Mobile Phones

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

Is Google's VPN secure?

Episode 1358

Mark from Grand Rapids, MI
Google Pixel and Pixel XL

Mark finally got a Google Pixel XL, which was on back order. Leo says it's been widely known that they're only available in limited quantities right now. It's likely that the demand exceeded Google's expectation. Mark says he likes the Wi-Fi assistant because it'll automatically connect via VPN. Does it really work? Leo says yes. Phones can be a bit promiscuous with random hotspots. So Google adds an encrypted connection via VPN to protect users. Leo says he doesn't really like joining Wi-Fi access points automatically, so he's turned it off.

Will the latest version of iOS sync with my Mac running OS X Snow Leopard?

Episode 1358

Mark from Temecula, CA
Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Mark hasn't updated his iPhone because he's worried that doing so will prevent him from syncing with iTunes on his old MacBook. Where can he go to see what updates will support what versions of OS X? iOS 10 requires iTunes 12.5.1 to sync, so Mark is probably not going to want to update it. What version will work on Snow Leopard? Leo says that Mark can probably use the new version of iTunes on Snow Leopard, but this is worth verifying before he does anything.

How can I pair my phone with my car?

Episode 1358

Terry from Orange, CA
Android Auto

Terry wants to pair his car with his Android phone, but he's wondering how he can unlock his phone when he's driving. Leo says that starting with version 5, Android will automatically pair with the car as a trusted device and unlock the phone, putting it into "Auto Mode." What if it doesn't recognize it as a trusted device? Leo says he should be able to add it in settings under "Smart Lock." He'll need to be paired to do it.

What phone carrier is best for tethering?

Episode 1357

Mike from El Segundo, CA
Samsung Galaxy S7

Mike got a Samsung Galaxy S7 and he's concerned about the same battery issues happening to the S7 that happened to the Note 7. Leo says that's not a concern as it's a completely different design. We have no one to blame but ourselves since we're always demanding a thinner phone. Leo would rather have a thicker phone and better battery life.

Mike's Galaxy S7 has cracked twice. What case should he get? Leo says that it really doesn't matter if he's clumsy. Leo doesn't even use a case.

How can I get notification badges on Android similar to iOS?

Episode 1356

Nate from Diamond Bar, CA
TeslaUnread

Nate wants to know if there's a better notification system for messages in Android that can put notifications on apps like the iPhone. Leo says that there are third party launchers that can do that and one of the benefits of Android is that he can change his launcher if he doesn't like it. Leo recommends Nova Launcher. He'll also need TeslaUnread, which is a plugin that will add the notification badges.

Is a phone powerful enough now to run like a desktop?

Episode 1356

Michael from San Diego, CA
Qualcomm Snapdragon

Tom says that new computers will use mobile phone processors that are so powerful, that it'll be possible to undock a computer and move from terminal to terminal. Leo says that is going to be a new trend, enabling users to move data and files along with the processor. It'll be interesting to see if it catches on.

How about fingerprint readers? Leo says that everyone is getting into that, and Qualcomm is creating their own called "Snapdragon Sense." Now we're seeing that Apple is suing Qualcomm over charging royalties for patents they don't own.

Changing of the Twitters: Trump Moves to @POTUS

Episode 1356

@POTUS Twitter Account

Now that President Donald Trump has taken office, the question is whether he will continue to tweet, and what phone will he use? Leo says that he used an iPhone until halfway through the campaign, and then shifted to what Leo thinks is a Samsung Galaxy S. Now that he's president, he has to use a massively modified and far more secure mobile device. But can he tweet with it? The Secret Service has also urged the President to stop tweeting from his @realdonaldtrump account. Although Leo says he did tweet from it earlier today. Like Obama, Trump uses his phone for news and social outreach.

Should I buy an iPhone 7?

Episode 1355

Carrie from Hisperia, CA
Apple iPhone 7

Carrie has an iPhone 6 and she's thinking of getting an iPhone 7. Leo says that the 10th anniversary phone is right around the corner, the iPhone 7S, unless they change the name of it, which Leo doubts. Will they bring back the headphone jack? Leo says no. She'll probably never see that feature again. So there's no real hurry to upgrade.