Simon Hill(283 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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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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Qualcomm: Always one step ahead

by: Simon HillFebruary 9, 2014
Can Qualcomm continue to dominate the mobile technology market? We look at the history of Qualcomm, its position in the market today, and the challenges that lie ahead.
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What’s preventing Chinese phone manufacturers from breaking into Western markets?

by: Simon HillFebruary 2, 2014
Despite offering up some cutting edge hardware in stylish and svelte designs Chinese manufacturers have yet to make their mark in Western markets. We take a look at why that is.
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Alcatel’s assault on mobile

by: Simon HillJanuary 26, 2014
TCL-Alcatel is closing in on the big players in the mobile industry with a growing share of the worldwide mobile handset market. We take a look at the history of the company and examine its latest step up with the impressive Idol X+ smartphone.
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