Android

Why won't my Android phone sync when I plug it into my PC?

Episode 1145

Brandon from Ontario, CA
AirDroid

Brandon got a Google Nexus 5. He tried to plug in his Android phone into his PC but it won't sync -- it only charges. Leo says that his PC isn't loading the USB drivers for it, which is why it's not syncing. Leo says another option is to try a program called AirDroid. It will then connect over Wi-Fi and he won't have that syncing issue. It's a bit slower, but it's a good workaround.

Can I put Google Chrome on a Nexus Player?

Episode 1144

Ronnie from Anchorage, AL
Google Nexus Player

Ronnie is thinking of getting a Google Nexus Player and he saw a video where someone side loaded Google Chrome on it, making it a $99 computer. Should he get one? Leo says no. First, he'd have to unlock it to side load and hack it via USB.

But it's interesting and could turn the device into a $99 Android device for the TV. He may have had to modify it to do that. Leo advises going to XDA Developers and look it up. Now Leo has to look at it again!

Should I buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 at a discount?

Episode 1142

Dennis from Riverside, CA
Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Dennis is looking to get a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for $150. Leo says that sounds like a subsidized price, and while he's saving the money up front, he'll be paying a lot more over the course of 2 years. Is the Note 4 better at $150 more? Leo says it's an amazing phone, as they all have been. Better screen and camera, and a faster processor. He's more likely to get updates for it.

If the Galaxy Note 3 is brand new, then it's an apples to apples comparison. If the $150 difference is an issue, then he shouldn't hesitate, and get the Note 3.

Should I root my Android phone?

Episode 1140

Gary from Buffalo, NY
Android

Gary is thinking about rooting his old Android phone. Leo says that rooting means he can run his phone as an administrator, or "super user." Some companies, like Samsung, make it a bit harder to do, but it can be done.

Gary should check out XDA Developers.com. Two popular boot loaders include Clockwork Mod, and Twerk. But he'll have to use the exact rooting instructions for his specific model phone. And it varies from model to model.

Should I get the Samsung Tab 8 or Acer Iconia tablet?

Episode 1139

Henry from Westminster, CA
Acer Iconia Tab 8

Henry is trying to decide between the Samsung Tab 8, and the Acer Iconia. There's a $130 difference between the two, and Henry says the specs look pretty similar.

Leo says that the Samsung Tab can come in Android or Windows, so that could certainly make a difference. Acer is also known for inexpensive hardware that's very good. Leo says that the Acer is an excellent tablet. The Samsung may give him better battery life, but either will work just fine. Henry should make sure they use at least version 4.4 of Android (Jelly Bean)

Why can't I search through my contacts on my HTC One?

Episode 1139

Gary from San Diego, CA
HTC One with Beats audio

Gary has an HTC One with Beats audio. He has over 5,000 contacts and his phone won't let him search through them. Leo says that's likely because HTC has replaced the Google contacts app with its own, which is a problem. Google has started to release apps like Calendar and Docs on the Google Play store, but hasn't released the contacts yet. They probably won't, since people mostly use the phone's dialer for that.