ben_duder

ben_duder is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. View posts and articles below. Hi! My name's Ben, and I'm proud to be one of the news writers at xda-developers. I live near London and have spent the last ten years wasting all the money I get my hands on on new gadgets with which to fulfil my technolust. I first got into HTC phones when I found a Lobster 700TV (the HTC Monet) at a very good price, and I'm ashamed to say that I couldn't have cared less about what operating system the phone was running as long as I could watch The Simpsons on the bus. As fellow Monet owners might know, the 'TV' part of the phone's alternate title was somewhat deceiving and was completely abandoned by the service providers in England. However, by then I had already fallen in love with the freedom Windows Mobile had given me. After the Monet came a Universal, with a Touch Pro following that. I've just bought a G1 (yeah, I know, get with the times!) because I'm really interested in Android as a budding operating system and don't think I could ever cope with a 'dumbphone' now that I know what's on offer. Although I haven't contributed much to the site in terms of programming or cooking help, I hope that I can give a bit back by letting you guys know what's new through my articles. If you have any questions, suggestions or complaints about those articles, feel free to get in touch with me via PM using the URL above.

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Ben Elliott · Sep 7, 2011 at 09:01 am · no comments

Fix Developed for Jaggy Sensation Navbar

It's hard to deny that the HTC Sensation is a good looking device: HTC's instantly recognisable taste in hardware styling combined with a revamped Sense interface running on a qHD resolution, 4.3" screen really make for a treat to the eyes. Yet, in some places the device doesn't seem as aesthetically polished as you might expect. XDA member and Sensation owner binarybulge was disappointed to find that the navigation bar running along the bottom of the Sense homescreen just wasn't up to...

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Ben Elliott · Sep 2, 2011 at 06:52 am · 9 comments

XDA Visits HTC’s London Event, Radar and Titan Unveiled [breaking]

Last night, HTC simultaneously unveiled two brand new Windows Phone 7 devices in different locations around the world. I was lucky enough to get myself to the London branch of the event, and despite the time I spent queuing, shuffling, listening and watching slightly tipsy nerds awkwardly do The Robot, I eventually managed to get some must-know info on the latest in HTC's WP7 range. Once ushered into Victoria House, a large yet unimposing venue set in the middle of...

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Ben Elliott · Aug 15, 2011 at 09:00 pm · 4 comments

Make your SGSII Sleeker with Lucid/Hyperdroid Theme for VillainROM and Cognition

It goes without saying that Samsung's Galaxy S II is a very handsome device. However, sometimes the aesthetics of available custom ROMs aren't to everyone's taste. To remedy this, XDA member doctorcete has released regularly updated ports of the Lucid Hyperdroid theme for the newest versions of VillainROM and Cognition for the Galaxy S II, a theme which has already become a popular alternative look amongst owners of other devices. Using these all-in-one flashable zips means you don't have to worry about...

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Ben Elliott · Aug 15, 2011 at 06:00 pm · 272 comments

Motorola Photon 4G Gets Unlocked Bootloader!

We added forums for Motorola's new Photon 4G earlier this month in the hope that it would instigate development for the device, and users were pleased to find that over the weekend a way around Moto's pesky locked bootloader had become available. Thanks to XDA member Yay 4 Juggs, it became apparent to the XDA community that by flashing an update and following some simple instructions, owners of Sprint's latest WiMAX device could flash custom ROMs to their hearts' content. Also...

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Ben Elliott · Aug 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm · 2 comments

Epic Audio Visualizer – New Live Wallpapers Added!

XDAer Metastable's Epic Audio Visualizer collection of sound-receptive live wallpapers has been enjoyed by many users since its release back in June. Correspondingly, Metastable has added several new wallpapers since, along with bugfixes and various optimisations across the wallpaper collection. Recent additions include Falling Object, Laser and Galaxy style visualisations. As with some of the stock Android live wallpapers, these have been designed to respond to changes in audio output from the device - expect to see the pattern change as...

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Ben Elliott · Aug 15, 2011 at 10:16 am · 518 comments

[BREAKING] Google Purchases Motorola Mobility

After the original Eclair-premiering Droid redeemed a failing Motorola way back in 2009, the company's dedication to the Android platform became set in stone. We've seen awe-inspiring devices such as the Droid X and the Atrix along with more forgettable entries to the canon of the little green robot, including the Backflip and the Devour. Yet, barring the original Droid, Motorola's smartphones have been plagued with issues including an unworkable UI (MotoBlur), oft-delayed updates and, perhaps most annoyingly in the...

