Android

How can I ever my password without using my phone's keyboard?

Rich from Scranton, PA

Episode 1448

Rich is having trouble entering his password on his cellphone screen due to his parkinson's disease. Leo says that there are plenty of accessibility options including the swiping keyboard. It allows you to draw a line from key to key. It may be easier to do than tapping the keyboard. Use the Google Keyboard/GBoard. Another option is voice dictation. Another option is to use a PIN, a 4 digital number and you'll be able to use the keypad and not the keyboard. Leo also recommends using a password manager like LastPass. That will take your password down to one that you have to enter.

What Android phone should I buy?

Scott from Hisperia, CA

Episode 1448

Scott owns a Windows Phone, but he's tired of people making fun of them and Microsoft has killed it. So he's ready for a new phone. Android or Apple? He doesn't trust Google though. He'd prefer an SD card option. Leo says the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the ideal phone for Scott. It takes an SD card, large screen and has a stylus. If you don't want the stylus, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is very close in size. But understand that Android is made by Google, so you'll have some reach by Google in your services. What about he LG V30?

Does Apple CarPlay support Google Play Music?

Episode 1443

Jonathan from New York, NY
Apple CarPlay

Jonathan wants to know if CarPlay will support Android and Google Play Music. Leo says that Google Play Music will be coming to CarPlay soon. Although it's unclear when it will get seeded down to older models. Siri probably won't interact with it or control it, though. This seems counter to the very idea of CarPlay to begin with — that it's a handsfree experience when driving.

Can I sync Outlook with my new Android phone?

Episode 1441

David from Anaheim, CA
Samsung Galaxy Note 8

David has finally made the "switch" from iPhone to a Samsung Galaxy Note 8. It seems easier to sync, but how does he sync up his Outlook? He should sync using Google Contacts first. That's' a good way to have it everywhere. He can then sync to any phone, computer, or tablet. Leo says Outlook on Android is very good as an app. So rather than try to sync it, David should try using the Outlook app. It's very good. Then Outlook on Android will pull from it. Is Android secure?

Should I buy the Essential Phone?

Episode 1440

Myron from Minnesota
Essential Phone

Myron is considering trading in an old iPhone 6S Plus, giving his wife his iPhone 7 Plus and going with the Essential Phone. Leo says it's a great deal because it's a flop sales-wise. It's too bad because it's a really good phone. It had an issue with a crashing camera app, but that has since been fixed along with other housekeeping fixes. Leo now says that the Essential Phone is flawless and one of the only phones running Android 8. It's also $200 off right now. It has a super fast Snapdragon processor and OLED screen with no bezel.

Why do I need to give my apps permission?

Episode 1436

Karen from San Pedro, CA
Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Karen has a Samsung Phone and Tablet and she is getting a popup in her phone that will allow her apps access to her phone data. Leo says that Android works by requiring permission to do things as she needs them. So when she's opening an app to do something, the app is requesting access in order to do what she wants it to do. That kind of behavior is OK, but if it's out of nowhere, then she's right to be suspicious.

Is the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 a good buy?

Episode 1435

Sharise from Lancaster, CA
Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Sharise wanted to get the Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition because she wouldn't be able to trade in her Note 4 for the Note 8. She kept calling, and Samsung exchanged her older Note 4 so she got half off the Galaxy Note 8. Leo says it's a great phone, but Sharise wanted the blue color. Leo says to get a blue case like an Otterbox on it, and she's all set. Though Leo likes the Spigen Clear Case so it can show through.