Google

Should I buy the Google Pixel?

Episode 1338

Glen from Witchita, KS
Google Pixel

Glen is thinking about getting a Google Pixel. How's the signal quality? Leo says that as far as he can tell, it gets great signal reception. But he says that's more due to the carriers, which also add Wi-Fi to calling. So the problems are being solved for coverage. They also use the same radio devices. There's no reason not to get the Pixel, except the price. It's expensive.

Why can't I log into Google Calendar on my Samsung refrigerator?

Episode 1338

Julio from Arizona
Samsung Refrigerator with Family Hub™

Julio has an internet enabled refrigerator and he can't get to Google Calendar online with it. Leo wonders if it's one of the first refrigerators. Leo says that Google changed the way the calendar works and Samsung probably hasn't updated the firmware to accommodate that new standard. Since his fridge is out of warranty, they have little incentive to fix the problem. There's a technote about it at productforums.google.com.

Why is my Roku buffering and rebooting?

Episode 1338

Mike from Tustin, CA
Roku Ultra

Mike recently "cut the cord" and streams only via Roku. Leo says that what's apparent is that cord cutting doesn't really save money. When you consider Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, and Amazon Prime subscriptions, he's paying just as much, if not more. That's not the reason to cut the cord. The reason is to send a message that he's not going to take it anymore from the cable companies.

Where can I get Google Assistant in the home?

Episode 1333

Ellie from Honolulu, HI
Google Home

Ellie likes the idea of Google Assistant and wonders if it will be coming to home automation like the Amazon Echo. Leo says that the Amazon Echo is a great device and it keeps getting smarter. As for Google Assistant, Google's goal is to have it everywhere, so it likely will be.

Ellie also wants to know if AT&T buying Time Warner will affect her internet access. Leo says no, Time Warner sold it off to Spectrum. The $80 Billion acquisition of Time Warner is all about content.

Leo Reviews the Google Pixel

Episode 1333

Google Pixel

Leo got the Google Pixel and inevitably you're going to compare it to the iPhone 7. First off, it's expensive. Leo also says that the iPhone feels better crafted and better built than the Pixel. But Leo has always preferred the Android OS to the iPhone. Leo likes the aliases you can have with Android. Widgets are also great. The artificial intelligence called Google Assistant is remarkable. Light years ahead of Siri, which lately has gotten dumber. Speech recognition is nearly perfect on the Pixel, while Leo says he has a lot of trouble with Siri.

BlackBerry Gets Out of Hardware Business

Episode 1330

BlackBerry Q10

BlackBerry this week announced it would be getting out of the hardware business. When the iPhone came out in 2007, no one knew exactly what that meant. In fact, the CEO of Microsoft at the time, Steve Ballmer, publicly criticized it saying that it's too expensive. The lack of concern was just enough to throw them off their game for a couple of years. By 2009, when it became clear the iPhone was the future of cell phones, Microsoft and BlackBerry finally leapt into action. Unfortunately, it was too late at that point and Apple already owned the space.

Should I get Google Fi?

Naomi from Denver, CO

Episode 1325

Naomi is ready to get a Good Nexus Android phone along with Google Fi. Leo says that Google's new phone is going to be the Pixel, not the Nexus. So Leo would advise waiting until they are announced. As for Google Fi, Leo is a total fan. $20 for unlimited voice, text and then it's pay as you go for data at $10 a gig. Google Fi won't work with Verizon without roaming, though. The chatroom says that the Nexus 6P does work with Verizon, but not through Google Fi.