this by going to "Backup and Reset" in settings. Then he could automatically restore it. This would save his settings, apps, and contacts, but it won't save his music or photos.

How can I free up space on my Android phone?

Episode 1428

Mark from Pomona, CA
Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Mark has a Samsung Note 3 that is full and is starting to act up. Leo says that it was the first that had the external card slot taken out of it. So that's unfortunate. How can he get his pictures off? Leo recommends Google Photos. There's also a setting to delete backed up photos. That will keep the space free on his phone. Then he can get a new Note 8, which has an SD card slot so it'll never happen again.

Google Announces Several New Products

Episode 1428

Google Home Mini

This week Google announced a ton of new products, including a new Google Home and a donut sized version of Google Home (called the Mini) that Leo says may be better than Amazon Echo. Though Leo says that Amazon has a huge lead, in the long run, Google may have the advantage. Meanwhile, Amazon did get a shot in the arm this week with the announcement that Sonos will partner with Amazon to bring connectivity of Sonos to the Amazon Echo. But that may be short-lived since Sonos plans to work with Google and Apple as well.

Try an Alternative Launcher on Android

One of the benefits to having an Android phone is that you can customize and change almost everything about it. You can even change the way your apps and widgets are presented to you by changing what's called the "launcher." The launcher is a lot like Explorer on Windows or the Finder on the Mac. It's the program that allows you to see files and applications so you can run them. The iOS launcher is called SpringBoard, and Apple doesn't let you use any other launcher. On Android, however, you can download third party launchers that change the way your home screen operates.

What's the best way to transfer my data to a new Android phone?

Episode 1427

Chip from Corona Del Mar, CA
Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Chip has over 400 apps on his Android phone, along with hundreds of contacts. He wants to know the best method for transferring all of that data to a new phone. Leo says that first of all, both Samsung and Google will backup his data. His previous phone was an HTC, and his new phone is a Samsung Galaxy Note. Leo says even if the two phones aren't from the same company, Android will still prompt him to transfer some of the data through NFC by touching the phones together. Google syncs his settings, and on Samsung phones it's under "Cloud and Accounts" in Settings.