Android

What's a Good Phone for Chromecast?

Motorola

Episode 1571

Ken from Merced, CA

Ken has Android and he's having issues with Chromecast. Leo says that Ken's smartphone is fairly old, running Android 4.3 (too old for Chromecast compatibility). So he'll need to get a newer device under his budget of $300. Leo says that his current favourite budget smartphone is the Motorola Moto G6. He can get them unlocked directly from Motorola for under $200. Google Fi is selling the G6 for $99.

How can I Jailbreak an Android Phone?

xda

Episode 1570

Mike from Los Angeles, CA

Mike wants to know how to jailbreak his Android phone. Leo says that jailbreaking is for the iPhone and it's not recommended because it exploits known security flaws, which is dangerous. The Android phone equivalent is "rooting" which enables administrator access. This allows one to put other firmware on there. But the Samsung Galaxy mobile phones are very difficult to root because Samsung doesn't want users to. But if users go to XDA Developers and input the exact model of their phone, they can find out how to do it.

Did I get a Good Deal on my Mobile Phone?

Galaxy

Episode 1570

David from Los Angeles, CA

David is getting his first smartphone, and is buying a Samsung Galaxy J3 V. Leo says that while technically, it's a smartphone, it's one of the lower end ones. It only has 16GB storage, for instance, which isn't much when you consider the room being eaten up by the operating system. It's also probably not up to date with the OS either. Look to see if the system is updated in the settings. Leo says to get it updated as much as he can. If it has support for microSD cards, then he can add extra storage for music and pictures.

How can I keep my music safe on my phone?

Samsung

Episode 1568

Diane from California

Diane is worried that if she has to reinstall the Samsung music player on her Android phone, that she'll lose all 4000 of her songs. Leo says that Android is designed to have music in a single folder accessible by any music app. So she should just use a different app. Leo likes Doubletwist. Can she back it up to her laptop? Leo says DEFINITELY YES! Before she does anything else, she should plug in her phone and drag those songs over to a computer or a backup hard drive. It would also be a good idea to backup her phone to the cloud.