Android

Should I buy an Apple Watch?

Mike from Portland, ME

Episode 1117

Mike wonders if the Apple Watch will be obsolete in less than a year. Leo says it's probably correct. He says it looks "fiddly" and it's a solution in search of a problem. And because it's the first generation, Leo advises taking a wait and see attitude. Let someone else be the beta tester. Like Japanese schoolgirls, whom he's convinced what Apple is aiming the Apple Watch at.

How can I get the widgets back on my HTC One M8?

Episode 1116

Clark from Puerto Rico
HTC One M8

Clark just bought an HTC One M8 Android phone, and his widgets have somehow vanished. There's no widget tab. Leo says go into settings and make sure his apps and settings are backed up. Once that's done, he can to do a factory reset. But then he'll have to download all of his apps again. At least he'll have it back to normal, though.

The chatroom recommends going into the apps system settings, and go into nova launcher and clear the cache. He can even uninstall the third party Nova launcher if he doesn't like it.

How can I backup my Android Phone like iCloud?

Episode 1116

Jonathan from Hollywood, CA
Samsung Galaxy S5

Jonathan just picked up a Samsung Galaxy S5. He wants to know if Android has a backup option similar to iCloud. Leo says there's no way to backup everything, but Android will backup apps and settings, which include Wi-Fi Passwords, to his Google account. That way when he logs into his Google account with a new phone, it'll restore his apps and settings automatically.

Is there a cross platform app development option?

Episode 1116

Dave from Ayersville, OH
Coding

Dave is looking to get into App development. He'd like to make apps for multiple platforms, and wants to know if there's a cross platform environment that makes it easier. Leo says that developing natively is always the best option, but cross platform is very popular with developers who don't want to triple their effort. Different platforms use different languages, though.

What Android phone is better: HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S5 or the Google Nexus 5?

Episode 1114

Jonathan from Los Angeles, CA
OnePlus One

Jonathan is ditching his iPhone 5s and moving to T-Mobile. He's trying to decide between the HTC One, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Google Nexus 5. Leo says that the Nexus 5 is the pure Google experience with no added "skins" or bloatware. This means it will always get updated right when Google releases a new version of Android. Leo likes the HTC One, but it's a bit smaller. Leo isn't a fan of Samsung because they put too much bloatware on their phones. The Galaxy S5 isn't bad, but has a cheap plastic feel to it.

Motorola to Announce New Moto X and Android Wear Watch Next Week

Episode 1111

Motorola Moto X

We're expecting an announcement of the new Moto X Android phone and Android Wear watch from Motorola on September 4. The new Motorola X will probably have a bigger screen, at 5 inches, and should have a better camera and higher resolution display. Like the first Moto X, it will likely run mostly stock Android with a few useful additions, like the ability to just talk to the phone to wake it up at any time. It knows when you're awake, sleeping, in a meeting, or driving automatically and will adjust its settings accordingly.

OnePlus Controversial 'Ladies First' Campaign Cancelled

Episode 1110

OnePlus One

The makers of the OnePlus One Android smartphone have cancelled a controversial campaign in which it asked women to submit photos of themselves with the OnePlus One logo on them. The photos were to be judged by staff, and invites would be given to the top 50 women. The invite doesn't even get you a phone, however -- it only allows you to buy a phone at full price.