Android

Are the apps the same on Android as on iPhone?

Episode 1119

Lou from Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Android

Lou is looking to get an Android phone, but he's concerned that it won't have the same apps as the iPhone. Leo says most apps are developed for both these days and Leo says that Lou should get his apps from the Google Play Store.

Will the transition from iPhone to Android be difficult? Leo says no, not at all. Most apps are identical in their experience.

Will going from Android to iPhone be a difficult transition?

Episode 1120

Avi from California
Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Avi is an Android user who's looking to make the switch to the iPhone 6. What's going to be the hardest transition? Leo says that settings are a bit different. What about contacts? Leo says that since Avi is a google user, it'll all be automatic once he logs into it.

Avi will have to get the separate Google App to still use Google Now, otherwise he has to use Siri. But Leo thinks that Avi will like the iPhone.

Is there a phone large enough that could also replace my iPad?

Episode 1120

David from North Carolina
Samsung Galaxy Note 4

David wants to get rid of his iPad and go with a mobile phone large enough to do both. Leo says the time is ripe for that since the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5" screen. Is the Galaxy Note 3 bigger? Leo says no, it's the same size. But the Note 4 is a little bit larger.

Leo says that the 6 Plus is a really good choice thanks to it's 5.5" screen. But if he isn't married to the iPhone ecosystem, the Galaxy Note 4 is the right choice, especially considering he's already using the Galaxy S4 already.

Should I buy an Apple Watch?

Mike from Portland, ME

Episode 1117

Mike wonders if the Apple Watch will be obsolete in less than a year. Leo says it's probably correct. He says it looks "fiddly" and it's a solution in search of a problem. And because it's the first generation, Leo advises taking a wait and see attitude. Let someone else be the beta tester. Like Japanese schoolgirls, whom he's convinced what Apple is aiming the Apple Watch at.

How can I get the widgets back on my HTC One M8?

Episode 1116

Clark from Puerto Rico
HTC One M8

Clark just bought an HTC One M8 Android phone, and his widgets have somehow vanished. There's no widget tab. Leo says go into settings and make sure his apps and settings are backed up. Once that's done, he can to do a factory reset. But then he'll have to download all of his apps again. At least he'll have it back to normal, though.

The chatroom recommends going into the apps system settings, and go into nova launcher and clear the cache. He can even uninstall the third party Nova launcher if he doesn't like it.

How can I backup my Android Phone like iCloud?

Episode 1116

Jonathan from Hollywood, CA
Samsung Galaxy S5

Jonathan just picked up a Samsung Galaxy S5. He wants to know if Android has a backup option similar to iCloud. Leo says there's no way to backup everything, but Android will backup apps and settings, which include Wi-Fi Passwords, to his Google account. That way when he logs into his Google account with a new phone, it'll restore his apps and settings automatically.

Is there a cross platform app development option?

Episode 1116

Dave from Ayersville, OH
Coding

Dave is looking to get into App development. He'd like to make apps for multiple platforms, and wants to know if there's a cross platform environment that makes it easier. Leo says that developing natively is always the best option, but cross platform is very popular with developers who don't want to triple their effort. Different platforms use different languages, though.

What Android phone is better: HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S5 or the Google Nexus 5?

Episode 1114

Jonathan from Los Angeles, CA
OnePlus One

Jonathan is ditching his iPhone 5s and moving to T-Mobile. He's trying to decide between the HTC One, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Google Nexus 5. Leo says that the Nexus 5 is the pure Google experience with no added "skins" or bloatware. This means it will always get updated right when Google releases a new version of Android. Leo likes the HTC One, but it's a bit smaller. Leo isn't a fan of Samsung because they put too much bloatware on their phones. The Galaxy S5 isn't bad, but has a cheap plastic feel to it.