Mike has bought the new LG G3 Android phone. Leo says it's really interesting because it has an ultra HD display, which leaves the Apple Retina display in the dust. It also has a laser focus, 13 MP camera. The only thing Leo says is weird are the buttons on the back.
Tom hasn't had a cellphone in a few years and he's looking at getting the Samsung Galaxy S5. He also sees that it's waterproof. Is that true? Leo says no, it's not water "proof". It's water resistant.
Azar is an IT administrator and he's looking at getting a tablet for work. He has a Nexus 5 phone. Leo says that a Nexus 7 is a great companion for that. Azar says he can get a refurbished one for $100. Leo advises not doing that. It's likely the first generation and they had issues. Get the new version. It's worth spending the money on.
What about the Dell Venue Windows Tablet? Leo says the advantage to that is Microsoft Office. But if he can do everything he needs with the Android, why not?
Mike is thinking of getting his employees tablets rather than computers. Is that a good idea? Leo says that the Cloud is making it very easy to use just about any computer to do work because all the software is now going online. So what it comes down to is what tablet will work best for his business, and Leo says that Android tablets are very good.
Pete has never owned a computer and he's thinking about getting a tablet. His vision is starting to fail, so he's wondering if he would be able to make the text bigger on it. Leo says tablets can have their print set for any size, so that's not an issue. Any electronic device will do that.
If you're looking for a way to track your Android phone or tablet in the event that it's lost or stolen, Google has a free service that will come to the rescue. It's called Android Device Manager, and it will work with all Android devices associated with your Google account. You can find your device on a map, lock it with a new password, or erase it securely, from anywhere in the world.
If you want to get more information about a particular photo, you can actually use that picture as your Google search. Google calls this "Reverse Image Search," and it can turn up similar images, website addresses that contain the photo, information on who took the photo, and more. Of course, this will work best with photos of people or objects that are likely to show up elsewhere on the web.
While Leo remains skeptical on the idea of the smart watch, he has begun to like the LG G Watch more. He finds it convenient to send and receive text messages and get notifications passed from his phone. He can talk to it, query it, and tap the screen. It's not as much of a health tracking watch, as other fitness bands and smart watches have been, but it does measure steps taken. Leo says the jury is still out on this, and probably not worth buying yet. He suggests waiting to see if Apple does something magical to make watches good.
Leo has the newest Google product, which is made of cardboard. All of the attendees at Google I/O received a cardboard box that, once assembled, fits an Android smartphone. The box acts as a viewer for virtual reality, and the smartphone runs a cardboard app that will give each eye the appropriate image. Since the smartphone has an accelerometer in it, it will move with your head as you look around. This does the exact same thing as the Oculus Rift headset, which Facebook paid $2 Billion to acquire.
Google has announced its Android Wear platform for smart watches. LG and Samsung have announced Android Wear watches, and Motorola will be doing another one this summer. These watches will let you know when you have an incoming call, and even will allow you to respond because it has a built in microphone. They'll also have Google Now, so it can provide contextual information when you need it, right on the watch face. These watches also have sensors to track your health statistics, like many of the fitness bands that are already on the market.