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.

Android Honeycomb Ported to the Nexus One!

It's only been weeks since the official announcement of Honeycomb, the latest edition of Android, and we've already seen developers here at XDA manage to run it on existing devices. However, its recent port to Google's Nexus One is probably the most interesting of all, as this is arguably the most popular device that the...

Flash Game Player Opens Up A New World of Games on Android

One of the great selling points about Android phones is that they are fully capable of displaying Flash content. Nonetheless, there are still many Flash-based web games which will not work with Android for one simple reason: the controls have not been correctly implemented to allow their use on a mobile device. Normally, you have to...

Spend Hours Tapping Away on Tap Attack! for WP7

Sometimes, it's the games with the simplest concepts that get us the most hooked. Tap Attack! for Windows Phone 7 hopes to be just such a game, with the developer XDA member babyjustine promising it to be fun, simple to learn, and very addictive. The game works in a familiar format to other memory games: the player...

HTC’s First Dual-Core Device Rumoured

Since the announcements of mind-blowingly powerful Android phones such as the LG Optimus 2X and the Motorola Atrix 4G, HTC's roster of upcoming devices seems a little... uninteresting. However, recent rumours around the interweb suggest that HTC are ready to play catch-up with their fellow manufacturers: rife are whispers about a new device, codenamed Pyramid, whose specs are...

CopyCat Voice Changer App Arrives on Windows Phone 7

Among Android and iPhone users alike, voice changers are some of the most popular apps around. However, Windows Phone 7 is yet to see much love from developers of the recognised names of these apps - something which has luckily caused new developers to step in. XDA forumer babyjustine's CopyCat application for WP7 is available in...

Firefox 4 Beta 4 for Android Available Now

The struggle between web browsers flooded into the region of smartphones almost as soon as such platforms became available. Nowadays, there is a multitude of browsers to choose from, regardless of whichever mobile operating system you choose to use. Firefox 4 for Android (previously codenamed Fennec) is the smaller brother of Mozilla's immensely popular browser for...

‘A Nerd’s Must Have Android Apps’ – Just bought an Android phone?

Okay, so you've finally made the switch from Windows Mobile to Android and, after months of umming and ahhing, have eventually got your hands on that shiny piece of tech that you've been after for so long. One of the reasons you switched was because of the vastly superior App Market that Android possesses, and...

Nook Color Honeycomb Port Available for You to Try

I'm sure you're all aware of the recent CES announcement of Google's latest edition of the Android platform, Honeycomb, which is designed with tablet PCs rather than phones in mind. Many of you will also have been excited to see that XDA developer deeper-blue managed to port the preview version of the operating system found...

Ultimate Music Quiz – Trivia Game Needs Beta Testers!

Trivia games are seen by some as an essential addition to anyone's app drawer. While basic in premise, the endless variations and the competition they can stimulate often make them annoyingly addictive. One of the most popular types revolves around music lyrics and trivia, but the Ultimate Music Quiz by XDA member migalito goes one step...

Get the Honeycomb Clock Widget on your Phone

The announcement of the latest version of Android, Honeycomb (exclusively for tablets), has brought with it a completely redesigned UI for the operating system. To fit with the sleeker interface, Google redesigned their stock homescreen widgets, including the clock widget that is arguably essential to any mobile device. All of this excitement about the impending Xoom...

LG Optimus V: Only Just Out, Already Rooted!

Although LG's latest addition to the Optimus family and Virgin Mobile exclusive Optimus V is yet to have its own official home here at XDA, work in the Android Software Development section of the site has demonstrated that the device can easily be rooted - and within a week of its release! The device is actually...

WMCellInfo Lets You Triangulate Your Location Using Cell Towers

The universally popular Google Maps application gathers approximate location data using the proximity of cell towers relative to your phone. Once a GPS lock is completed, this location can be more accurately represented on the map. However, using GPS can be (especially with older devices) a much slower process, and it obviously requires an internal...