Posts From Jake Westall

Jake Westall
Jake Westall

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.

Samsung Already Did it: For Better or Worse, Samsung-led Innovation and Trendsetting helped Shape Android

Samsung is one of the world's biggest smartphone brands, and part of what made them the tech giant they are today is their ability to convert unorthodox features into seemingly useful additions, even if it takes them multiple tries, and multiple failures. The Korean Company couldn’t make their features and name stick if they didn’t sell...

ZTE Introduces ZMax Pro — 6-inch 1080p, Snapdragon 617, 3,400mAh Battery for $99

Today, ZTE announced a competitor for the highest spec’d smartphone for less than $100. They unveiled the ZMax Pro for Metro PCS, a phablet with a 6-inch, 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor with 2GB of RAM, 13-megapixel rear camera, USB Type-C port, a sizable 3,400 mAh battery, and fingerprint scanner. Specs like this can currently...

ZTE Employee Hints at Unlocked Bootloader on Axon 7

One important aspect of how many users decide to buy a phone is whether or not they can root it or flash ROMs. Many users, myself included, hold the ability to root in high regards, and almost find no interest in phones if they are not able to be rooted. A recent phone making buzz is the...

LG’s Identity Crisis and the Random Walking of its Product Design

If there’s one thing LG is known for, it’s that they do not like to meticulously follow the trends set by other popular smartphone lines. The company has been producing some rather unique gadgets, ranging from the LG G Flex Line, the recent LG V10, their dabble into the smartwatch category, to the now-modular G...

It’s Time to Get Paranoid, because AOSPA is Back

Back in my Galaxy Nexus days, there was only one Custom ROM I ever found myself fully satisfied with. That ROM was none other than Paranoid Android. The ROM brought unique features most other ROMs lacked, providing an amazing user experience.Earlier today, the team responsible for this classic of the custom ROM scene made a...

Stock isn’t Going Anywhere: On the Nexus Identity and Why Stock Android is a Useful Label

At this year's Code Conference, Google CEO Sundar Pichai spoke with Walt Mossberg about a few topics, including the company's own Nexus Phones. During the conference, Sundar mentioned that Google will be ‘more opinionated’ with how they look at Nexus Phones. Some news outlets have taken this as meaning that Google will no longer be shipping...

Xperia X Shows Overheating while Video Recording, Cannot Record 4K Video

A few days ago, YouTube user Damir Franc uploaded a video showing a huge problem with the camera on his Sony Xperia X unit. In the video Damir has his X next to a Galaxy S7, both recording at 1080p at full screen brightness. Less than 4 minutes into the recording, the Xperia X notified Damir and the...

Recent MotoMod Leak Gives Us a Look Into the Future of Modular Phones

It appears modularity is in this season, folks. When the Phonebloks concept was released a few years ago, it made a tremendous impact about how we look at phones and their upgrade process. Not long after, Google and Motorola took over the Phonebloks idea and announced Project Ara, their take on a modular smartphone. After the...