Mobile Phones

iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, or feature phones.

Why doesn't Uber know where I'm at?

Episode 1417

George from Santa Monica, CA
Uber for iOS

George uses his iPad to call Uber, but they don't know where to pick him up. Leo says that's because the iPad doesn't have GPS. The app just has to ask for the address of where he is in order to find him. With a mobile phone, they would have his coordinates in the app. Without GPS, the app has to use other means to find his general location, usually it uses "WiFi triangulation," and that's not always very accurate. The app puts a pin where he is, and if it's using WiFi triangulation, the pin just goes close to where he is. The good news is he can move the pin in the app.

Should I buy Apple Stock?

Episode 1416

Joe from El Monte, CA
Stocks

Joe wants to know if he should buy Apple stock. Leo says he's the worst person to ask because 1) he doesn't buy tech stock to keep himself unbiased, and 2) he isn't an expert on stock and what to buy. Apple stock is high to begin with and what Apple is really into now is services, not really hardware. They're moving away from computers, too. Take away the iPhone, and Apple is in trouble.

How do I get updates to an unlocked mobile phone?

Episode 1416

Roger from Coosbay, OR
Samsung Galaxy S7

Roger has an old Samsung Galaxy S7, which is now unlocked and carrier free. How will he get updates now? Leo says that he should still get updates from it, but in many cases they come through WiFi and not over the air. So if he's attached to WiFi with it, he should get the update directly from Samsung. That's how Apple does it, but he'll need to talk to his existing carrier to find out.

Google to Release Android O

Episode 1414

Google is announcing Android O Monday, and we'll find out what the "O" stands for. Usually it's dessert names, and it's hard to imagine it would be anything other than Oreo. That is a brand name, however, so Google would have to get permission to use it.

Android O will bring some new features, and many users will not get it. One of the biggest problems with Android right now is that companies who make Android phones and carriers that sell them are slow to update, if ever. The only people who will get it right away are Google Pixel owners, or those who have Nexus phones.

Will there be an easter egg for the eclipse on the iPhone?

Episode 1415

Bob from Fairfield, CA
Apple iPhone 7

Bob wonders if the iPhone will have an eclipse easter egg. He had an Apple Newton during the last eclipse and the Newton had a little animation for it. Leo remembers that in the Newton, but he's guessing that Apple hasn't done that in the iPhone. It would be fun if it did. There are some easter eggs in iOS, though, which can be found here.

Can I get my photos back from a restored iPhone?

Episode 1415

Joe from Garden Grove, CA
Apple iPhones

Joe hasn't backed up his iPhone in years because his iCloud is full and he doesn't want to pay for more storage. He finally got around to plugging his phone in using iTunes and he thought he had chosen to back up the iPhone, but instead, he restored his iPhone backup and lost everything. Can he reverse the damage? Leo says probably not. This isn't Joe's fault — it's Apple's because iTunes is awful and it shouldn't offer to restore a phone before backing it up. That's bad behavior. There is a ray of hope that iTunes backed it up. Leo suggests trying to restore the phone again.