Simon Hill(299 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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Freemium apps: necessary evil or plain greedy?

by: Simon HillMay 21, 2014
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 good for consumers or developers?
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5 things you should never pay for on Android

by: Simon HillMay 16, 2014
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.
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Why Sony is ignoring the American market, for now

by: Simon HillMay 14, 2014
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? Why can't Americans buy the latest Sony smartphones?
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Samsung design: the good, the bad, and the ugly

by: Simon HillMay 9, 2014
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.
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Conflicting forces: can Samsung and Google get along?

by: Simon HillMay 9, 2014
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 averted a while back, but there could be more trouble on the horizon.
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Game of clones: a look at Android’s cloning and piracy problems

by: Simon HillMay 2, 2014
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 problem and what is being done?
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Two things Android Wear needs to be successful

by: Simon HillApril 30, 2014
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.
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MediaTek is riding high, how far can it go?

by: Simon HillApril 25, 2014
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.
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10 things you can do with your old Android phone

by: Simon HillApril 25, 2014
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.
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Google needs to tackle its app discovery problem

by: Simon HillApril 23, 2014
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 the Play Store is awful. The search functionality is poor and there’s a lack of curation.
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