Android

How can I connect a camera to my Android Tablet?

Eric from Torrance, CA

Episode 1095

Matthew has an 11" Asus T100 and he wants to get a smaller tablet. He wants it to work with an inspection camera. He hates Windows 8. Leo says that's no surprise. But if the camera comes with software, then he may be limited. If it's just a generic USB plugin, he may still be stuck. Some tablet's USB plugs only work for charging. He'll need a tablet with a USB plug supported for OTG or "on-the-go" options.

Is it safe to get my apps from Amazon?

Ron from Downey, CA

Episode 1095

Ron hears that Amazon offers apps for free every day. Is that safe or should he just buy them from Google Play? Leo says that Amazon is not only safe, but probably safer than Google Play itself because they vet every app. And it's not like he's getting his apps from "Joe's apps" or anything.

Ron will have to go into the settings and enable the ability to get apps from other stores. That's safe to do as long as he is careful. Amazon is perfectly safe, though.

How can I replace the calendar on the Samsung Galaxy S5?

Episode 1094

Ruth from Los Angeles, CA
Sunrise Calendar

Ruth just upgraded to a Samsung Galaxy S5 and she's having issues with seeing her calendar. Leo says that Samsung has replaced Google's calendar with its own and he doesn't like it. Leo suggests getting a third party calendar. He likes Sunrise.

Sunrise is an awesome, free calendar that will sync to Google calendar and contacts directly. That's why Google has pushed for Samsung and other manufactures to offer Google editions of their phones.

How can I prevent my smartphone from autofilling?

Episod 1093

Rob from Newark, NJ
SwiftKey

Rob has a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and he's got it set to disable the autofill, but it does it anyway. Leo suggests using a different browser. Google Chrome is the best option, and is far more secure.

The chatroom says that the keyboard is doing it, not the browser, and he can disable that in the settings. Leo also uses a third party keyboard called SwiftKey.

Should I root my HTC One phone?

Sam from Realto, CA

Episode 1092

Sam is thinking of rooting his phone so he can buy apps from other places. Leo says that he could get Android apps from almost anywhere with a simple check box in settings. Rooting gives the owner super user or admin access to backup the phone, and erase apps and overlays they want the user to have, etc. Should he follow the tutorials he finds on YouTube? Leo says he wouldn't. There's a different procedure for every single phone. He won't want to follow the wrong suggestions and brick his phone.

How can I revive my Android phone?

Jen from Santa Monica, CA

Episode 1090

Jen has an old Samsung Galaxy mobile phone that was bricked during an over-the-air update. She's also heard that others are having the same problems. What can she do? Samsung doesn't seem to care. Leo says it could just be a bad battery, which she could replace. If that isn't the problem, then the update is the culprit. If she can get into recovery mode, then there's a chance. To do this, she should press the On button and volume up button at the same time and hold it until it gets into recovery mode.

Is the Blue Life View Android phone a good buy?

Episode 1088

Lee from Burbank, CA
Blue Life View Android Phone

Lee has a Blue Life View mobile phone. The phone has dual sims, which is primarily used overseas when crossing international borders.

Leo doesn't like that it uses Android 4.2, which is a bit dated. Also, since it's an international phone, he'll want to check that the frequencies from his carrier are supported. It won't support LTE, which means he won't get the fastest data. But it's not bad for the money. Leo recommends getting the Motorola Moto G, which has the same specs for half the price. It isn't dual sim, but unless he's traveling overseas, it's more than enough.