The 2014 version of the HTC One, known internally as the M8, arrived this week. Leo says that the new version is a definite upgrade with a beautiful 5 inch screen. HTC also improved many things Leo wasn't too thrilled with in the original One, like the carrier and manufacturer add-ons. While there's still preinstalled carrier and manufacturer junk on top of Android, HTC has at least made their 'Sense' user interface a little less offensive.
Google announced Android Wear this week; an operating system for wearable devices. Already Motorola and LG have announced watches based on Android Wear, and one of the watches is actually round in shape.
Google announces Android Wear, a Nexus-like platform for wearables (Engadget)…
Vlad wants to know if there's anything he can do to get his data on his computer and print a hard copy of it. Leo says that Vlad should use Google to sync everything. That way he'll have a copy of it everywhere: on his phone, online, and on the desktop. Google will sync it seamlessly, and it's by far the easiest way to do it. But Vlad doesn't want to give Google all that information. Leo says that using the S4 gives Google everything anyway, as does Vlad's ISP, so it's a moot point.
Sindar is having trouble with his Samsung Galaxy Note II running slow. Leo says that it's always a good idea to delete everything, and do a factory reset to see if that helps. Also, the more apps he has, the less storage he'll have available, and it will slow down more. The older a smartphone gets, the more worn the SSD gets, and the slower it becomes. That's why modern Android phones use a utilty called "Trim." It also may help to go with Android 4.3, because that provides Trim support.
News is out that the 16GB version of the Samsung Galaxy SV is so filled with software pre-loaded by Samsung that it only has 8GB of usable space on it. Leo thought that Samsung was going to have to offer a Google Play edition like they did with the Galaxy SIV, and that they would be moving the other way. That apparently isn't the case, however.
David wants to backup all his photos in Google. Leo says to install Google Plus on the mobile phone and then turn it on in the iPhone or Android. Then they'll automatically upload.
Grant rooted his Samsung Galaxy SIV AT&T Android phone and now he can't install a custom recovery mod. He got the information on how to do it through XDA-Developers forum. Leo says that Grant may have a locked boot loader that's causing the issue. Leo adds that Samsung's firmware prevents other custom firmware from being added. It's all of the Samsung junk that Grant wants to get rid of.
Dave has a Motorola Razr M and he got a new bluetooth headset, but one day it just stopped working with voice command. Leo says to look into the Android settings. There should be an option that says "ignore voice command," which could be enabled. He should also check Google Now. Leo says it's likely Android got updated and now he probably has to opt into Google Now to make it work.