Apps

Should I buy a Chromebook?

Episode 1399

James from San Francisco, CA
Samsung Chromebook Plus

James is looking to get a Chromebook, but he's thinking that as a musician, he may need a Windows machine. Are there online ways around it? Leo says that there are online resources to record audio. Leo says that Chromebooks are great for most people, but it may not be for everything he does. Leo says that before he buys, he should try using nothing but the Chrome browser exclusively for a few days and see if there's extensions that can do what he wants. Leo's guessing that for recording music, the Chromebook may be lacking and he would need a full OS like Windows.

Can I move my phone apps to the phone's SD card?

Episode 1392

Richard from Los Angeles, CA
SD Card

Richard wants to know if moving apps to the SD card will save space. Leo says it can, if he knows how to do it. It's not really easy. Google does have a workaround, through adopted memory, but Leo says it doesn't work very well, depending on what phone he uses. Even if he can do it to save space, he's not saving that much space. The biggest storage hog is data. So why not move the data to the SD card and then keep the app on the phone's internal memory? It's one of the reasons why Apple and Google don't use SD cards.

How can I save text messages from an old Windows Phone?

Episode 1390

Todd from Detroit, MI
Transfer My Data for Windows Phone

Todd needs an app that will allow him to backup text messages from his girlfriend's old Windows phone. Leo says that there's an app in the Windows Phone Store called Transfer My Data that will allow her to export those messages to the SD card slot on the phone. There's also an app called Message Backup. Then she can import them to an Android phone using apps in the Google Play Store.

Change the Default Apps on Android

On Android, if you have more than one app installed that does the same thing, you'll be given an option of which app to launch whenever you try to perform that task. For instance, if you want to ask Google Assistant to navigate you somewhere, by default it will open Google Maps. If you have Waze installed, it may ask you what maps app to use first. Once you tap "always" when opening one of those apps, however, it will use that app and won't ask you in the future. But that doesn't mean you're stuck using that app as the default forever — there is a way to change this later.

How can I get Google Now to open Waze instead of Google Maps?

Episode 1388

Mike from Orange, CA
Waze

If Mike goes into the app settings, he can make Waze his default navigation app. He'll also want to get rid of Google Maps, or at least disable it. He may need to go into the Google Now settings as well. If he goes into the Waze settings, he can tap on "Open supported links" and select "Open in this app."

This worked for Leo, but Mike is on a Samsung Galaxy S8, so it's conceivable that Samsung has done something to prevent him from being able to change that default.

Facebook Brings Augmented Reality to Apps

Episode 1383

Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook F8

In a clear sign that they are going after Snapchat, Facebook announced that they are opening up their API to allow app developers access to the camera in the Facebook app. They will also add support for filters, overlays, and other features that are similar to Snapchat, luring users away.

Leo says that Facebook is going after augmented reality in an effort to stay on top of the virtual genre. Leo says that competition is good. It'll be interesting to see how Snapchat and other companies respond.

Why do my apps move when I update Android?

Episode 1382

Marty from Los Angeles, CA
Samsung Galaxy S5

Marty has a Samsung Galaxy S5 with 16GB of RAM and a 64GB memory card. When the apps update, however, they install back onto the internal storage. Leo says that SD card storage is an issue on Android. They can't put apps on an SD card if it uses widgets. So some apps will move back. It's probably why Apple doesn't mess with it.

The chatroom says that the S5 update to Android 6.0 solves that problem, if he can update. It's called Adoptable Storage, but it was really only a Google feature. The SD card is really meant for media and storage, not for apps. He should get a new phone.