Android

How can I stop my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 from restarting?

Episode 1246

Sy from California
Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Sy has a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 that restarts a lot. Sometimes it even locks him out. Leo says that it's worth doing a factory reset to get rid of any corruption in the software. But more likely, it's hardware which is due to age.

Sy could also root it. He should check out XDA-Developers.com. He needs to search for the exact model phone as his, and he can learn how to root the phone. This will allow him to create a better recovery or ROM like Cyanogen Mod, which can give it new life.

What unlocked Android phone should I buy?

Episode 1246

Sam from Santa Monica, CA
Motorola Moto G

Sam wants to buy an unlocked smartphone. He's heard Leo talk about the Motorola Moto G, but he's also looking at the Huawei P8 lite, and the Alcatel Idol 3. Leo says that the benefit of owning an unlocked phone is that he can take it to just about any carrier. It gives him flexibility, but it also means he'll have to pay for the phone completely up front.

Is there a way to put the iPhone into a 'Drive Mode?'

Episode 1244

Dale from Palmdale, CA
Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

Dale wants to know if the iPhone has a special driving mode to keep phone use to handsfree like Motorola's Assist. Leo says it should, but not yet. There are a few websites that promise to do it, but Apple is stingy with access to that metric because of security. There is an app called DriveSafe Mode. But it doesn't prevent it, it just snitches on you. Apple should really address this issue or allow third parties to.

Can I assign a ringtone to my Ring Video Doorbell?

Episode 1244

Greg from Conifer, CO
Ring Video Doorbell

Greg has bought several Ring Video Doorbells for family. Leo says that Ring is a sponsor of the podcast and he really likes them. Greg says that the probolem is that his father is hard of hearing and the tones from the phones are hard to hear. Is there a way to adjust it? Leo says that is a flaw in the current design and he agrees that Ring should allow users to assign a sound they can hear and recognize.

What inexpensive tablet could I buy for my brother?

Episode 1240

Katie from Long Beach, CA
Amazon Fire Tablet

Katie's brother is going away to college and she wants to give him a tablet as a gift, but she doesn't have a lot of money. Leo says that the Amazon Fire tablet is a solid solution, with prices starting at $50 for a 7" model. It's great for games, Netflix, etc. That's the way to go. But Leo also thinks that there may be better deals on Black Friday.

How can I reset my Android phone?

Phillip from Anaheim, CA

Episode 1236

Phillip has a Motorola Moto G through Cricket and he's been playing with his phone and put it into a Java runtime mode called ART. Leo says that's a fiddler. He'll have to go through a lot of hoops to go into developer mode and change that. Now he's getting a lot of error messages. Leo says he's done that on several Android devices and it sounds like it needs to be manually reset.