James is going to get his first smartphone and is considering getting an older model like the Samsung Galaxy S3. But should he just move forward and go with the latest HTC One? He doesn't want an iPhone, though. Leo says that in general, it's not a good idea to go with an older model because he'll lose out on the latest innovations. However, with Samsung, things have gotten worse because Samsung has loaded it with programs that users can't get rid of, in addition to what the carrier puts on it. At least the Galaxy S3 didn't have so much of that nonsense.
Amazon announced Fire TV this week, a device that is positioned to compete with AppleTV and Roku. Leo says it pretty much does the same things, but for an extra $40, you can get a wireless game controller to play games on it. Leo says it's essentially a computer running an Android OS; a smartphone minus the screen. It runs a quad core Snapdragon processor with 2GB of RAM, and will play Android games. Apple and Roku plan to implement this as well, but Amazon beat them to the punch.
Joe bought a Galaxy Mega from Metro PCS, but it's gotten really slow. Leo says do a complete reset of the phone, turn off anything that's running in the background and he should have it running fast again.
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.