Android

First Look at the New HTC One Phone

Episode 1069

HTC One

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 Announces Android Wear, an Operating System for Wearable Devices

Episode 1067

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)…
http://www.engadget.com/2014/03/18/google-android-wear/

How can I sync my Android without Google getting the data?

Episode 1067

Vlad from California
Samsung Galaxy S4

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.

How can I speed up my Android phone?

Sindar from Maryland

Episode 1066

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.

Why can't I install a custom recovery mod on my Galaxy SIV?

Grant from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1061

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.

Why did voice commands stop working on my Android phone?

Dave from Hamilton, MT

Episode 1060

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.