News is out that the 16GB version of the Samsung Galaxy SV is so filled with software pre-loaded by Samsung that it only has 8GB of usable space on it. Leo thought that Samsung was going to have to offer a Google Play edition like they did with the Galaxy SIV, and that they would be moving the other way. That apparently isn't the case, however.
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.
Michele is thinking about getting the Samsung Galaxy Note III as her next Android phone. Leo says he loves his Note III, but Samsung has junked up the Note and other phones with a bunch of bloatware. That may not bother her, though. It's certainly worth heading over to her wireless store to try it out.
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 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.
Asher's parents are getting a new TV and he gets to choose what he wants. There's not a lot of TVs to choose from, however. He's looking at the LG 55" 120Hz 3D LED Smart TV for $1200. Leo says that's a good TV. He also adds that the 120Hz isn't all that important: in fact, it can create a "plastic" look. It's still a good choice, though.
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.
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.
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.