Michael has a Samsung Galaxy S4 and is looking to upgrade. He wants a phone that isn't made in China and doesn't have a lot of junk on it. Leo says that not being made in China is the challenge, although Samsung's phones are made in South Korea. There are many good mid-range phones at the $500 level. Google's Pixel 4a is an excellent, "clean" phone with no extra stuff. But it is made in China. But at $349, you can't beat the price.
Kevin wants to know if RemotePC (a sponsor of The Tech Guy radio show) works with maintaining his mother's mobile device? It's a Samsung Galaxy 5. Leo says that RemotePC wouldn't work from PC to Android. Samsung has Kies, which could possibly work, but going Android to Android is a difficult proposition.
However, the chatroom says that RemotePC can work, as would Team Viewer, and possibly AirDroid.
Adam from Ontario, Canada, also says that Team Viewer will let you remotely access another person's phone to fix it. He's done that with his mom's phone.
If you are typing notes on your phone while at work or AFK, you may want to see those notes on your desktop computer once you get back in the chair. You will need to use a program like Microsoft's OneNote or Google Keep, which syncs to the cloud and therefore your internet-connected PC. Google Keep is like a sticky-note application that allows you to access your notes from most devices. It can make a to-do list, remind you at the right time/place, organize things by colors, and transcribe voice memos. Very helpful for grocery lists too!
The camera in Google's new Pixel 5 now offers in-camera facial retouching in real-time. But Leo says users can turn the feature off, and that's important because people shouldn't be caught up in the Instagram quest for perfection.
Jim has a ZTE cellphone and it's running out of storage space. He's tried uninstalling apps, but he gets warned that it could cause problems. Leo says he'll always get that warning, but that doesn't always mean it'll happen. Leo recommends doing a Factory Reset first. That'll clean things up. Then carefully reinstall only the apps you need.
This week, Leo returned the Microsoft Surface Duo folding phone because while he liked the hardware, he thought the software wasn't ready for prime time yet, as a daily driver. So, instead, he picked up the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2. Leo was pleasantly surprised. It actually has three screens. One in the folded position, and then when you unfold it, there are two screens on the inside. Leo says you can see the fold, and it's kinda worrisome, but after a while, the crease simply disappears and all you see is a huge tablet size screen.
Leo got the Microsoft Surface Duo Android device this week, the first Android phone that Microsoft has ever produced. The oversized "phablet," has dual screens and opens up like a paperback book. Both screens can work in concert or independently, and Leo says with the Kindle App, it's the best digital reading experience he's ever had. It has also given him all-day battery life, so it's quite usable.
But the Duo has its buggy issues. It can crash and freeze up, forcing one to reboot. Microsoft has pushed out an update, but it hasn't really helped. It also has a terrible camera.
Paul discovered recently that his Motorola Moto G hasn't been updated since 2019. Leo says that is because Motorola only promises three years of updates. Even if the phone is working fine, without being updated, it becomes a security issue. Carl bought a new Google Pixel 4a and wants to know how easy it is to transfer everything? Leo says it's very easy, it'll be in the settings. But there are a few things you'll want to ensure. For example, turn on your Google Photos backup. Also make sure your music is backed up online.
Gary created a series of Google Action Blocks on his phone. But when he transferred them to his new phone, the blocks got blanked and don't work anymore. What gives? Leo says that they run with the Google Assistant and it could be that the Assistant is a blank slate on the new phone. Look in the Google Action Blocks app and see if they're there. Leo adds it sounds like a flaw in this new feature. They should also be backed up by Google if your backup feature is enabled.
Phil did an update from his Samsung mobile phone recently and now he has to reboot his phone to make his GPS work in the maps app. Should he avoid the next update? Leo says that the August update is coming and it's important to keep your phone up to date, But in reality, it probably isn't the updates. Leo recommends uninstalling Google Maps and then reinstall it. Before that, try clearing the cache in the app settings. That'll get rid of any corrupted GPS data that could be causing the issue. Leo suspects that's the issue. If that doesn't work, reinstall Google Maps.