Kenny wants to root his new Samsung Galaxy S4 phone to update the OS to Marshmallow. Leo says rooting the phone will give him administrator priviledges, and Samsung discourages it because their security features could get bypassed by a malicious app. If he roots it, he won't be able to use Samsung Pay either.
Robert is looking to get the new Google Nexus 5X or 6P. Leo says that the Nexus brand is popular because it's a pure Android experience that gets updated quickly. How does he transfer all his data? Leo says that any mobile phone with NFC will be able to transfer all the data with "tap and go," and the rest will come from signing into Google in the cloud. Then it will restore the previous Android phone.
Mike needs a new phone and is looking at the latest Samsung Galaxy Note or Galaxy S6. He wants one with a replaceable battery. Mike found an unlocked international Samsung phone at an electronics store, and they said it doesn't have the extra software on it. Leo says it'll most certainly have the Samsung software installed, but since it's an unlocked international phone, it won't have any carrier software on it.
Sy has a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 that restarts a lot. Sometimes it even locks him out. Leo says that it's worth doing a factory reset to get rid of any corruption in the software. But more likely, it's hardware which is due to age.
Sy could also root it. He should check out XDA-Developers.com. He needs to search for the exact model phone as his, and he can learn how to root the phone. This will allow him to create a better recovery or ROM like Cyanogen Mod, which can give it new life.
Teddy has a used car he bought for his daughter, but it has a bunch of buttons for answering a mobile phone. He had it connected to an iPhone and now he's moved to an Android device. How can he adjust that? Leo says that it could be something he'd have to get from the auto manufacturer.
Sam wants to buy an unlocked smartphone. He's heard Leo talk about the Motorola Moto G, but he's also looking at the Huawei P8 lite, and the Alcatel Idol 3. Leo says that the benefit of owning an unlocked phone is that he can take it to just about any carrier. It gives him flexibility, but it also means he'll have to pay for the phone completely up front.
Leo's been using the new Google Pixel C tablet, and has some thoughts on it. The screen is nice, but the sound isn't great. It is about the size of a traditional iPad, with a 4:3 aspect ratio. It has the new USB-C connector, which Leo really likes. You can also pick up a metal keyboard for it, which allows you to treat it as a laptop that runs Android.
Dale wants to know if the iPhone has a special driving mode to keep phone use to handsfree like Motorola's Assist. Leo says it should, but not yet. There are a few websites that promise to do it, but Apple is stingy with access to that metric because of security. There is an app called DriveSafe Mode. But it doesn't prevent it, it just snitches on you. Apple should really address this issue or allow third parties to.
Greg has bought several Ring Video Doorbells for family. Leo says that Ring is a sponsor of the podcast and he really likes them. Greg says that the probolem is that his father is hard of hearing and the tones from the phones are hard to hear. Is there a way to adjust it? Leo says that is a flaw in the current design and he agrees that Ring should allow users to assign a sound they can hear and recognize.
BlackBerry is releasing the new BlackBerry Priv, which will run Android and have a slide down keyboard that BlackBerry fans have come to know and love. Leo says that while this could indicate a renaissance for BlackBerry, he isn't holding out much hope that it will save the company long term.