Simon Hill(296 posts)

Simon is an experienced tech writer with a background in game development. He writes for various websites and magazines about the world of tech and entertainment. He uses Android every day and is currently permanently attached to his Galaxy Note 5.

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A look at the Android world outside of Google’s control

by: Simon HillApril 3, 2014
There is a massive Android ecosystem that doesn't depend on Google and it’s growing rapidly. Is there a danger that Google could lose control of Android? We take a look at what it all means.
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Are carrier-free SIM cards on the way?

by: Simon HillMarch 21, 2014
A relaxing of the rules relating to carrier locked SIM cards in the Netherlands hit the news recently. We take a look at what it actually means and examine the potential benefits of this move and how it could go further to create some real carrier competition.
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How T-Mobile and John Legere are shaking things up

by: Simon HillMarch 20, 2014
T-Mobile under John Legere has been taking the fight to Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. The "Uncarrier" is making good progress and injecting some much-needed competition into the market. We take a look at its moves over the last year.
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Chromecast and its competitors: what are your options?

by: Simon HillMarch 20, 2014
As Chromecast spreads beyond the US border we take a look at what it can do, how it measures up to the competition, and what’s on the horizon in this space. Should you buy Chromecast now, or wait for something better?
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How does Google get Android into cars?

by: Simon HillMarch 13, 2014
The next battleground for platform dominance looks set to be cars. Google’s Open Automotive Alliance will clash with offerings from Apple, Microsoft, and others. How can Android secure a place in your automobile?
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Brace yourself for a new wave of Android wearables

by: Simon HillMarch 12, 2014
The wearable technology market is starting to take off with a wave of fitness trackers, smartwatches, and smart glasses on the way. Now Google is about to release an Android wearables SDK we take a look at what it means, how quickly wearables could take off, what's on the horizon right now, and ask whether Google might be tempted to weigh in with some hardware of its own.
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How Nokia’s Android X phones could backfire

by: Simon HillMarch 5, 2014
What is Nokia thinking? Can its Android X phone line-up really act as a gateway drug for Windows Phone, or is this experiment set to end in disaster? We take a look at the best case scenario for Nokia and Microsoft, before pointing out the flaws.
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Why don’t we have kill switches in smartphones?

by: Simon HillMarch 4, 2014
We explore the idea of smartphone kill switches as legislation is presented in the U.S. to make them a legal requirement. What would a kill switch offer over current solutions, what are the potential drawbacks, and would it work anyway?
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Samsung remembers the secret of its success

by: Simon HillMarch 3, 2014
Whether you like it or not the Samsung Galaxy S5 is going to be a smash hit. It looks like Samsung learned a thing or two last year and went back to its usual formula. It may not be wowing you, but is it really aimed at you anyway?
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What if Microsoft made Android smartphones?

by: Simon HillFebruary 13, 2014
We take a look at the recent debate about Microsoft making Android phones and ask whether forking Android and ditching Windows Phone would make sense for the software giant.
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