1. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    Meet the Ambassadors of Android Central

    At any given moment, Android Central is viewed by thousands upon thousands of members and guests. These people come looking for help, sharing knowledge about a particular device, and do research into a future candidate. Guests often receive such wonderful help, they register to say thanks to the user.

    The Ambassador Team are volunteers who represent Android Central with experience, knowledge, and a willingness to share. The Ambassadors make it a goal for everyone to have a great experience with the site, ranging from giving a warm welcome when they make their first post, to pointing them in the right direction for a problem.

    The following posts are bits of background of the Ambassadors, showing another dimension of our personalities. As for what an Ambassador is and does, the following touches on what we do:


    Some goals/tasks of an Ambassador

    • Welcoming new members to the community
    • Responding to unanswered questions & provide direction or solutions.
    • Writing informative guides & tutorials
    • Ongoing support & participation in various devices and areas within the forums.
    • Respect for the community and its members.


    How are Ambassadors selected?

    • Android Central Ambassador Team Leader
    • Android Central Moderators identify any outstanding members who may be a good fit for the program
    • Sometimes we even explore members who ask or offer to join the program


    Android Central Ambassador Staff

    Ambassador Team Leader

    Ambassadors


    Android Central RETIRED Ambassadors

    Below are names of great ex-Ambassadors that volunteered their time and knowledge. Even though they may no longer wear the badge of an Ambassador, we would still like to recognize their contributions to the community. Big thanks to them!

    • AlphaTango
    • the tall guy
    • tourbound129
    • Kelly Kearns
    • H3aTeRzz
    • itguyjax8430 (now a Moderator)
    • OceanView
    • Teejai80
    • sydneycooper1979 (now a moderator)
    • UJ95x
    • Raptor007
    • xocomaox
    • wizzrah
    • srkmagnus (now a Moderator)
    • mumfoau
    • ffejjj
    • VDub2174 (now a Moderator)
    • Haalcyon
    • Eclipse2K
    • EvilMonkey
    • Aquila (now a retired Moderator Team Leader)
    • Scott Kenyon
    • 2defmouze
    • DroidXcon
    • creccaj1
    • Jaquarr40
    • meyerweb
    • dmmarck (now a retired Moderator)
    • SkunkApe60
    • zero neck
    • PVilleComp
    • Paul627g (now a retired Moderator Team Leader)
    • JayWill72
    • Devinator
    • Kevin O'Quinn (now a retired Moderator Team Leader)
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    04-17-2013 11:08 AM
  2. SpookDroid's Avatar
    Hello friends!

    My name is Nick (OK, not my real name, but we'll get to that), but my friends call me Spook, and I got recruited to the Secret Order of the Android Central Ambassadors in July 2014. We're very jealous about the secrecy thing, so don't tell anyone, alrighty?

    I used to live in Mexico, but have now moved to Carlsbad, California. I've always loved all things that go 'beep' in the night as my parents can attest. The moment I came face to face with a computer, I was hooked. Naturally, I pursued a career that had to do with just that, getting a degree in Electronics and a Master in Robotics. That Skynet thing you saw on Terminator? I was building that. But for the sake of humanity, life put me on a different path and now I design, build, and establish processes for building golf clubs.

    But my love for Electronics never died, and I'm the kind of guy friends go to for advice on gadgets, tech, and computer stuff. And I love it! I've always loved being able to help people, which incidentally, fits perfectly with the AC Ambassador profile. So, if there's anything I can help with, I will certainly try to do so.

    As for the Mobile scene and because I love Android, I'm currently rocking a Galaxy Note 3 as my daily Driver, a Galaxy Note 10.1 as my trusty tablet and note-taking gizmo, and I also own an iPhone for work and an iPod for music.

    So here I am, at your service and at the service of the AC Ambassador Team. The Secret one.

    Still reading this far? Great! Now you'll know the secret of my real name: It's Israel. So why Nick? Apparently, I don't look like an Israel and have the face of a Nick, or at least that's what the guy who introduced me to my group on my first day of College thought, because he told everyone my name was Nick, and it stuck. My nickname, however, dates back to my early days of High School, where word got out that I was a fan of The X-Files, and since the main character was called Fox "Spooky" Mulder, they started calling me Spooky, but ended up dropping the 'y'.
    07-30-2014 05:53 PM
  3. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    Hi, I'm Joe....And I am a tech junkie...

    Well, where to begin, other than the beginning? For starters, I joined Android in late November of 2011, starting off with a Sprint Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch (always a mouthful), coming from a Sanyo Innuendo. I learned how to root the device in under three months, with the first two just spent learning how to work Android. Then, the following October I picked up a Galaxy S3, and during that time I also acquired a Galaxy Tab 2. I then shifted to a 2013 Moto X, and a Nexus 5. In April of 2014, I changed carriers and got an HTC One M8, and these days there is rarely just one electronic device in operation at any given time, usually at least my Chromebook, and my M8.

