We have a lot of balls in the air here at Mobile Nations. That is, we've got a whole lot of things going on at once. (That's a juggling metaphor.)

Android Central UniversitySome of these things you fine folks get to see. All the reviews we do. All the news we cover. The shift to a more centralized newsroom. All the public events we attend, and the private meetings needed to set them up. All the work on the back end — think servers, CMS, design, security, etc. — from the folks who never get the credit they deserve (you can find all their names here). The men and women in our retail side, who (in addition to advertising, yes) help fund those of us in the toy box, in addition to bringing great accessories at the best prices they can manage.

So, yeah. There's a lot going on at Mobile Nations, the company. And speaking in an editorial capacity, it's nice to get a chance to actually give focus to just one or six things at once.

Welcome to Android Central University.

A little more than a month ago I explained how we were going to go more in-depth with the most popular devices than we've ever done before. I think we're well on our way with that. (We've still got plenty of room for improvement. We're never going to be able to have complete parity among devices, much as I'd like to. There are never enough hours in the day, and never enough of us to write.)

It's time to expand even further. Devices are a huge part of our lives. But they're only half the story. Services — software, really — make up much of the other half. Services that we use every day. E-mail. Text messages. Security. Travel. Games. Apps for our kids. How to keep our kids safe from things they're not yet ready for.

ACU is about learning. It's about going deeper into the services we all use on our phones every day.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Android Central University is more about organization than anything else. See the badge, and click it for more in that track. Gmail. Facebook. Twitter. Rooting. Whatever. Anything and everything. The badge is also a sign that we're aiming for the folks who don't already know it all. And that includes us. One of the best parts about Android is that it's always evolving, and so we have to continue to learn and grow with it.

Mobile Nations prides itself on being real tech for real people, and a big part of that should be making it easier for you to find the information you need, be it from the blog, or from our forums. ACU is one step in the right direction on that front. (We've got other aspects in the works for later this year. And to say I'm excited about them is quite the understatement.)

We're a community of Android experts and veterans, made up of those of us here at Android Central, and those of you who contribute in your own way. And we're also a growing community of folks new to smartphones, and new to Android. Both are equally important to us. And Android Central University should make our combined experiences that much more important.

And now for something completely different ...

  • Apple possibly buying Beats? If you're wondering what that means for the HTC handsets that have Beats audio enhancements, don't worry about it. HTC and Beats were finished in 2013. And nobody's going to update an M7 to remove the code, or scratch off the Beats logo from the back of the phone.
  • The speculation for the reason behind the purchase — which, by the way, still isn't official — is fun to watch. Like we just can't fathom the idea of Apple (and all the really smart people who work there) having a reason to do something that we just can't figure out.
  • So ... my guess? Cash to burn and a desire to try something different.
  • The National Climate Assessment report scares the shit out of me. It should scare everyone.
  • I picked up a Verizon Galaxy S5 last week. I've got a Sprint Harman/Kardon HTC One M8 in hand. I'm not saying anything new here, but the carrier bloat is out of control. Do yourself a favor if you can and avoid carrier-branded phones. Buy dev or unlocked, if you can. Write your congressman. Tell your mother. This is ridiculous.

We've got a long way to go and a short time to get there. Let's get back to work.