Paul has a Samsung Galaxy S3 and wants to enjoy all the apps her friends have, but is concerned about privacy. Leo says that while apps have access to things on her phone, it doesn't mean that it does anything with her personal details. Apps need access to certain parts of her phone to simply work. Unfortunately, it's not set up to be "granular" or specific with what things an app can or cannot have access to.
Pat wants to replace her Verizon HTC Thunderbolt and is thinking about the Galaxy S4 or the new Motorola Moto X. Leo says that while the Galaxy S4 is the best selling smartphone by far, Leo's not much of a fan of the Galaxy S4. It's really junked up with a lot of Samsung stuff she'll never use like watching where her eyes are looking.
The Moto-X is going to be "the" phone. It fits better in the hand, and Google Now is great. The camera is also very fast. Verizon won't get it for a few weeks, though.
Joe has the first generation Google Nexus 7 and wants to know what the benefit is of updating his OS. Leo says that the new OS has a feature called Trim, which can keep the flash memory clean and faster over time. Download the Android 4.3 update and let it sleep overnight. Trim will then speed up his performance by cleaning out the flash memory. That alone makes it worth it.
Taylor called in to say that he really likes competition, and the Moto X will really give the consumers a lot to consider when purchasing a smartphone. Leo agrees, and while many tech pundits are complaining about the specs being only mediocre, he thinks the phone performs very well. People care about software and performance, not specs.
Mike wants to go with a "pay as you go" carrier like Ting, and is wondering about the phones available. Not all of them are running the latest version of Android, and one he's looking at in particular is running Gingerbread. Is it OK to get a phone with an older operating system?
Leo has the new Google Motorola Moto X phone, and he's really fascinated by the always-on feature of Google Now. This enables him to talk to his phone and find out just about anything he needs. Some are worried about privacy, but it supposedly doesn't transmit data until the user says "OK Google Now."
This week's gadget is the MicroUSB OTG 3-Port Hub with Smartphone Stand. You can use it to connect 3 different USB devices to many On The Go (OTG) enabled Android devices. You can add a mouse and keyboard to your compatible Android Tablet or phone, it could become a mini portable PC. It's only $10. But make sure your phone supports OTG.
Leo is finally out from under his non-disclosure agreement that he signed with Google over the Motorola Moto X. He said it was a good test because it made him realize he'll never do one again. They're far too restrictive and Leo loves to talk about the technology he finds. He thinks that NDAs allow companies to control journalists.
Ever find something on your computer, smartphone or tablet that you want to show to others on your HDTV? There are a couple of easy ways to set this up.
If you use a Mac and iOS devices (iPhone and iPad), an Apple TV is a good way to go. At $99, the Apple TV is a small set-top box that connects to your TV through an HDMI input. Once connected, you'll be able to take advantage of the AirPlay button in the Mac's menu bar, and when playing media in iOS, to send content to the TV wirelessly.
John wants to transfer his photos and music from his Mac to a tablet. He was thinking of getting an iPad because he already has a Mac desktop, and is concerned that it'd be more complicated to transfer his data to Android. Leo says it isn't really any more difficult to move data to a Nexus 7, and the easiest way to do it with either tablet is through Dropbox.