Simon Hill(288 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 Nexus 7.




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Google and Apple spend more on patents than on R&D

by: Simon HillOctober 8, 2012
In 2011 Google and Apple both spent more money on patents than they did on research and development. The result is stifling innovation instead of encouraging it and, as usual, we, the consumers, have to suffer the consequences in terms of higher prices and limited features.
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Will your next Android be wearable?

by: Simon HillOctober 8, 2012
Do you think that wearable devices, whether it's glasses, watches, or clothing, could be the next big thing in tech? Would you replace your smartphone with a wearable Android device?
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Samsung thinks LG will claim third place in the smartphone market

by: Simon HillOctober 5, 2012
According to a Samsung Securities report LG Electronics is looking like a good investment right now. The report suggests that LG will go from 4 percent of the smartphone market to 5.8 percent next year.
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Alternative app stores and platform branches: Is Android too open?

by: Simon HillOctober 4, 2012
Android is continuing to dominate the worldwide smartphone market. Google’s open approach with Android is often cited as a major reason for the platform’s success, but recent events beg the question of whether that openness is a double-edged sword.
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TomTom turns up on Android at last

by: Simon HillOctober 4, 2012
It has taken TomTom so long to bring its popular offline navigation apps to Android that you’d be forgiven for thinking they got lost along the way. If you’ve been waiting for a good offline solution then you might want to take a look.
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Oracle kicks off appeal in Google Android lawsuit

by: Simon HillOctober 4, 2012
When Oracle took Google to court over Android things didn’t turn out so well for it. As you might expect Oracle is not satisfied with an outcome that left them holding a $4 million bill for Google’s court costs. The inevitable appeal has been filed with the United States District Court in California.
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Yandex takes on Google with an alternative Android app store

by: Simon HillOctober 2, 2012
Yandex is the Russian Google, claiming over 60 percent market share for its search engine within Russia. Its latest expansion is into Google’s Android ecosystem with Yandex.Store, an Android app market that will offer around 40,000 applications on release.
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Pay-as-you-go 4G data launching at FreedomPop, 500MB free every month

by: Simon HillOctober 1, 2012
How about 500MB of 4G data for free every month? That's what FreedomPop is offering and beyond your allowance it's a pay-as-you-go proposition at $10 per gigabyte.
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ZTE Engage is $250 on Cricket from October 2

by: Simon HillSeptember 28, 2012
The wait for the ZTE Engage on Cricket is nearly over. You’ll be able to snap it up for $250 off contract from Tuesday, October 2.
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“Google stands for innovation as opposed to patent wars” says Schmidt

by: Simon HillSeptember 28, 2012
Google’s Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, has been helping to launch the Nexus 7 tablet in South Korea. He also met with Samsung and spoke out about the patent war with Apple.
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