Android

Can I use Android apps on my Chromebook?

Episode 1325

Dan from Cypress, CA
Dell Chromebook

Dan is a Nexus user and he recently bought a Chromebook from Dell. Leo says Dell makes a really nice Chromebook. Can he mimic the phone to his Chromebook? Leo says he won't be able to make phone calls on his Chromebook, but he will be able to get the Google Play store for the Chromebook which will support any Android app. It should happen pretty quickly too, as Google said they will do it this month. He'll want to have a Chromebook with a touch screen, though.

I lost my phone's SD card -- is my data secure?

David from Las Vegas, NV

Episode 1322

David took some pictures on a recent trip and they've disappeared. His SD card is missing. It looks like it fell out. He's worried that his password may be on it or people could gain access to apps. Leo says it would be encrypted if it was his password. The app data will be on there, but it depends on the app if it can read it or not. David's images and music will be in the clear though. But it's on a microsd card. Odds are that no one will find it and if they do, they might see the images. But he's obviously lost them all.

What mobile phone should I get?

Episode 1321

Yoni from San Diego, CA
Google Nexus 6P

Yoni wants to know if she should buy the Nexus 6P or the iPhone 7. Leo says he likes the 6P. It has better battery life, a nicer screen, and a removable battery. Google is going be releasing new phones next week under the Pixel name, though. Leo likes Google phones because they patch them first and you don't have to wait for a fix from the carrier or phone manufacturer. Google will just push the update like Apple does. The time is right to get the 6P, though, because they've dropped the price before the new phones come out.

Why can't I cast to my PC using AllCast?

Damian from Spokane, WA

Episode 1320

Damian is trying to get an app called AllCast to work on his PC with AllCast Receiver, but it won't work for him. It works on his brother's PC, though. Leo says that AllCast is a great program that allows you to cast to it through Chromecast and it was designed to work with any streaming player. You can even turn your PC into a Chromecast like device. It's kind of a hack, though, so it may not work consistently.

Samsung Recalls Galaxy Note 7 Amidst Exploding Batteries

Episode 1319

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

This week, after reports that over 35 batteries in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 have exploded, Samsung has stopped sales of the Android phone and recalled them. Leo says that part of the problem may be the fast charge option. Leo recommends that if you have a Note 7, take no chances, and return it. T-Mobile is offering loaners until they have been replaced or refunded. Leo says that Samsung is doing the right thing, even though it will hurt the bottom line. Back it up, remove your SIM and bring it back to the place you got it.

Why do I have so little storage space in my Android phone?

Richard from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1317

Richard has an LG Android phone and it only has 4GB of storage space. Leo says that's because the other half of his 8GB phone is taken up by the Android operating system. Richard can put a microSD card in it for extra storage and set his camera and photo gallery to save to it, as well as music. That will free up space. If it's that small, it's probably time to get a new phone, though.

Can I use a Chromebook with an ethernet connection?

Episode 1317

Warren from Pennsylvania
BobJGear USB to RJ45

Warren is thinking about buying a Chromebook now that it can run Android apps. He needs to be able to connect via ethernet, though. Leo says Warren can get an ethernet adapter as long as it's compatible, and all USB to ethernet adapters are compatible with the Chromebook. BobJGear USB to RJ45 adapter is a good one and it's under $20. What about security? Leo says that Chromebooks are more secure than any other computer out there.

Why am I getting a popup on my Android phone?

Episode 1317

Bruce from Beaumont, CA
Samsung Active S7

Bruce is getting popups on his Android phone that says he's won something. That never happened on his Windows phone or iPhone. Leo says it's an embedded message in a website that he's visiting. Leo says that Safari may have blocked it on the iPhone. Leo says there's an app called Ghostery, which has an ad-blocker built into it. It also tells him where it's coming from. There's also a Chrome plugin that does it on the desktop.