Who we are, and where we come from.
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can use our Contact Us form. Our terms of service are here.
1. Phil Nickinson, editor-in-chief
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, two beautiful daughters and a mutt named Max. You can find him on Google+, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
2. Jerry Hildenbrand, cowboy, United States
Jerry 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 or Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. Look for him on Google+ here, email him at email@example.com, or check out all his posts here.
3. Alex Dobie, managing editor, United Kingdom
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.
4. Andrew Martonik, West Coast Editor, United States
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.
5. Russell Holly, contributing 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.
6. Taren Gesell, social media director
Taren is our Social Media Director, supporting iMore, Android Central, Windows Central and Crackberry. Taren and his wife, Kim, and their dogs Graycie and Petey live on the Frozen Tundra in Winnipeg, Canada. Prior to Mobile Nations Taren worked in finance telling people how to manage their money, now he tells us how to create the best technology-related social media content on the internet. Basically, he's just bossy.
7. Richard Devine, contributing writer, United Kingdom
Working out of Lincoln, England, Richard joined up with Android Central in 2011 when Phil had a crazy idea to bring another Brit on board. With a love of all things mobile, you'll find him popping up all over Mobile Nations. When not playing around with phones and tablets, you'll usually find him at the race track either spectating or (attempting) to drive. And as a new dad if you see him, maybe buy him a coffee or two.
8. Ara Wagoner, contributing writer, United States
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 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.
9. Brent Zaniewski, accessories editor, United States
Hailing from Inverness, Florida, Brent Zaniewski started as a picker at the SPE shipping warehouse in 2006 and worked his way up filling the roles of product returns, customer service, product development and now is a full-time contributor of Android Central and neighboring communities of Mobile Nations. He studied Game Design and Development at the International Academy of Design and Technology in Orlando for 2 years returning home to take on new positions with Mobile Nations. When he's not dabbling in all things tech, you can find him writing music and playing shows with his band, Don't Look Back, sitting in a duck blind, or fishing bass tournaments on the weekends.
You can find all of Brent's posts here, and follow him on Twitter, Google+, or reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're looking for Android Central to cover a particular product.
10. Jen Karner, contributing writer, United States
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.