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Ben Elliott · Aug 14, 2011 at 12:00 pm · 230 comments

Follow the Creation of a Live Wallpaper

Metastable, creator of the Epic Audio Visualizer live wallpaper collection, has recently decided to share some of the knowledge behind the developer's ingenious creations through a thread in which the steps of creating a new live wallpaper are detailed. While designing and creating a live wallpaper reproduction of Canadian musician Deadmau5's current concert set, Metastable thought the XDA community would be interested to know what really goes into masterminding an example of one of the most popular cosmetic features of...

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Ben Elliott · Aug 14, 2011 at 07:03 am · no comments

Fix Found for Samsung Wave Camera Problem

Upon flashing new firmware to their Bada-running Samsung devices, some users were disappointed to find that their cameras would no longer work at all. Luckily, however, user bangalorerohan has found a method that seems to fix this problem completely. Using an application called sTunes to re-flash the original drivers for the Samsung Wave's camera, it appears that it is possible to regain full use of the feature. Users have reported that it may work with both the Wave I and II although...

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Ben Elliott · Aug 14, 2011 at 12:00 am · 399 comments

Feeling Helpful? Dark Forces Team need Translators for Windows Phone 7 Camera App

The Dark Forces Team has become world-famous for their work in allowing multiple operating systems to be installed on the HTC HD2 and, more recently, for releasing custom Windows 7 Mango ROMs for HTC's first-generation WP7 devices. If you appreciate their work and would love to find a way to give something back (without necessarily knowing anything about development), now may be your chance. Over in the Windows Phone 7 development section, XDA member mwang has created a thread asking for the...

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Ben Elliott · Aug 8, 2011 at 12:00 am · no comments

The Weekly Q&A: Week 46

In this regular XDA feature, the news writer team scours the forums to find five questions and answers which may be of use to you, or may simply provide an interesting read. Q'I don't understand what is different between Clockworkmod Recovery 150MB, 250MB and 400MB? If I flash a 400MB recovery can I install a ROM that requires 150MB? If I flash a 150MB can I install a ROM that requires 400MB recovery? ' AThe size speaks for itself. Some...

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Ben Elliott · May 9, 2011 at 09:00 pm · 209 comments

XDA TV Official Podcast (and Windows App) Available Now!

Can't get enough of XDA TV since its introduction earlier this year, or find yourself missing episodes and wishing there was an easier way to keep track of the latest upload from your favourite presenter? XDA member meltwater has been working hard on a solution, and it just might be what you're looking for. For those looking for a more convenient way to find out when a new episode of XDA TV is available, an official podcast has been set up,...

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Ben Elliott · May 9, 2011 at 06:00 am · 11 comments

Reject Calls Quickly With Root Call Blocker for Android

Sometimes you're in a mood when you really don't want to be bothered by pesky unknown callers (or for some, even known ones) and tapping the reject call button once the phone starts ringing just isn't enough. XDA member ftgg99 has come up with a solution in the form of his Root Call Blocker app for Android. The developer claims his app to be the only one with which you can block calls before the phone actually begins to ring, at...

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Ben Elliott · May 2, 2011 at 03:00 am · 251 comments

LG G2x and Optimus 2x Say Hello to CyanogenMod 7

Due to it being T-Mobile's latest flagship device, it comes as no surprise to learn that the powerful LG G2x and its world-travelling cousin, the Optimus 2x, have been given their first official builds of the most popular custom ROM on Earth: CyanogenMod. Nightly builds popped up for both the P990 (Optimus 2x) and the P999 (G2x) earlier today. Although they are official releases from the CyanogenMod team, as opposed to ports by other developers, the fact that these are...

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Ben Elliott · May 1, 2011 at 06:00 am · 1 comment

HTC Flyer ROM on Galaxy Tab – Can We Do It?

Despite not being based on tablet-optimised Honeycomb, the ROM for the upcoming HTC Flyer tablet has attracted considerable attention due to the integration of a refreshed version of the HTC Sense interface, along with many other useful features. Over on the Samsung Galaxy Tab forums, several users have come together with the intention of garnering enough developmental attention for a port of the Flyer's Gingerbread-based ROM to the older device. Although they don't expect it to be an easy task,...

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Ben Elliott · Apr 30, 2011 at 12:00 am · no comments

SD Maid Cleaning Tool Receives Major Update

SD Maid is a handy tool created by XDA member Dark3n, which cleans up useless files left behind on the SD card by apps after they've been uninstalled. Its current features include the ability to find and delete incomplete downloads, temporary files, and other detritus that clogs up your storage but can be frustratingly difficult to find and delete yourself. Since we last wrote about the application, its developer has added a plethora of new features worth noting. First, it...

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