How I fixed the lag issue on my Nexus 5x

If you Google Nexus 5x lag, you will see many users complaining about lag on the Nexus 5x. If you follow the threads, some people will complain about lag. Others will say they've experienced no lag. Some seem to think it has to do with faulty units (vs. non-faulty units). Others seem to think it […]

Manually installing an OTA update for the Nexus 5x

In theory, your device should automatically check for an OTA (over-the-air) update, download it in the background, and then prompt you to install the update. No matter how much I manually checked, my device kept insisting it was up to date (I know Google likes to do staggered automatic rollouts, but it's just annoying when […]

My Top 10 Android App Recommendations

Why this list? There is no shortage of lists of top Android apps. Most tech blogs / online magazines have one every year. You can find these listicles pretty much anywhere. If you want to see a bunch of generic lists, try this Google search. I've been an Android user since 2009, and I've had […]

Nexus 5x: Second Impressions

Here's a follow-up to last week's Nexus 5x: First Impressions post. What I've liked so far Basically, it's all the same stuff that impressed me at first—mainly the camera and the fingerprint sensor. What's bothered me so far While this list may look long, it doesn't mean I'm not enjoying using the phone, but I […]

Installing a custom rom on an unlocked Moto X 2013

I've been rooting and installing custom roms on Android phones since 2009. In general, it's been a fairly standard procedure. With the Moto X 2013 (and this may apply to the 2014 as well—I don't know—I can vouch only for the 2013), the procedure is slightly different. Unlock bootloader Get Motorola's fastboot Get TWRP Get […]

Do non-Nexus, non-rooted Android users really have no choice?

I get where the ACLU is coming from, but I don't know if I agree that the customers didn't know what they were getting into and now have no recourse: ACLU Seeks Carrier Smackdown Over Android UpdatesMaybe back in 2009 or 2010, they could have made a good case. Back then, consumers didn't know that […]