Android

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.

Will I continue to get Android updates with Lenovo owning Motorola?

Episode 1053

Geoffrey from Baton Rouge, LA
Motorola Moto X

Geoffrey is concerned that he won't get the software updates in a timely fashion like with a pure Google phone now that Motorola won't be owned by Google anymore. Leo suspects there won't really be an issue. First, it'll take awhile to get approval from both the US and Chinese governments. On top of that, people were concerned about the ThinkPad under Lenovo, and that is now the best laptop in the business.

Can I use my smartphone as a dash cam?

Episode 1051

Kevin from Daytona Beach, FL
DailyRoads Voyager

Kevin calls in to explain how he built his own dash cam for free using an old Samsung Galaxy phone. Then he got an application from the Google Play store called DailyRoads Voyager. Leo says this makes sense, because a smart phone should have all the data that a dash cam would need. It has an accelerometer so it would know when the car has crashed, it has a GPS so it knows the speed the car was traveling, and a camera of course to record with.

How can I go to a previous version of Android?

Brian from Thompson, MA

Episode 1050

Brian has an Android phone and after an over-the-air update, it's running really slow. Leo says that it's probably due to a bad upgrade. He suggests doing a complete factory reset. If that doesn't work, downgrading is an option. Brian may have to root the phone and get a stock version of 4.2.2, though. Leo advises going to XDA-Developers.com. CyanogenMod is a good one. He should read up on this though, as not all mods work the same.

Why did the price go up on the Samsung Galaxy SIV from Sprint?

Priscilla from Newberry, SC

Episode 1049

Priscilla has a Samsung Galaxy Epic 4G and she loved it, but it's broken and she needs a new phone. She hates Sprint, though. Leo says Sprint is horrible. But then again, they all are. Priscilla wants to get the Samsung Galaxy SIV, but the price on the phone went up by $50 recently, from $199 to $249. She wants to know who she would call about that, Sprint or Samsung. Leo says that since it's a subsidy issue, she would have to go to Sprint about that. They likely just changed their subsidy. Since Priscilla doesn't seem like a very happy Sprint user, Leo suggests looking into T-Mobile.