Android

Why is my Android phone connection so slow?

Bill from Eastvale, CA

Episode 1083

Bill has a new LG Optimus Android phone and even though he was promised downloads 7 times faster, he can't do anything because it buffers forever. Leo says that there are bandwidth issues, clearly, and that could largely be do to T-Mobile's coverage not being very good in his area. Leo recommends downloading a speed test app like OKLA. That will tell Bill what kind of speeds he's getting.

Why can't my text messaging apps work on my tablet?

Andrew from Orange County, CA

Episode 1083

Andrew bought a Nexus 7 Android tablet for his birthday and he's running into issues with SMS text messaging. Leo says that SMS is the short message service between wireless telephones. So it wouldn't work. But he can use apps like What's App to do it. He may run into issues because he won't be able to universally text to phones with it. The chatroom says he could get Skype, which works great on the Nexus 7, and he can buy the ability to text through Skype. That's a good option, as is Google Voice. Even Google hangouts would work. TalkaTone is another.

Google vs. Oracle Decision May Be Bad News for the Internet

Episode 1081

On Friday, a federal court overturned the Google vs. Oracle decision about Google's use of the Java API in Android. The Android operating system is based on Linux and something called Java, a programming language written almost 20 years ago by Sun. Oracle acquired Sun in 2010, and now is the owner of the Java programming language as well. Java has nice advantages -- it's a clean language and can run on a variety of platforms. This means Android could run on a variety of different hardware.

Why did Android Kit Kat wipe out my settings?

Diane from Chicago, IL

Episode 1080

Diane's Android phone had the Android Kit Kat update pushed to her and now all her passwords are gone. Leo says that if she has the setting checked that allows Google to restore her settings and passwords (under "Backup and Reset"), then she can reset them. If it isn't, then she's unfortunately out of luck. So moving forward, Leo recommends having that box checked, plus the box for automatic restore.

Facebook's Mobile App Now Shares Your Location with Friends

Episode 1075

Facebook recently introduced a location sharing feature in its mobile app where it tells your friends where you are at all times, and allows you to see your friend's location. It also will notify you if you're near one of your Facebook friends.

Facebook ‘Nearby Friends’ Will Track Your Location History To Target You With Ads (TechCrunch)…
http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/18/facebook-location-advertising/

Whats the best smartphone for someone who isn't interested in social networking?

Episode 1075

Pam from Hollywood, CA
Google Moto X

Pam has to get a new phone and she's really intimidated with the whole smartphone thing. She doesn't like apps, or the privacy issues. Leo says that smartphones are great for contact management, maps, pictures, and more. But that doesn't mean Pam needs to start drinking the Facebook kool-aid. Just don't install those apps.

How do I unlock my Android phone?

Bob from Hermosa Beach, CA

Episode 1075

Bob has an LG Android phone through MetroPCS and he would like to unlock it. Leo says it isn't something he'd want to try himself, nor should he take advantage of offers on the Internet to unlock it. What Leo would recommend is contacting his carrier and ask if they will unlock it. He should tell them he's planning on traveling overseas and would like to unlock it to take advantage of purchasing a local sim to make phone calls. If he's past his two year commitment, they should be willing to do it. In fact, the chatroom says that MetroPCS will unlock it after three months.