Posts From Ben Elliott

Ben Elliott
Ben Elliott

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.

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...

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...

[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....

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....

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...

Keep Things Simple with AndroidControl for PCs

When modifying the software of our devices, it can become a little tiresome to constantly switch programs in order to find the right tool. For this reason, XDA forum member nickiberli took the time to create an easy-to-use .exe with a tidy GUI and access to all of the functions you should need, all in one...

Android 2.3.4 About to Roll Out to Nexus S, Available for Download Now

The release of a new version of the Android operating system brings with it a new base on which to find cutting-edge ROMs for almost all devices. Gingerbread 2.3.4 is the latest to be announced - an incremental update, which will of course first be rolled out over the air to Google's flagship Nexus S...

Acer Iconia Tab A500 Rooted!

Merely days after its release earlier this month, Acer's Iconia A500 Android Honeycomb tablet has been rooted! The tablet, which features a unique Acer UI skin, front and back facing cameras, and a 1GHz dual-core Tegra2 processor, will now allow superuser permissions as a result of some clever work from XDA member monki-magic (original post...

New Gingerbread Update for Samsung Galaxy S Leaks, Available to Download Now!

Yup, despite Sammy's apparent inability to roll out Froyo updates on time, download links have popped up all over the internet this week, which provide access to a leaked official Gingerbread update to the I9000 model of its Galaxy S family.This may not be the first Gingerbread update to have been leaked for the device...

Will My Phone Get Gingerbread? A (Very) Rough Guide to Official Updates

We all know that, for a lot of existing Android phones, ports of Gingerbread are readily available in the form of unofficial ROMs such as CyanogenMod 7. However, there are many who are reluctant to root their phones and would rather wait and see if their device will be receiving an official update from the...

Install Multiple APKs with AUTO-APK Installer

Installing several apps in one go can be quite a daunting task if you have to go through the installation process with each one manually. For this reason, XDA member Stickman89 has developed a very useful tool, AUTO-APK Installer, which is capable of carrying out the installations of batches of APKs without requiring any further input...

Control your PS3 with BlueputDroid for Android

While the PlayStation 3's integrated Bluetooth radio is great for connecting controllers and headsets, it also allows for control using an Android device if the drivers have been created. Using XDA member berserker_devel's BlueputDroid application, which is currently available in the Market as a free public beta, it is possible to establish a connection between your...