Posts From Jake Westall

Jake Westall
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I'm a senior mechanical engineering major, a dad, a star wars fanatic, and I play drums and a bit of bass. If you would like to know more about me feel free to ask.

Xiaomi Mi A1 Android Oreo Kernel Source Code Released

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is an Android One device that initially launched with Android 7.1 Nougat. The Mi A1 is the first Android One device that has been available to every market worldwide, as opposed to previous generations that were only available in locally based markets. Based on Xiaomi’s Mi 5X, the A1 is a...

Telus Announces Essential Phone Availability for Canada

The founder of the Android Operating System, Andy Rubin, has been making plenty of headlines in the past few weeks with his latest ventures, which come in the form of the company Essential Products, which set up operations back in November of 2015. The company is releasing a couple of new products, with their main...

FCC Documents Reveal a Look at a SHIELD Portable Refresh

3 years ago, NVIDIA introduced a tablet that re-imagined portable gaming. That tablet was the NVIDIA SHIELD Portable. While considered small for a tablet (with a screen size of 5 inches), it came with a full sized console controller attached. Unfortunately, it was prohibitively expensive for many consumers and suffered from a severe drought of game selection,...

Android 7.0 Compatibility Document Released with Plenty of Interesting Changes

Earlier today, The updated Android 7.0 Compatibility Document was released. This document gives an outline to OEMs about what they can and should not change when creating android for their devices. It includes guidelines for Android Auto, Android TV, Wear, and for Phones and Tablets proper. In the latest update, quite a bit has changed, and Reddit user...

Exploring Assistant, A New Voice Interface with Familiar Problems and a Bright Future

A staple of sci-fi movies and games is the inclusion of an intelligent robot that receives and executes commands with ease. As we move deeper into the 21st century, the lovable AI personalities we see on TV and in games are slowly making their way into real life in the form of our mobile assistants.. Mobile assistant...

Opinion: The LG V20 Offers One of the Best Year-on-Year Improvements of 2016

On September 6, LG unveiled their latest flagship device, the V20. A few months back we wrote about the V20, discussing how important this device is for LG. Given LG’s declining sales and increasingly lackluster offerings, many were hoping LG would provide a solid flagship option with this device. Now that the V20 has been officially...

Stepping into Programming & Android Development: Can Online Courses Cut it?

Android is a wonderful platform: the sheer flexibility of the mobile OS is the main reason we all choose to use it instead of its competitors. Because Android is so flexible, it leaves plenty of room for developers to create a wide number of applications and services. As a lover of all things Android, I have...

Comparing Battery Life with and Without Google Services: A Week of Minimal Idle Drain

It's no secret that battery life on smartphones these days are not the best. Most will consider it mostly a hardware issue, seeing companies trading battery size for aesthetic design. But that's not the entire reason, with a large part being attributed to the software used on our phones. In the XDA Virtual Office, many of...

What You Pay For: A List of What Lets the Note 7 Get Away with its Price

The most anticipated phone of the year is here, and its cost is equal to about 2 months worth of my rent. The Samsung Galaxy Note 6 7 was unveiled on August 2, 2016 and is going for an unlocked price of $850. With the recent surge of “affordable flagships” brought by smaller companies, some consumers...

LG V20 Details Leak on Reddit, Includes Pricing and Preorder Information for T-mobile

LG’s has been in a rough spot as of late. We outlined how their next flagship, the LG V20, can really help the company come up from the decline in sales they are facing. Yesterday, a redditor by the username Jordanpeterson234512 posted on the T-mobile subreddit regarding some inside information he had about the release of...

The LG V20 is an Important Device for LG, and They Don’t Have Room to Fall Short Again

Last month, we did a report on the walking of LG's product design and how it’s been hurting them in sales. The main takeaway from this analysis is that LG is struggling to hit their stride in product design, and have yet to stick to one design for more than one or two device generations. In the midst...

Xiaomi Mi4i Explodes While in Use at an Office

Last week, Xiaomi user ‎Ajay Raj Negi‎ posted to the Mi Mobile Facebook page about his phone exploding while in use. The incident happened on July 16, 2016 while he was in his office around his other co workers. Attached to his Facebook post is a video of the phone exploding. During the video, you can...
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