Android

Why won't my Android phone hold a charge?

Episode 1101

Jeff from Lancaster, CA
Empty Battery

Jeff's old Android phone is dying really quickly. Leo says it's likely because it's nearing the end of it's rechargeable life. Phone batteries have a limited number of charge cycles, at about 500. After which, it will die pretty quickly and won't take a charge anymore. That's why it's best to leave the phone plugged in all the time unless he's out. It will preserve that limited amount of charge cycles, and it's perfectly safe to do so. If it's not holding a charge, it's worn out and the battery needs to be replaced.

More on Android Wear and the LG G Watch

Episode 1100

LG G Watch

While Leo remains skeptical on the idea of the smart watch, he has begun to like the LG G Watch more. He finds it convenient to send and receive text messages and get notifications passed from his phone. He can talk to it, query it, and tap the screen. It's not as much of a health tracking watch, as other fitness bands and smart watches have been, but it does measure steps taken. Leo says the jury is still out on this, and probably not worth buying yet. He suggests waiting to see if Apple does something magical to make watches good.

What phone should I get, iPhone or Android?

Episode 1100

Michael from Huntington Beach, CA
HTC One M8

Michael is trying to decide between a Samsung phone and the iPhone, and wants to know what phone will let him talk on the phone and use the internet at the same time. Leo says that's a network feature and not so much a phone feature. Currently, it's only available on AT&T and T-Mobile. But Verizon and Sprint are moving towards LTE and then he'd be able to. The chat room says that this is possible on some Android phones, if the network has turned on the capability.

Do some Android phones have better reception?

Episode 1099

Holland from LaJolla, CA
Samsung Galaxy S3

Holland has a Samsung Galaxy S3 and he's rooted it to get the latest OS. Does the Droid have better reception? Do newer Android phones get better reception? Leo says that just about any newer phone would technically be "better." And the Droid could have better antennas that give it better reception. Leo likes the HTC One and it's reception is marvelous. He's also a fan of the Galaxy Note 3.

Google Takes On Oculus Rift with Cardboard Box

Episode 1096

Google Cardboard

Leo has the newest Google product, which is made of cardboard. All of the attendees at Google I/O received a cardboard box that, once assembled, fits an Android smartphone. The box acts as a viewer for virtual reality, and the smartphone runs a cardboard app that will give each eye the appropriate image. Since the smartphone has an accelerometer in it, it will move with your head as you look around. This does the exact same thing as the Oculus Rift headset, which Facebook paid $2 Billion to acquire.

How can I get my foreign phone fixed?

Noah from Orange County, CA

Episode 1096

Noah got a mobile phone as a gift and now he's broken it. It's the Souq XTouch X1 from overseas and nobody can fix it. Leo says Souq is just starting to sell it here in the US. The problem with sending it overseas for repair is that it'll take forever and he'll have to pay customs fees. And that's if he gets it back. It's probably going to be cheaper to buy a new phone.

Google Announces 'Android Wear' Platform at I/O Conference

Episode 1095

Google has announced its Android Wear platform for smart watches. LG and Samsung have announced Android Wear watches, and Motorola will be doing another one this summer. These watches will let you know when you have an incoming call, and even will allow you to respond because it has a built in microphone. They'll also have Google Now, so it can provide contextual information when you need it, right on the watch face. These watches also have sensors to track your health statistics, like many of the fitness bands that are already on the market.