Dan is looking for a cheap smartphone for his mom and wants to know what Leo thinks of the Motorola Moto G. Leo says at $180 without contract, it's a great, inexpensive phone. It's largely the same as the Moto X, except for the screen.
Allie is thinking of getting an Android tablet, but she's having trouble connecting her laptop and her Samsung device. Leo says that Allie needs to download a Samsung utility called KIES. It will connect with her phone and update drivers. Leo says it can be tricky to connect her phone to the laptop to move data, though. That's why Apple and Android have both moved to connecting over Wi-Fi. Leo also recommends getting DoubleTwist.
Scott needs a drawing program for his Android tablet in order to sketch out maps and diagramming. Leo looks to the chatroom and the consensus seems to be that there's an AutoCad for Android called "AutoCad 360." It's free at the Google Play Store. He'll need to pay the $5 a month fee to create new drawings, though.
Aaron has updated his Samsung Galaxy S3 and now his battery life has decreased. Leo says it may just be that the phone is older and the battery has diminished some. The phone isn't old enough to have battery life issues, though. So it's likely that there is a bug in the update that's causing some programs to run in the background. Doctor Mom in the chatroom had the same problems and suggests turning on power saving mode in Android.
Dave has upgraded to the Samsung Galaxy S4 and now he's thinking about getting a tablet. Since he wants to replace a laptop, he's wondering about a 10" option. Leo says that Android tablets have caught up to the iPad and there's great options now. A Samsung Galaxy Note is a great choice. Try and avoid the temptation of buying a sub $100 Android tablet, though.
Jonathan was checking to see how much space he had used on his iPhone, and noticed a category named "other", and is wondering what it is. Leo says it's application data that's been cached like downloaded files, OS backup files, websites, ebooks, etc. Leo says not to worry about it. It's a normal category that he really can't get rid of, unless he erases everything on his phone and starts over. Sometimes deleting old text messages can free up some of that space.
Maryanne recently bought a Samsung Galaxy S4 and she's missing the visual voice mail alerts. Leo says that may be due to a carrier restriction and may need to be set up with them.
Absent that, Maryanne should go into visual voicemail settings and look for the "display notifications" option. But there isn't a feature to have the phone jump up and grab her attention. One workaround is Google Voice. It will enable her to have a phone message follow her from phone to phone.
Dickie D has a free gadget today that you install into your Android Phone. It's called the Q4 Keyboard. The Q4 keyboard is very different. It can be reduced to an invisible 4-key keyboard. It divides the keyboard into four groups of letters. You tap anywhere on the color group that contains the letter you want. As you just use those four blocks of keys, a unique word prediction technology predicts the word you’re typing while it also learns different words you use to build a personal dictionary.
Britney is going into nursing school after the first of the year and wants to know what tablet she should get: a Samsung Galaxy Tab, Google Nexus 7, or the iPad. Leo says there isn't much difference quality-wise; they're all mature and have stunning screens. So it comes down to what she wants to do with it.
Andrew has been noticing that when he shuts down Android apps, they still appear to be running when he goes into Manage Apps. Leo says on all mobile devices, there's no need for programs to actually shut down. On modern versions of Android, iOS, and even on Windows 8.1 or RT, apps don't necessarily close. The operating system just takes care of it on its own. When the user does something else, the OS will halt the CPU for that app, reclaim the memory, and eventually close it. It will still be in the "recent apps" section, though, but that's more for the user's convenience.