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But, really, it comes down to you. You're the reason we're here, working late into the night. Or traveling across the country and across the globe to bring you the latest Android news, reviews, rumors and more. If it's out there, we'll find it.
Alex Dobie, Managing Editor, cat wrangler
As one of our resident Brits, Alex cooks up steaming bowls of European coverage for Android Central on a daily basis. A reformed iPhone user, he now dual-wields a Galaxy S6 edge+ alongside whatever he happens to be testing or reviewing this week. Fueled 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.
Jerry Hildenbrand, Cowboy
Linux Professional, aging hippie and recovering engineer. Editor in charge of touching things until they break, trying to figure stuff out, and talking about Android. I think the black jelly beans are the best and wear sneakers I bought in 1996.
Andrew Martonik, Editor
Andrew Martonik has been tinkering with computers, PDAs (remember those?), gadgets and phones his whole life. Living in Seattle, Andrew enjoys his Starbucks coffee and Sounders FC soccer matches as much as anything else. As for devices, it's a safe bet there's a Nexus in his pocket and several more within reach.
Russell Holly, Editor
Based in Baltimore, Md., Russell's journey into writing started shortly after picking up an HTC G1. While the other mobile platforms aren't typically far from reach, Android is where he's been most comfortable. With a Moto X in his pocket and some form of wearable strapped to his face or body, you can expect him to always be ready to pick up something new and give it a spin. When not making words happen on the Internet, Russell can be found running through a field with a sword, playing getting shot at on his Xbox One, or getting schooled by his spouse in comic books.
Daniel Bader, Senior Editor
Daniel Bader is Senior Editor at Android Central, helping shape and coordinate the editorial calendar and contributing news, reviews, and industry analysis on Android and related products. Previously Editor-in-chief at Mobile Syrup, Bader excels at making the deeper levels of technology accessible to everyone.
He also runs Canadian content for Mobile Nations, working with the teams at iMore, Android Central, and Windows Central to deliver the best coverage in the industry. In addition to writing and producing, Daniel regularly appears on Canadian networks CBC and CTV as a technology analyst.
Ara Wagoner, Contributing Writer
Born and raised just outside Austin, Texas, Ara Wagoner dove into Android in 2011 when she bought her Samsung Captivate Glide, which she named Soarin after the Disney ride. She loved Disney so much, she went on not one but two Disney College Programs to go work — and play — in paradise. Ara is a twin — no, they're not identical — and spent four years at the University of North Texas with one foot in television and one foot in film. She became a huge fan of Motorola after falling head over heels in love with the 2013 Moto X. She started blogging before coming to Android Central, and when she's not checking out new Android apps and Chromebooks, she's probably there indulging her fangirl tendencies.
Jen Karner, Contributing Writer
When she's not swinging swords and firing arrows (no, we're not kidding) Maryland-based Jen Karner is focused on all things Android. Whether it's running from digital zombies to get the highest score in a fitness app, loading up on AOE spells for whatever RPG game has crossed her desk this week, or slipping mindlessly into a connect four or gem pairing game, Jen's fingers are almost always touching a phone. Or a watch. Or a gamepad.
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Phil Nickinson, Editor Emeritus
Phil Nickinson has served as editor-in-chief of Android Central since 2009. In a previous life he spent more than a decade in the newsroom of a two-time Pulitzer finalist newspaper in his hometown of Pensacola, Fla. In his current life, he's got the greatest job in the world, a gorgeous wife, two beautiful daughters and a mutt named Max.
Phil is currently in super secret Skunkworks mode, working on something new and exciting.
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Derek Kessler, Managing Editor
Derek Kessler is Managing Editor for Mobile Nations, making sure the content train runs consistently and on-time, plus a wide range of special projects across Android Central, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Central. Previously, Derek ran webOS Nation (formerly PreCentral.net).
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Chris Meinck, Recommendations Manager
Christopher Meinck is responsible for helping Mobile Nations readers — including Android Central, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Central — find the best possible reviews, comparisons, and buying advice for phones, tablets, computers, apps, accessories, and more.
Before joining Mobile Nations, Chris founded and ran Smart Phone Resource, a network of sites dedicated to mobile devices. Passionate about technology, phones, and helping people, Chris lives in New York with his wife, two children, and two cats.
Rene Ritchie, Executive Editor
Rene Ritchie is Executive Editor of Mobile Nations, including Android Central, CrackBerry, iMore, Windows Central, and their over 40 million readers a month. A video producer and personality, he's co-hosted CES Live!, regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network, and his popular series of podcasts, including the iMore show and Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times.
Based in Montreal, Rene is a former Director of Product Marketing for an analytical database company, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss mobile and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.
Kevin Michaluk, Chief Media Officer
Kevin Michaluk is in charge of strategy, vision, and direction across the Mobile Nations properties, including Android Central, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Central. Kevin work with our amazing team of editors, writers, designers and developers to deliver the world's largest and most influential tech communities to over 40 million unique visitors each month.
A lifelong entrepreneur, Kevin founded CrackBerry.com in 2006, which quickly became the largest independent BlackBerry resource on the net. He lives in Winnipeg with his wife, and enjoys gadgets, EMV, and Campari.
Android Central in the media
In February 2010 Android Central was named one of PC World's "50 Smartphone Blogs to Watch." We're on Engadget's "Who should I follow on Twitter?" list. Need more? We've got letters from the Queen Mum, the Pope, various foreign dignitaries in South America — and, of course, our mothers — who all say we're pretty swell.