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But you don't have to take our word for it. In February 2010 we were 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.

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.

Who are we? We're a crack team of Android enthusiasts, tinkerers, bloggers and journalists. And we're proud members of the Mobile Nations family of sites. If you have a question for the site, feel free to shoot us an email at, or you can use our Contact Us form. Our terms of service are here.

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The Android Central Team

Phil Nickinson, editor in chief

Phil Nickinson

Phil 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 and two beautiful daughters. You can find him on Google+, Twitter and Instagram.


Jerry Hildenbrand, Cowboy, United States

Jerry Hildenbrand

Jerry Hildenbrand has been an avid Android fan since its public release in late 2008 and has spent the last few years writing about it at Android Central.  He's all about open-source and responsibility, on both sides of any issue. If you were to check his pockets, you would find a Moto X. Look for him on Google+ here, email him at, or check out all his posts on

Alex Dobie, Europe editor, United Kingdom

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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 He's also on Google+ and the Twitters.


Russell Holly, contributing editor

Russell Holly

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.

You can find all of Russell's posts here, email him here, and stalk him on Google+ and Twitter.

Anndrew Vacca, contributing writer

Anndrew Vacca

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

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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, editor, United States

Andrew Martonik

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 games 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. You can follow him on Twitter, Google+ and find all of his posts right here.


Ara Wagoner, writer, United States

Ara Wagoner

Born and raised just outside Austin, TX, 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 on Google+ 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. You can also find her on Twitter and all of her articles here.