Can I install Android KitKat on a Nexus 6?

Vladimir from Carlsbad, CA

Episode 1185

Vladimir has a BMW i3 and wonders if he can integrate his smartphone with it. On his previous car, he had to manually enter all his contacts and it was tedious. Leo says that his car copied over his contacts so it was pretty easy. Vladimir got the numbers, but not the addresses, though. Leo says that Audi's do addresses. Vladimir used a phone with KitKat and it worked just fine, so that's a workaround. Leo says that's very odd. But at least he got the data in. But it sounds like maybe a Lollipop security feature prevented it from doing addresses.

Should I buy the Samsung Galaxy Note IV Edge?

Episode 1185

Robert from Greensboro, NC
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Dave loves his Samsung Galaxy Note II, but he's looking to upgrade. Leo says that he should get the Galaxy Note IV. It has a great camera and nice screen. Should he get the Galaxy Note Edge? Leo says the Edge is kind of gimmicky. Some people like it and he likes the look of the S6 Edge, but the Note IV Edge is completely different with a separate screen. Leo says it's not worth the extra $100 for it, that's for sure.

How can I improve my smartphone images?

Episode 1184

Art from Santa Ana, CA
Samsung Galaxy S5

Art upgraded to the Samsung Galaxy S5 and he can't select a smaller image to send via text or email anymore. Leo says that he always sets images to the highest resolution, bandwidth be darned. But if he's texting them, he doesn't want to send gigantic images anyway. Art should look into his camera settings to see what the lowest image setting is. Better yet, try another camera app. There's plenty of them out there, like the Google camera, which he can probably get a lower resolution setting in.

Where can I go for good reviews on Android phones?

Michael from Orange, CA

Episode 1184

Michael is looking for a new phone but he really doesn't know if he can trust the reviews. Leo says that the mobile phone is a personal choice, and it's hard to give a blanket review of what phone is best. It largely comes down to what he's looking for. Leo says he hasn't really tried many of the phones Michael is looking at because they are the basic, low cost phones, not the flagship phones. But since Michael doesn't need or want to spend much, and he just wants a basic phone that does a bit of internet access, there are plenty out there.

A Recap of Microsoft's Build 2015 Conference

Episode 1183

At the Build 2015 conference, Microsoft announced that developers will be able to write an app for Windows 10 that will work on all platforms, including the desktop and phone. And in a last ditch effort to save the Windows Phone platform, Microsoft has begun offering support to mobile app developers to port their programs from iOS or Android to run on it. Candy Crush and Cut the Rope have recently announced Windows Phone versions.

What Android phone should I get?

Episode 1182

Carol from Solvang, CA
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Carol is ready to upgrade her phone and she wants one that will work with her Chromebook. She started with Android but then made the switch to the iPhone. She's thinking about moving back to the Android platform because she can unlock her Chromebook with an Android phone with Android 5.0 Lollipop.

The Google Nexus 6 would be a good choice, as is the Samsung Galaxy S6. The OnePlus One is also good. She thought about getting the iPhone 6 Plus, but she thinks the iPhone has kinda slowed down. Leo agrees. Android has started to surpass the iPhone in features and power.

Why are my SD cards corrupting with my Samsung Galaxy S4?

Episode 1182

Jeff from Richmond, VA
Samsung Galaxy S4

Jeff has a Samsung Galaxy S4 and he's having issues with his microSD cards, where his images have disappeared. He's looked online and it sounds like it's a widespread issue. He tried to download them from his computer, but it wants to format the card. Leo says that it sounds like the SD card is corrupted. Leo has never had the issue. But with millions of phones made, they're bound to have a certain small percentage of users who have any particular issue.

How does Apple handle OS updates vs. Android?

Episode 1181

Seth from Irvine, CA
Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Seth is due for a new phone and is trying to decide whether to stay with the Droid or move to the iPhone. He has an iPad already. He's especially wondering how iOS updates work. Leo says that Apple controls the handset. They don't have to worry about other overlays or interfaces to pollute it. It's a pure OS experience. And it pushes out updates all at the same time to every carrier and every phone. It's great if he just wants a smart phone that just works.