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The Android Central Team
Phil Nickinson, editor in chief
Phil spent more than 11 years as a copy editor, page designer and news editor at a daily newspaper in Florida before taking the reins of Android Central in December 2009. Phil's current weapon of choice: A Galaxy Nexus, HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy S3 or whatever else happens to be charged at the time. He's @philnickinson on Twitter, or on Google+. Find all of his posts here, and e-mail him at email@example.com.
Jerry Hildenbrand, writer, United States
Jerry Hildenbrand has been an avid Android fan since its public release in late 2008 and has spent the last year writing about it at Android Central. His love and use of open-source software goes back to the early 1990's and SoftLanding Linux System, which makes Android the best way to express his current and future passion.
Chris Parsons (aka Bla1ze), writer, Canada
Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Chris is fluent in all mobile languages. Having been a member of the Smartphone Experts community now for nearly three years, you can often find him here on Android Central or at CrackBerry. You may also follow his random outbursts on Twitter (@bla1ze). If you find Chris wondering around your local neighborhood, please point him towards the nearest electrical outlet and toss him a can of Full Throttle energy drink. You can read all of Chris' posts here. He's also on Google+.
Alex Dobie, Europe editor, United Kingdom
As our resident Brit, Alex cooks up steaming bowls of European coverage for Android Central on a daily basis. A reformed iPhone user, he now dual-wields a Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy S3 alongside whatever he happens to be testing this week. Fuelled by caffeine, a love of tech and a mortal fear of natural light, Alex operates our European desk from a dungeon somewhere in Manchester, England. Find all of his posts here, and offer him dubious pharmaceutical products at firstname.lastname@example.org. He's also on Google+ and the Twitters.
Simon Sage, apps editor
Beyond ruling the skies with vertical authority from his frozen Canadian stronghold, Simon spends way too much time playing with his phone. Usually it involves a game of some kind, but Simon is constantly exploring all sorts of ridiculously awesome new things mobile technology can do. For years, he has extensively covered Android, BlackBerry, iOS, and everything in between. You can expect his coverage to be critical, but level-headed.
Sean Brunett, contributing writer, United States
Sean grew up in a small town outside of Rochester, N.Y., and now resides near Washington, D.C. He has been writing for Android Central since July 2010, though has been a fan of Android OS since its early days. His phone of choice is a Nexus One, but he also sports a Samsung Captivate. His interests include international relations, gadgets, emerging technology, reading, Seinfeld, the Buffalo Bills, the Buffalo Sabres and traveling. He's @SeanBrunett on Twitter and has more at SeanBrunett.com. You can read all of his posts here. Or find him on Google+.
Anndrew Vacca, contributing writer
Anndrew is a 23-year-old writer living in New York City and working full time in the nonprofit sector. A recent graduate of Fordham University, Anndrew has his degree in Journalism-concentrated Communications, with a minor in Spanish Language and Literature. His first Android device was a Droid Incredible, and since then he's gone through an obscene number of phones before most recently settling on an HTC Thunderbolt. In April 2011 he began at Android Central when he decided it was time to merge his interests in writing and shiny new technology. In his spare time he can be found trying (unsuccessfully) to stay out of trouble and refusing to explain why there's a typo in his name. You can find all of Anndrew's posts here.
Richard Devine, writer, United Kingdom
Working out of Lincoln, England, and fuelled by Starbucks Coffee, Richard joined up with the UK branch of Android Central in 2011. A previous Windows Mobile, iPhone and BlackBerry user, Richard tried Android this one time, at Band Camp, and felt right at home from day one. The current weapons of choice are a Galaxy Nexus and a Nexus 7...and a race car. When not playing with Android devices, Richard is also a motorsport fanatic who now holds a race license. So don't stand too close to the track. Catch Richard on Google+, the Twitters and all his posts can be found here.
Andrew Martonik, writer, United States
Fresh out of college with an Economics degree, Andrew Martonik has been tinkering with computers, PDAs (remember those?), gadgets and phones his whole life. From the greater Seattle area, Andrew enjoys his Starbucks and Sounders FC soccer games. As for devices, it’s a safe bet there’s a Nexus in his pocket. You can follow him on Twitter, Google+ and find all of his posts right here.