Samsung

Why can't I install a custom recovery mod on my Galaxy SIV?

Grant from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1061

Grant rooted his Samsung Galaxy SIV AT&T Android phone and now he can't install a custom recovery mod. He got the information on how to do it through XDA-Developers forum. Leo says that Grant may have a locked boot loader that's causing the issue. Leo adds that Samsung's firmware prevents other custom firmware from being added. It's all of the Samsung junk that Grant wants to get rid of.

How can I get the Samsung music player off my Galaxy S4?

Josh from Irvine, CA

Episode 1059

Josh has a Galaxy S4 that he likes, but the music widget keeps coming back and he hates it. Leo says that's not unusual. There's usually a default music player that Samsung uses. Leo says he can change the app on his lock screen in the display settings. That won't stop it from launching, though. Leo says one of the reasons he stopped using the Galaxy S4 is what he calls "Samsung interference."

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1059

Scott Wilkinson

Scott is back with questions about how 4K will affect 3D and what glasses would be best. Sony uses both, but Samsung and LG both use passive technology. Vizio went with the passive glasses in 2013, but this year they dumped 3D altogether. Scott says he likes passive glasses because they're lighter and the TVs are more affordable. Passive is brighter, but even then it only lets in 50% of the light. Active glasses lets in only 30% of the light, and you have to recharge them or change the batteries. Scott also says the one good thing is that 4K offers 1080p in each eye for 3D.

Google Sells Motorola to Lenovo

Episode 1053

Motorola

Leo got a deal of $100 off on an unlocked Moto X. The cool part about it is that it came with a Walnut wooden back. Two days after Leo bought this phone, Google sold Motorola to Lenovo. Google kept most of Motorola's patents, though, which was vital to protect against patent wars.

Google also has convinced Samsung to either stop putting junk on its phones, or make them removable by the user. The agreement included a deal for Google to not sue Samsung for a decade.

How can I view and sort my photos with a tablet?

Episode 1048

Jim from Walnut Creek, CA
Google Nexus 7

Jim is an amateur photographer who reviews his pictures on the camera to delete the ones he doesn't like. For Christmas, he got an iPad Mini, and would like to preview the images on his camera card. Leo says that the iPad Mini doesn't have a set file system like that. Jim understood that and returned it. Leo says Jim didn't have to do that, he could've gotten the camera connection kit which would allow him to plug in an SD card.

How can I get Samsung's S Voice to work better? (Part 1)

Episode 1043

Lily from Oceanside, CA
Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Lily has a Samsung Galaxy Note 3. She loves the huge screen but says that there's a huge learning curve to it. Leo says that's likely because of all the pointless stuff that Samsung has loaded it up with. S-Voice is an example of that. Leo prefers Google's voice control. She can disable it in the Android's "Language and Input" settings. Choose "US English" as the default language. Lily could even root the phone or just tap the microphone button in the search bar and speak into that.