    I work as a Lube Technician, so basically I am a grease monkey, but I love it. If it has 8 or more cylinders; you have my attention. If it has 8 cylinders and was made between 1960 and 1970...you have my undivided attention.

    My hobbies/interests are golf (my score card would argue that it is a hobby), fishing, cooking, and racing, specifically NASCAR. You know, that whole 8 cylinder thing again.

    As I recall, my first stumbling onto this site was a Google result for upcoming news on a device. I honestly can't remember which device, as I was prowling the forums when I had my S2, at the time not really participating, just reading the news. In fact, I think the first question I answered dealt with an S2. History from then on.

    I am very glad to be here. I am surprised at being asked to be an Ambassador so quickly, I was just having fun....

    Joe.
    02-13-2015 11:11 AM
  4. VW Maverick's Avatar
    Greetings and salutations to one and all.

    My name is Brian and I am an Android Central Ambassador.
    I was clandestinely approached in July, 2014 to join the Mobile Nations team.

    Wherever there is injustice, you will find us.
    Wherever there is suffering, we'll be there.
    Wherever liberty is threatened, you will find, the AC Ambassadors.

    Anyway, I live in the Metro Atlanta area.
    I am married. Her name is Andrea and we have a soon to be 8 year old son, Jackson.
    I have owned and driven nothing but Volkswagens, hence the screen name.
    Maverick was my nickname in high school (a long time ago, in a galaxy not so very far away)
    Currently I have a 1992 Jetta GTX in my garage along with the wife's 2004 Jetta GL.

    I have been getting more and more tech savvy in the last few years.
    Like most guys, I like the gadgets
    Currently I have an Google Nexus 6 on Sprint. I gave the wife my previous LG G2. She also has a Kindle Fire 8.9" tablet and Jackson has a Samsung Tab 3.
    I have learned alot in the forums and threads and it goes from there. More than a few co-workers come to me with their little phone and tablet problems.

    If you have any questions, let me, or any of the other Ambassadors know.

    Thanks for reading.
    Brian.
    02-13-2015 03:26 PM
  5. STARGATE's Avatar
    Hello, I'm Tino and I love technology!

    I live in the capital city of North Carolina.

    I have a beautiful wife, an even prettier daughter (9 years old) and an awesome son (4 years old).

    I was invited to become an Ambassador by Patrick on February 17 2014.

    My first Android phone was the HTC Evo 4G, although I stop using it and went back to my beloved Palm Prē after a couple of months using both.

    By the way, I bought my Palm Prē the day it was launched; June 6 2009.
    That day will stay in my mind forever! And the Prē too!

    The second Android was the HTC Evo 3D, but again, only used it for a couple of months and kept the Prē.

    Finally on September 17 2011 I got the Motorola Photon 4G and put my beloved Prē back into its box. Although I still use it from time to time, to get my fix on gestures and webOS in general.

    After the Photon, I've had the Samsung Galaxy S4 and now the Samsung Galaxy S5.

    My wife and I have a PalmPad each. We also have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7".
    Of course, my son has taken ownership of the Galaxy Tab. He also loves technology!

    Btw, my wife also has a HTC Thunderbolt and a Motorola Droid Razr, she uses them on WiFi only.

    I have used a few iPads and the iPhone 3G, the 4 and 4S and also tested the 5S.
    I have to say, I love Apple computers, but the iPads and iPhones are boring!

    Well, that's just a bit about me, my family and some of my tech. There's a lot more about us and I have used all kinds of phones and computing devices. But I don't want you to read books and books about that, after all, this is just an intro!

    Tino.
    02-13-2015 10:13 PM
  6. belodion's Avatar
    It's December 2014. One year ago I knew almost nothing about devices and operating systems. Then, March this year I acquired my first smartphone, a Lumia 520, and was immediately captivated by these near-magical devices. A couple of weeks later, a Nexus 5 followed, and so I entered green robot land. I joined AC in June. Most of what I've learnt about the OS and devices has come from that. It seemed natural to me to be active in the forums from the first, with the consequence that now, such a short time after joining, I have been surprised and honoured to be invited to accept Ambassadorship.
    Belodion is a dual being. It comes from my name, David, meaning BELOved, and my cat's name, Dennis, the Latin for which is DIONysius. One of us was born in the 20th century, the other in the 21st. One of us likes cameras, science fiction, and trying to understand what life, the universe and everything are all about, the other likes playing with feathers tied to lengths of string. Either approach is good.

