Android

My Nexus 7 Tablet has Touchscreen problems?

Richard from West LA

Episode 1019

Richard recently bought a Google Nexus 7 and he's having trouble with the touch screen. Leo says that Google has acknowledged the problem and is working to push an update to Android that will solve the issue. He can also just return it and get one that doesn't have the issue. He shouldn't have to wait for an update and it could be a hardware problem. No software patch can fix that.

How can I make the text larger on my tablet? (Part 2)

Mike from New Albany, MS

Episode 1018

Mike is also vision impaired and likes to use his tablet as a phone, but often the high-resolution screen makes it hard to read. Leo suggests going into the accessibility options in Android to change the font size. However, a poorly programmed app won't support it. So if it doesn't, then he should try a different app. There's also magification in the settings he could use as well.

Google Knows Nearly Every Wi-Fi Password in the World

Episode 1017

A new report indicates that Google may actually have access to Wi-Fi passwords used by every Android user. Whenever a user signs into a new Android device, they enter their Google credentials. Then, Google can find your Wi-Fi network and join it automatically. This can only be done if your Wi-Fi password had been uploaded to Google. Leo says it's convenient, but after all of the news about the NSA surveillance, this is a bit scary too.

How do I speed up my Android tablet?

Ben from Santa Ana, CA

Episode 1017

Ben has noticed that his Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is slowing down. Leo says that reports are that the flash memory in it was cheap and it just slows down in time. It's called "garbage collection." Google fixed it with Android 4.3 (JellyBean), but most tablets don't have it yet. He could root the tablet and put a 4.3 ROM on it. Then he can use LagFix (ftrim) to fix it.

How can I sync podcasts from a desktop to a mobile device? (Part 2)

Tom from Ottawa, Canada

Episode 1016

Tom has been syncing podcasts to his iPod Touch. But now that he has the SIV, he's been syncing the podcast, but DoubleTwist can't remember the position of the podcast. Leo says that Doubletwist player doesn't remember because it thinks it's a song. Leo recommends DogCatcher for Android, and use DoubleTwist to sync it. In fact, Leo says to subscribe to the podcast through Dogcatcher and it'll get it.

How can I get ringtones for my phone?

Sam from San Diego, CA

Episode 1014

Sam has a mobile phone and wants to download ringtones. Leo says that ringtones are a huge business and people are buying ringtones of songs they already have. 1/3 of all music revenue was from ringtones. He shouldn't have to pay again just for the ringtone. It's really easy to create a ring tone from a song he already has. It's just a music file stored in a special directory.