Android Authority Q & A – July 17, 2013

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Welcome to another installment of Android Authority Q & A. Each week we take questions from you, our wonderful readers and viewers, and answer them both here and in video form.

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Q:

David asks: Is there way to run Jelly Bean on the Samsung Galaxy 3 (aka. the 580)?

A:

As long as you don’t mind using a custom ROM, then yes there are plenty of ways actually. I’d suggest heading over to XDA Developers and looking in the Android Development forum for the Galaxy 3. There are quite a few options, so look around and take your time making a choice


Q:

Maris says: Hi Kris, I just read that the HTC One is now HTC Pro certified. What does this mean for HTC One users?

HTC One Review

A:

HTC Pro certification is basically HTC’s way of saying that a company can buy a fleet of HTC Ones for their employees and that they’ll work as intended. That’s why the HTC Pro web site has a bunch of photos of guys in suits. Basically, for an individual user, this doesn’t mean a lot, but for businesses, it’s important.


Q:

Jake asks: Is there any way to completely turn off a phone without a removeable battery? For example, if it freezes?

A:

Yes, just hold down the power button and keep holding it down. It might take a while, but eventually the device should shut off.


Q:

John says: Hello, I recently read your article about the changes to the Sprint TOS and how this can get you out of your contract with Sprint, and I wanted to ask: does this pertain only to WiMAX devices, or all devices?

sprint changes tos

A:

Sprint has basically said that in their opinion the changes aren’t significant enough to just let anybody out of their contract no questions asked. That said, they have said that customers are free to discuss issues, including those related to their service, with Sprint. I’d say give it a try. It can’t hurt to ask.


Q:

Helgi James says: Hi, I have a phone that’s 2 years old and newer apps don’t work on it. Will this be fixed or should I get a new phone. If so, do you recommend anything?

A:

Well, without knowing what phone you have, it’s difficult to definitively say whether or not you’ll be getting an update, but generally with a device that old, you’re getting to the point where you probably won’t see updates anymore. I’d suggest it might be time to move on. When it comes to recommendations, that’s tough because there are so many good phones out there. I say decide what you want to spend and then just look at a bunch of reviews. By the way, Android Authority has a ton of those.


Q:

Valentine says: This might sound stupid, but do you think that the LG G2, what we’ve seen leaked anyway, might be the Nexus 5?

LG Optimus G2 leak

A:

It’s definitely possible, even likely. Last week we reported that a Korean website was saying that a Nexus 5, based on the LG G2 and running Android 5 Key Lime Pie could be coming in October. Rumors are always iffy, so I’m making no promises, but stranger things have happened.


Q:

Giovanni says: I have a Galaxy S4 and its memory is almost full. How can I transfer my music, photos and apps to my SD card?

A:

Moving your photos and music to the SD card is fairly easy. Just track down the files you want to move and copy and paste them to the SD card. For apps, just go into the Application manager in settings, select an app, and choose “Move to SD card.” Just a quick note: this requires the most recent software update for the S4, and some apps won’t allow you to move them to the SD card no matter what. Still, this should help you free up some storage


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