    For me, it's about smartphones....little devices you can carry around with you. PCs and tablets are not in the same spirit and don't interest me....no offence meant, it's just personal preference.
    Thank you to all at AC who have contributed to my smartphone education, and continue to do so. For my part I'll do my best to help with the promotion and understanding of what I think of as a great and interesting experiment: the Android OS and its devices....and of course, the AC forums.☺😺

    Dave (UK).
    02-14-2015 09:27 AM
  7. B. Diddy's Avatar
    I joined AC around 3/2012 after checking out various Android forums--what struck me most about AC was the real civility and friendliness of the discourse, as well as how helpful people are. It was refreshing not to see trolling, excessive snarkiness, and all around Simpsons-Comic-Book-Guy behavior. The first time I made a suggestion and received a hearty thanks from another member was a total rush--I needed more. And now I can't stop. The first step is recognizing that you have a problem ...

    At some point, my silly little posts started attracting the attention of the venerable Paul627g, who invited me to become an Ambassador, which was an honor. It was even better getting the opportunity to work with the great team of Ambassadors and Moderators we have here. Then at some point, they made me Senior Ambassador--I think it's because I'm old and cranky. GET OFFA MY LAWN! But seriously, I continue to get a lot of enjoyment out of this endeavor. Helping people is so much more fun than being a jerky troll.

    Before Android came out, I was stuck in the doldrums of Windows Mobile--started out with a Samsung SCH-i760 (what a memorable name), then a Samsung Omnia. At that time, it was painfully clear that nothing much was happening with Windows Mobile, so I made the jump to my first Android phone, the HTC Droid Incredible. What. A. Difference. After a couple of years with that phone, upgraded to the Droid Razr Maxx, which was a solid performer for most of its life, until it started to get a serious case of the lags. Made the jump to the big time with the Nexus 5, and it's been smooth and powerful ever since, up to my current Nexus 6P. Along the way, I also picked up an Acer A100, Acer A500, Asus TF300T, ASUS Zenfone 2, and a Nexus 7 (both 2012 and 2013). I love the flexibility and customizability of Android, as well as the close integration with Google. Still haven't tried rooting, though--I guess stock Android does enough for me! I'm also a big fan of Chromebooks -- currently, I have a 2013 Chromebook Pixel, an Acer CB5-571, and an Acer C740.

    I'm a doctor in the Silicon Valley area, practicing hospital medicine (what's known as a "hospitalist"). This means I only see sick patients in the hospital, rather than being a clinic doctor. My trusty Nexus 6P is pretty helpful for looking up important medical info or doing special calculations, but unfortunately the software for electronic charting still isn't that good for mobile devices. I'm married and have one cute, smart, energetic, and loud 7 year old daughter.

    My avatar, for all of you non-nerds out there, is Crow T. Robot, from Mystery Science Theater 3000, the greatest show ever made about the worst movies ever made. I figured he would be appropriate for an Android forum, although he's really just a straight-up robot ...
    02-20-2015 02:30 AM
  8. LeoRex's Avatar
    Hello!

    My real name is Corey. I got my login from combining my town with a little play on words. I live in Leominster, Massachusetts (hence the 'Leo')... Leo also meaning lion, the king of the jungle and all that. This bit explains the addition of Rex. So I'm the King. The Avatar is, of course, the famous Beaker. I gravitated to his likeness during a rather stressful stint at my previous company. His frantic energy and demeanour embodied my professional life perfectly at the time. Plus, Beaker rules.

    I'm 42 year old Software QA engineer and I've been working in the field for about 20 years now. I studied Physics in college, but I had foreseen a long and desolate life, sitting in the bowels of some lab somewhere, so I took a job as a co-op working at a nearby networking company doing software quality assurance doing what I did best; fuss around with computers to the point of breaking, then figuring out what I did wrong and fixing it. It was a match made in career heaven and I've stuck in the field since.

    I'm now in the beginning of my second decade of marriage and have two kids and a very understanding wife. A voracious lover of technology, I've always tried to snag whatever new toys that my situation allows (re: understanding wife). It all started back when I was a little kid and my dad would buy me the latest and greatest new toy. Whether it be a Intellivision, ADAM computer or Nintendo ES (I had the one with the stupid gyro robot) I've always had some new whiz-bang to play with. And that childhood obsession continues to today.

    Basically, if I got my hands on it, chances are I've taken it apart and put it back together.... looking around in every little nook and cranny with an insatiable urge to discover everything I can about whatever it is sitting in front of me. So whether its diving deep into the world of wakelocks, or removing a sock that has jammed up the turbine of my washing machine...

