Google announced its Nexus 5 smartphone on October 31st. Google has been offering an Android phone that is a "pure Google" experience. It has no extra software from manufacturers or carriers. Google is trying to do two things with this phone -- Show what a phone running stock Android looks like, and to have an inexpensive phone that developers can easily buy and use. This phone costs a mere $349 unsubsidized and without a contract. This is half of the cost of other top of the line phones unsubsidized.
Will also wants to know what backup app would be good for an Android phone that isn't rooted. Leo suggests Helium App Sync and Backup from Clockwork Mod. He can get it free from the Google Play store.
Scott had the same issue and it turned out to be the battery that was causing the issue. Swapping out batteries may solve it.
Will has a Samsung Galaxy S3 and it just keeps rebooting and crashing on him. Leo says that it sounds like it's overheating and it's likely that since he's had it for a year, the warranty lapsed. Leo recommends reinstalling the OS by using the "erase and reinstall" option in his security settings. If that doesn't work, then Leo advises taking it back to the Carrier's store and explain the issue to them, they may replace it.
Jess has the Nexus 5 and can't seem to get Google Now working. Leo says you have to sign up for Google Now for it to work. So you just give the app your GMail account and then swipe to the right. Go into settings and make sure it's enabled. Resetting your phone may be the key.
Juan is disappointed that Google stopped using dessert designations for its Android operating system. Leo says that it's likely because of a deal between Google and Nestle to name it Kit Kat, even though Google claims no money changed hands. That only means they're handling the transaction in another fashion. Leo doesn't like that because it just commercializes it.
Chris wants to go with a new phone and service (he uses Sprint) because he can't get 4G in his area. What Android device should he get?
Leo says if he's bought a lot of apps on iPhone, it may be worth just changing carriers and get the iPhone unlocked. If he can't do that, then both Android and Apple have so many apps now that he can make the switch and still get apps that he likes. Leo hates the iPhone keyboard anyway. He should choose the carrier that's best in his neighborhood.
Kira has to replace her four year old Blackberry, and wants to know what to get next. She really likes the keyboard. Leo says that just about any smartphone can do what Kira is looking to do (Gmail, Facebook ,etc). The downside is that physical keyboard phones are dying out.
Mike is looking to get a new smartphone and he's thinking about Android. Leo says that Mike did the right thing by starting with the carrier he wanted to deal with first. Now he's looking at the Nokia 521 Windows Phone and a Samsung Android phone. Leo says that since Mike has never had a smartphone before, the Nokia Lumia 521 Windows phone is a good entry level offering. Great for someone who has never used one or has a computer. It's far better than an entry-level Android phone.
Susan is looking to get a tablet that will handle ebook reading, games for the kids, and working the internet. Leo says that while you can get a cheaper Android iPad, Leo says that Susan should get an iPad. It's got great apps, is well supported, and very easy to use. It's a little more expensive, but it's worth it. But wait until Tuesday, October 22, because it's likely Apple will announce new iPads and she could save money on the previous version. 3G or Wifi?