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.
Google announced the new Pixel smartphone and for the top of the line model, it's going to set you back nearly a thousand dollars. Leo is amazed by this considering you can get a desktop or even a laptop for half that.
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.
Richard wants to know how to share videos to Google Photos. Leo says he needs to right click on the video and select 'share.' Or he can press the share button and create a link or share it as a shared album.
Paul has a Samsung Galaxy S5 and after he upgraded to Marshmallow, his pictures have disappeared from his gallery. He found them by doing some searching. Leo says that's because Google changed where the images appear. They are now in a folder called DCIM, just like on a camera. The Samsung Gallery app needs to be updated. Leo advises using Google Photos. That's what Google wants you to use anyway, and it will automatically upload your photos.
Joseph has an LG Nexus 5. Leo says it was a really good phone. It hasn't been having very good battery life with Marshmallow, but it seems to reboot by itself. Leo says that points to a hardware issue, but it may also be a bad upgrade. He advises doing a complete factory reset. If the problems persist, then it's definitely a hardware issue and it's time to get a new phone.
A really bad exploit in the Android OS enables the installation of malware called QuadRooter. Google is working to push security updates, and promises to have an update by September. If your manufacturer or wireless provider is slow to push out updates, then you may be vulnerable for quite some time, especially if you have an old phone. If you're looking to get a new phone, make sure you're getting it from a company that's offering monthly updates.
Nick's uncle has a bunch of certifications and wants to map out what people make all over the country to figure out what he's worth. Leo says that using Google Maps API can do that without having to buy any mapping data. It will require knowing Java to do it. Google has training at developers.google.com/maps and there's also a tutorial of how to do it at w3schools.com/googleapi.
Richard has a Google Nexus 9 and signed up for the beta program for Google N, but he can't get past Google. Has be bricked it? Leo says no, he can't really brick it that way. Leo says to go into recovery mode and back out of it. He'll also have to wipe his data and cache. Richard will have to download the drivers, do an ADB, and then download and install the Nexus 9 image. He can also try reinstalling the N Dev again, since maybe it was a bad download.
Ranjith uses Elementary OS, a new flavor of Linux. He also does a YouTube channel on technology, but he's noticing that YouTube doesn't pay well at all. Leo agrees. It's really a pittance and it strikes to the core of what Leo says about the tradeoffs of free bandwidth and access vs. making a living. How can he monetize his content beyond YouTube's adsense? Leo says YouTube is more of a promotional vehicle. To really make money, he'll need to have a consistent view rate of over a million views, and not many can do that.