    My first true smartphone was a Samsung Galaxy Stellar, picked up in November of 2012 (not coincidentally the same time I joined Android Central). Up until that point, I admired them from afar, thanks to Verizon's two year contract cycle and high data plan prices. I've since moved to T-Mobile, who wonderfully allowed me to extricate myself from the crushing grip of Big Red back in 2014. I currently own, and very much enjoy, a Google Nexus 6P and I'm the family caretaker of my wife's Galaxy S7 Edge and a pair of ZTE ZMax Pros that are tasked with keeping my kids busy. Between those, three laptops, two Nintendo 3DSs and other random assorted bits of technology in my house, I'm often the man behind the curtain, keeping the whole machine running.

    For some strange reason, the volunteer staff here asked me to take on a dual role of ambassador AND moderator... maybe they figure they can keep an eye on me better with TWO team leads. Dunno.... but take that as a sign that I know all!
    04-10-2015 10:37 AM
  9. Javier P's Avatar
    Hi everyone! As you can see my name is Javier and I'm from Madrid.

    I used to pay my bills programming for big companies with huge mainframes. I loved that job and the logic involved in writing code and troubleshooting. But travelling was a bigger passion and I left Spain with a backpack and a one way ticket. After some years on the road kind of settled down in Brazil where I live now with my family. At that time there weren't such things as laptops, smartphones or even that funny thing called Internet, and never had that kind of job again. Oh yes! I'm a bit old

    When I joined Android Central I was a complete newbie with Android and this forum was the perfect introduction to the green robot world. Recently the AC guys decided that I wasn't a newbie anymore and invited me to be an Ambassador. For me it's an honour making part of this great team.

    This is a great place to learn, share what you know and help people that are having problems with their great gadgets. And above all, having fun in the process. And that's what I'll try to keep doing here.

    See you around the forums! Cheers!
    06-24-2015 07:45 AM
  10. Mike Dee's Avatar
    Hi, I'm Mike and I’m a gadget freak.

    When I was younger I always had stuff that no one else had. Nowadays not so much but I still love technology.

    I first came to Android Central in 2014, but I wasn’t very active here because my first Androids were Motorola products and they have their own support forum. I was very active there and was part of their beta testing program and I even considered becoming one of their MotoXperts which is kind of like a moderator/tech position but I just didn’t have the time to dedicate to do it effectively. I was active their until 2016 because I decided to try other products early in 2016 and here I am. I got hooked on this site and found myself getting lots of advice and little by little found myself paying it back by helping others. I guess my activity here got noticed and I was offered a spot on the Trusted Member team. While learning about the team and it’s duties I was informed about other volunteer opportunities here if I wanted to dedicate more time. At that point I expressed an interest in becoming an Ambassador and here I am.

    I’ve had a lot of different careers in my life, including working as a Sound Engineer for live bands and done some studio work as well. At the moment I work for a major utility in their Safety and Quality Engineering Section. I am also a part time Deputy Sheriff which is not a bad gig.
    I have a computer degree but I never really put it to use because what I do pays better, however the computer degree helped get me where I am because I assisted in developing software systems that are in use by the entire company.

    My hobbies include computers, photography and RC helicopters and cars…. Though it looks like I may have to venture into Drones to keep up with technology..


    I am very glad to be a part of Android Central and Mobile Nations. I look forward to interacting with people on here and if you have a moment feel free to say hello.

    Mike
    05-15-2017 01:39 PM
  11. Morty2264's Avatar
    Hello! I'm very sorry for the lateness of this introduction post! Here goes!

    Hi, everyone! My name is Cynthia, and I've been an Ambassador for Android Central for a little over a year; and it's been super fun! As well as frequenting this forum, I sometimes pop back in on CrackBerry - where my phone forum journey began some four years ago.

    Apart from my obsession with phones (which I'll get to below), here are a few tidbits about me: I'm short; I love swimming; I work with children; and even though I'm in my late twenties, I still have quite the love for Pokémon, toys, and stuffed animals. My brother calls it my "backwards aging process." Other interests include writing; adoring my cat; and delighting in the art of bugging my boyfriend with random acts of affection ("baked goods! pokes! cards!").

    With regards to phones, I've only recently converted to Android 3-4 years ago. I first started off with BlackBerry devices (white BlackBerry Bold 9780; black BlackBerry Q10); and then, wanting to try something new, I switched to Android - specifically, a Nexus 5. Best introduction to Android ever! And thus started my love for pure, stock Android; and my love for Android in general.

    Next up, I grabbed an LG G3 (double tap to unlock! Great screen size! Love LG's skin!); and then an Honor 8, which I've been using happily for almost a year (white! Love EMUI! Fingerprint scanner! Dual cameras! Shiny!).

    I am always on the lookout for my next device. I still miss my BlackBerry phones and their physical keyboards, though! I can usually be found talking about phones here in the forums; or talking about phones with friends and family IRL.

    As always, it's a pleasure to interact with Android Central and its vast user base.
    11-05-2017 02:06 PM

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