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Can I Turn an Old Netgear Streaming Box Into Android TV?

Episode 1697

Joselyn from California

Joselyn has a Netgear Streaming box and it's no longer supported. Can he turn it into an AndroidTV box? Leo says that it would be a great idea if he could do it. Leo says if anyone would know how to do it, it would be XDA Developers Forums. It's called "rooting," and you go there and input the box's model number into the forum search and see if anyone has done it. He'll have to modify or unlock the bootloader and then find a ROM firmware that can do it. 

Can I Root an Amazon Fire tablet?

 Amazon Fire tablet

Episode 1606

John from San Diego, CA

John got an Amazon Fire Tablet and he'd love to wipe it clean to get rid of having to go into Amazon for everything. Leo says one thing he can do is put the Google Play store on it. Once done, everything else on Android is available. Leo says he stopped using the FireTV because it was all about Amazon as well. He could maybe "root" the tablet in order to make it Android only.

How can I Jailbreak an Android Phone?

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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.

How can I get my phone unlocked?

Person using smartphone

Episode 1460

Rob from Los Angeles, CA

Rob has an old Android phone and he doesn't like his carrier. Can he unlock it and go with another carrier? Leo says he should as long as his account is in good standing. Even if he's no longer a customer, they should still do it for him. He should just call and ask them politely. He should not pay to unlock a phone, though. If he has to, Rob should go to XDA-Developers.org and look in there for instructions.

How can I use an old Nook tablet to watch movies?

Barnes and Noble NOOK Tablet 7"

Episode 1459

Steve from Denver, CO

Steve was given a Barnes and Noble Nook reader. Can he watch movies on it? Leo says that the Nook had very limited space and used a proprietary format, but he may be able to hack it to give it more options, including watching the movies he wants. He should head over to XDA-Developers to see how to "root" the Nook. His real problem, though, is copy protection. The Nook only supports movies with Cinema Now DRM. But that's part of the fun of hacking old technology like a Nook.

How can I fix my Android phone?

Samsung Note 4

Episode 1414

Jerry from Santa Clarita, CA

Jerry wants to get his Samsung Note 4 mobile device repaired. It keeps booting. Leo says that mobile devices are now generally considered disposable. Leo says to try refreshing the phone. To do this, he should go to Settings > Backup and Reset > Restore to Factory Defaults. If that doesn't work, then he could try calling Samsung and ask if they would repair it. They'll really want him to buy a new phone, though.

How can I get the latest update for my Android phone?

Update via ADB Android 4.2

Episode 1363

Tim from Diana, TX

Tim wants to know why he's not getting his phone updated. Leo says that since Tim is a subscriber of Straight Talk, it's likely that they aren't sending out all the official updates. Leo advises talking to Straight Talk about when he can expect the next update for his phone.

The only other option is to root it and install it himself, but that's not for everyone. He can find out how to do it at XDA Developer Forums. He'll have to follow the directions to the letter or he'll end up bricking his phone.