Android

Why can't I install a custom recovery mod on my Galaxy SIV?

Grant from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1061

Grant rooted his Samsung Galaxy SIV AT&T Android phone and now he can't install a custom recovery mod. He got the information on how to do it through XDA-Developers forum. Leo says that Grant may have a locked boot loader that's causing the issue. Leo adds that Samsung's firmware prevents other custom firmware from being added. It's all of the Samsung junk that Grant wants to get rid of.

Why did voice commands stop working on my Android phone?

Dave from Hamilton, MT

Episode 1060

Dave has a Motorola Razr M and he got a new bluetooth headset, but one day it just stopped working with voice command. Leo says to look into the Android settings. There should be an option that says "ignore voice command," which could be enabled. He should also check Google Now. Leo says it's likely Android got updated and now he probably has to opt into Google Now to make it work.

How can I secure my Android tablet?

John from Orange County, CA

Episode 1059

John is going digital in his company, and he's bought several old Motorola Zoom tablets for his employees. He wants to know what security software he can install. Leo says first thing is to update the Android software to the current OS, Kit Kat. He can also set his password and PIN to only allow 10 tries. He can also install Lookout to remote wipe it should it get lost or stolen.

How can I get the Samsung music player off my Galaxy S4?

Josh from Irvine, CA

Episode 1059

Josh has a Galaxy S4 that he likes, but the music widget keeps coming back and he hates it. Leo says that's not unusual. There's usually a default music player that Samsung uses. Leo says he can change the app on his lock screen in the display settings. That won't stop it from launching, though. Leo says one of the reasons he stopped using the Galaxy S4 is what he calls "Samsung interference."

Is there a third party camera for the car that has radar to assist with parking? (Part 1)

Episode 1059

Michael from Diamond Bar, CA
Garmin BC20

Michael needs a camera to install in his car that has radar. Leo says that it's probably best to go to a car installer about that since it's more than just buying a camera. It's not only the camera, but the screen itself. So Leo advises letting a professional handle it. The chatroom says that Garmin makes one called the BC20 that wirelessly connects to GPS devices.

How can I transfer my old PDA contacts to a new Phone?

Episode 1058

Russ from Redondo Beach, CA
Handspring Visor PDA

Russ uses a Windows XP machine at work, and his contacts are in an old HandSpring Visor PDA. Leo suggests exporting the data to the CSV (comma separated value) format and then inputting them into Google contacts directly. He can also do his Calendar data that way. Then it really doesn't matter what phone he uses or if he changes phones. It'll be there automatically.

Flappy Bird Developer Takes Popular Free Game Down from App Stores

Episode 1055

Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen tweeted: "I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore." He also says it's not related to legal issues, and that he still makes games. Leo predicts this is a marketing ploy, and that he expects it to come back up in a week or so.