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.
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.
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.
Sandy's Samsung Galaxy S3 isn't holding a charge anymore. Can she just replace the battery or does she have to buy a new phone? Leo says she can definitely just replace the battery. All she needs to do is open up the back of the phone and pull out the battery. She can buy a new battery to replace it.
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.
Norman is disabled and is looking to get video from his Droid X to his TV. One solution is to use an HDMI cable. The chatroom says that the Chromecast is the cheapest solution at $35. But the Droid X is pretty old and likely doesn't mirror at all.
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.
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 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.
John has a Samsung Galaxy S Android phone. Leo says that in its day, that was a great phone. John says that it runs Android 2.2 and it's starting to get a bit buggy. Leo says that we're on Android 4.4 now and it's really behind the times. Things move so fast in the smartphone world, but if it still works, it still works.