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Simon Hill

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.

Simon's Posts

Freemium apps: necessary evil or plain greedy?

The vast majority of revenue in the app stores comes from freemium apps now, it is the winning model, but what are the advantages and disadvantages? Should we be happy about it? Is it ...
by Simon HillMay 21, 201420

5 things you should never pay for on Android

Why pay when you don't have to? We take a look at five things you should never pay for on the Android platform and discuss the free services, features, and apps that deliver.
by Simon HillMay 16, 201459

Why Sony is ignoring the American market, for now

Sony’s flagship Xperia Z smartphone line marries cutting edge hardware with premium style, but if you’re shopping for Sony in the US your options are horribly limited. What’s going on? ...
by Simon HillMay 14, 201423

Samsung design: the good, the bad, and the ugly

With the mobile design team head leaving the company this week, we decided it would be a good time to take a look at some of Samsung’s smartphone designs over the years.
by Simon HillMay 9, 201476

Conflicting forces: can Samsung and Google get along?

How do Android Wear and the new Silver program fit into Samsung’s grand plan for world domination of the consumer electronics market? It looked like a Google vs Samsung battle had been ...
by Simon HillMay 9, 201432

Game of clones: a look at Android’s cloning and piracy problems

The number of Flappy Bird clones highlighted just how prevalent the practice of copying successful games is. But where is the line between copying and pirating? How serious is the ...
by Simon HillMay 2, 201423

Two things Android Wear needs to be successful

What are the potential strengths and the weaknesses of Google's Android Wear program? We take a look at what it really needs to succeed - some killer apps and some fashion sense.
by Simon HillApril 30, 201435

MediaTek is riding high, how far can it go?

MediaTek has a very healthy SoC business and it's looking to expand, but can it compete with the dominance of Qualcomm? We take a look at MediaTek's history and its prospects.
by Simon HillApril 25, 201434

10 things you can do with your old Android phone

So you’ve decided to upgrade and you’re unsure what to do with your old Android smartphone. You could sell it, donate it, or repurpose it. We’ve got plenty of ideas for you right here.
by Simon HillApril 25, 201492

Google needs to tackle its app discovery problem

Android has really matured as a platform, but why is app discovery still such a problem? It’s not just that it’s difficult for indie developers to get noticed, the user experience in ...
by Simon HillApril 23, 201431
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