Android

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.

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.