Bob has been having a lot of trouble with his Samsung phone, and wants to know if there's any future for Windows Phone. Microsoft took a $7 Billion write-off for their acquisition of Nokia, because Windows Phone is just not selling. It's only 1 or 2% of the total smartphone market. That being said, they are great phones. Microsoft just announced two new Windows Phone, the Lumia 950 and 950XL, that are amazing phones with great cameras. Microsoft has really reinvented mobile operating systems with the new mobile version of Windows 10 as well.
Jason wants to know if modern phones can stream FM radio. Leo says that some have that feature, but it's not in hot demand in the US. So his phone may not have it if it's bought in the US. If he's buying them from an international vendor, he'll have a better chance of getting a phone that supports it. If the hardware supports it, then he could use a third party android app to do it. But not in an iPhone. He'll likely have to root his Android phone to run a separate ROM. Leo likes Cyanogen Mod.
Dave is debating making the switch to the iPhone so he can be in line with his daughter. Will he have any issues moving from Android to iOS? Leo says that there will be a learning curve and he'll have to reinvest in several apps. But there is more in common between the two than what separates them. Leo does like the Samsung Galaxy S6. Google Now is great, and it is better than Siri. iPhone apps, though, are better designed and the security is far better in iOS. So, in general, it's far more secure and Apple can force updates.
Clarence is looking to jump from the Samsung Galaxy S4 to the Motorola Moto X. Thoughts? Leo says that if Clarence didn't hate the S4, Clarence will love the Galaxy Note 5. It has a better screen, fingerprint reader, better battery life, and a far superior screen. The benefit of the Moto X is that it's cheaper. It also would let him use a MicroSD card. It also has a nice Moto Assist feature for hands free operation. But feature for feature, the Galaxy Note 5 is far superior.
Sharon's HTC One M9 is making an annoying "binging" sound with notifications. She turned off the notifications and it still makes it. Leo says to try the 'Do Not Disturb' setting to see if it still happens. It's possible it's a software glitch. She could fix it by doing a factory reset. But Sharon should backup her apps and contacts to her Google account first. It could also be a hardware issue, and in that case, her wireless provider should have to replace it.
Carlos has made the switch from iOS to Android and wants to be able to select a paragraph of text and then have Android read it. Leo says that iOS has great accessibility features and he doesn't think that Android can do that. But the new iPhones would enable him to select text and then use 3D Touch to bring up a cursor so he could highlight easier. Google's text to voice engine is very good though, but it only reads files. He should check the accessibility settings.
Don can't see his Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in Android Device Manager. Leo says that chances are the Note 2 doesn't have the latest version of Android and as such, the Android Device Manager can't see it. He'll need to look for an update through his carrier, and chances are they aren't updating it. He could try rooting it.
Google had an event this past week where it unveiled two new Nexus phones and Chromecast devices. The Nexus 5X is the smaller and less expensive phone, and the Nexus 6P is the more premium model with a larger 5.7" screen. These phones have decent specs for the price, with great cameras and screens, and big batteries. The new version of Android, code named Marshmallow, will be delivering better battery life as well.
Larry wants to help a friend using his mobile phone, but he has iOS and his friend uses Android. Leo says the good news is that they're both computers. It'll be similar, but he'll have to spend a little time getting the lay of the land to learn the unique ins and outs of Android. But it's all minor stuff. The really good news is that the issues that Larry's friend has is with setting appointments and reminders, and going through Google makes it really easy. He'll just enter his Google credentials once and Google will take care of the rest.
Mark has a Google Nexus 5 and he says it gets terrible battery life. But the worse thing is that he's having issues with sound. So he restarted the phone, and it fixed everything. Leo says that the Nexus 5X will be a bit larger, and there's also the 6P which is even bigger. But after Mark broke his phone and had it fixed, the phone's GPS no longer works. Leo says that the antenna could've been broken at the connection when Mark dropped it. He recommends going to iFixIt.com. If anyone would know how to fix it, they would.