Android

How can I load an Android program onto my PC?

Dwayne from Aurora, CO

Episode 1163

Dwayne misses the days of having an actual user manual. Leo says those days are long gone. Everything is to be found online. Dwayne also says there's an app for Android he wants to put on his computer. Is that dangerous?

Leo says that Android is safe because it's largely an emulator that runs programs, so it's easy to run Virtual Machine, or Bluestacks and run it. But it's a bit disappointing because emulators don't use the Google store, so the availability of apps is limited. He could sideload the .APK file, though.

Why is my Samsung Galaxy S3 battery life so short?

Episode 1160

Roger from San Pedro, CA
Samsung Galaxy S 3

Roger says his Samsung Galaxy S3 is having battery life issues. Leo says that every battery has a limited battery life of about 500 charging cycles, so he should just replace the battery and he should be good to go. If that's not working, then the charging system may be messed up, and a simple system reset should make the phone like it was when it came from the factory. Google will have already backed all of his data backed up.

Is it possible to use a Chromecast with my phone's internet connection?

Episode 1160

Mike from Wrightwood, CA
Chromecast

Mike uses his phone as his internet access and he wants to use Netflix from his Android phone wired to his HDTV, but he has issues with audio sync. Leo suspects that the phone isn't powerful enough to drive it. He did get a Chromecast, but it requires a Wi-Fi signal to work.

There are other options. Leo says that using a MiFi card may help, because then it would convert the 4G signal to Wi-Fi. Also, because he rooted the phone, that could be adding to the issue. But rooting helps him to tether and use the Chromecast that way. This could violate his deal with Sprint, though.

What phone should I buy for a trip to China?

Episode 1159

David from Las Vegas, NV
Xiaomi Mi 4

David is going to China for a honeymoon and he needs a phone that he can use. Leo says he'll want an unlocked phone that works best with the radio bands that China uses. Xiaomi is the best and make some great phones like the Mi 4. It has the best battery life of any phone in the world. Xiaomi has its own version of Android that runs well also. It uses SnapDragon 810 processors, and they're pretty fast. Huawei also makes phones that would work in China. There's several brands that are affordable. The key, though, is to get the proper radio bands.

What phone should I get to replace my Galaxy S4?

Episode 1157

Ron from West Hollywood, CA
Samsung Galaxy S5

Ron's Samsung Galaxy S4 was stolen, and T-Mobile replaced it with another one. But the one he got as a replacement keeps talking to him, and he doesn't want that. He wants to take it back and get the Samsung Galaxy S6 when it comes out, if it's as good as he's heard it will be. Leo says that they haven't even been announced yet, and there's no need to wait. He can just get the Galaxy S5. Or if he likes a bigger screen, the Note 3 is a good choice. The The S6 will just be more of the same, only marginally better.

How can I get a smartphone app written?

Spivy from Attalla, AL

Episode 1158

Spivy created a poker game for casinos and he wants to turn it into a smartphone app. Leo says that's a good idea if people like it. But if it's a betting app, with cash involved, Apple won't let him do that. But if it's just a fun game, then he'd just need to find a developer. There are a lot of places to go. eLance is a great place to find them and he can have people bid on the gig. Many are in Russia, India and Eastern Europe. It'll cost him less than he'd think.