Samsung

Google Sells Motorola to Lenovo

Episode 1053

Motorola

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.

How can I view and sort my photos with a tablet?

Episode 1048

Jim from Walnut Creek, CA
Google Nexus 7

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.

How can I get Samsung's S Voice to work better? (Part 1)

Episode 1043

Lily from Oceanside, CA
Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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.

Why can't my laptop see my phones?

Allie from Orange, CA

Episode 1037

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.

Would you recommend the Samsung Chromebook?

Episode 1035

Rene from Burbank, CA
Samsung Chromebook

Rene is interested in the Samsung Chromebook, but is wondering what Leo thinks of it. Leo says that they're pretty good, but there's little in the way of software or storage. All work lives in the cloud. The browser is the Chrome OS and that's what she would work on. For most cases, it's fine as she can rely on Google apps. If she wants to do more, though, then it'll be lacking. There's very little she can do offline.

Why are HP Chromebooks being recalled?

Scott from North Edwards, CA

Episode 1031

Scott has heard that Chromebooks are being recalled. Leo says that the recall is applicable to the HP Chromebook, and it has to do with a potentially faulty power supply. So, just to be safe, HP is recalling them. This stuff happens and often it's just a precaution. Leo says that if he's going to get another one, avoid the Google brand because they are more expensive. The Acer and Samsung Chromebooks are a good deal.

What app should I use to backup my unrooted Android phone? (Part 2)

Will from Springfield, IL

Episode 1030

Will also wants to know what backup app would be good for an Android phone that isn't rooted. Leo suggests Helium App Sync and Backup from Clockwork Mod. He can get it free from the Google Play store.

Scott had the same issue and it turned out to be the battery that was causing the issue. Swapping out batteries may solve it.

What are the pro's and con's of the Galaxy Note 3?

Jim from

Episode 1024

Jim went to Europe and used his Samsung Galaxy Note as his sole computer option. He used it for backing up the photos he took and then uploaded them to the cloud. Leo says that's a great idea. He wants to get a Note 3 but he's heard some bad things about it. Leo says that the Note 3 has some great features. First it's bigger in screen size, but thinner and actually smaller than the Note 2 because of the smaller bezel. The OLED does have very accurate color.