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.
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.
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.
Bill and his wife's Gmail accounts have apparently been mixed up. Somehow, his wife seems to be the account holder on his phone. Leo says at some point, it is possible that Bill's account content was moved to his wife's. Navigate to Google Account Settings, and check which face and email address are being displayed.
Cotton has mostly Apple-based gear at his company, but when he's doing apps he needs an Android device to test and monitor. What should he get? Leo says that Cotton should get a Motorola Moto G6, but don't buy it from Amazon as it'll be filled with bloatware.
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.
Dave wants to know how to stream from Android to his TV. Leo recommends a Google casting device, like the chromecast. It plugs into the back of the TV and any enabled device can be cast to the TV once Dave taps the chromecast logo. Leo says the device uses a handoff mechanism to achieve what it does.
Dave needs to know how to stream from his Android phone to his TV. Leo says that the Google Chromecast is the easiest way. And it's $35 for the HD version, $70 for 4K. It's built for Android. A very cool concept.
Doug got a Moto Plus, but realized it doesn't use NFC. Leo says that's because Motorola is strange with its naming conventions. What's NFC good for? Leo says it's an interesting technology designed for passwords, touch to pay, etc
Gary has an older Motorola Moto X and he has to root the phone to install Android 9. Is it secure? Leo says yes, all it really means is that you're an administrator. And Google is fine with it. But remember, once you root, you can be your own worst enemy and cause problems. But if you're smart enough to root it, then you're fine. To know how, go to XDADevelopers.org.