Happy New Year everyone and welcome to #Android! Depending on our mood — and compatibility with the hashtag — you will see us refer to ourselves as either #Android or Hashtag Android. This is a brand new site built around one man’s affinity for Android and the community that makes it more than simply a mobile operating system.
Vincent Messina – Founder/Editor-In-Chief
My name is Vincent Messina and I’ve been interested in little green robots since the release of the original Motorola DROID on Verizon.
I share the all-too-familiar story of a BlackBerry user unsatisfied and looking for more. Braving the tides of change, I jumped from the sinking ship of RIM and gave our beloved Android a shot.
It didn’t take very long for me to see the clear differences and sheer superiority of Android over BlackBerry. However, it was what I wasn’t looking for that really caught my attention. I am, of course, talking about the Android community.
Don’t get me wrong, the BlackBerry community was also a great community — and I’m not ashamed to admit my former CrackBerry addiction. However, it was the thrill of being a part of something “new” and the fact that so many were sharing and helping in my newfound adventure that really forged the bond with Android that I have today.
Being a Motorola DROID user, I certainly wasn’t here from the beginning, but the great thing was — it didn’t matter. Unlike many other platforms or communities, no one called me a noob or ridiculed me for my rudimentary questions. No. Instead, I was welcomed with open arms and given advice, help and all the Jedi training necessary to become a full-blown Android addict.
The whole experience reminded me of my first Nintendo really. I was so very excited when I first received my Nintendo back in 1985 (yea, I’m getting old), and like many others around me, began exploring and sharing stories of secret levels, cartridge nuances, and of course: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left Right, B, A, Select, Start.
The Nintendo gave birth to what would become my life-long video game obsession and surprisingly, my first Android blogging position.
As the Android Market grew, I began enjoying and reviewing the plethora of games and apps being dropped daily. For a year, I wrote about every game, app, developer, and market update that came across my desk. I eventually moved on to covering all things Android and really haven’t look back since.
While my love for Android and its community grew, I slowly found myself being held back by the companies hiring me. I was brought on to start up a few projects for people I can only categorize as “Apple enthusiasts looking to monetize on Android’s success.” While I personally have nothing negative to say about these individuals (as they were all great, hardworking individuals that I would consider friends), it was the fact that they really didn’t share in the Android community that resulted in my eventual departures and ultimately led me to start #Android.
I now have the freedom to write, say, hire, create, and breakdance whenever I damn please, and I have no one to answer to other than myself and the Android community.
If you’ve followed me throughout my projects, you already know I enjoy giving back to the community. I frequently feature community members and their projects, I fully support the business ventures of a majority of Androidpreneurs, and I’m always giving away as much swag as I can get my hands on.
With #Android, I will continue to give my insight, share news and tips, spark debate, and most of all — have fun.
#Android is a new chapter in my life, and I hope you will join in my journey to create more than just another Android blog tainted with bad intentions.
This is me… This is you… This is #Android.
Disclaimer: I’m a writer not a web developer, so bear with me as I try not to destroy the site with some misplaced code.