Intro Of An Android Geek: Say Hello To Quentyn

What’s up, phans? As you may already realize, Android has become one of – if not the – hottest entities in the mobile phone space today. With the rapid growth of Android comes the rapid growth of Phandroid: more content, more great readers, and more ‘droid. Introduce me – one of the biggest Android enthusiasts you’ll come to know. Ever since 2007, Google has absolutely taken over my life (even-more-so now with my status as a Phandroid editor) with the mobile phone OS that everyone carefully conditioned “the iPhone killer”.

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While that scenario has yet to materialize – and I fully believe that it will soon – Android has been my personal iPhone killer for a long time now. I was one of those geeked-up WinMo-scarred guys that needed a change of pace as my T-Mobile Shadow and Shadow II left horrible tastes in my mouth.

I acquired my HTC Dream (T-Mobile G1 for those of you subsidized in the US) and my life took a U-turn for the better. I no longer dreaded pulling my phone out of my pocket with the thought of having to stumble through one of the clunkiest operating systems I’ve ever used. I still find it hard to put my phone down to this day. Waking up to check the Android market for updates and new apps has become a regular morning routine – something I do before I even so much as think about my toothbrush. I buy apps that I have no practical intention of using just to support awesome devs that are making Android as a platform shine. It would probably ache my heart to think about developers all but giving up on the platform – GameLoft was ready to do just that but decided to quickly retract their stance.

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Conversely, it warms my heart to read success stories on all fronts: manufacturers pulling in great unit numbers, app developers making exceptional revenue, and end-users enjoying their Android experience to no end. Do I sound weird at all, yet?

Thankfully, Android has far surpassed what I and many others initially imagined it to be. Google’s marketshare continues to rise as each day goes on, new smartphone owners are adopting Android as their first smartphone experience, and many are beginning to call it the next Windows Mobile: not for what Windows Mobile itself is, but for how widely it’s distributed amongst carriers and manufacturers.

I can go on forever slobbing over just how great Android is doing and how many great new phones are coming out, but I would absolutely loathe boring you. Moving forward with Phandroid, I want nothing more than to earn the trust and loyalty of all you great readers as I add another facet of Google’s brainchild to my life. I am so excited to be working with Rob and Kevin on bringing you a new generation of Phandroid (I made that cheesy one up myself) and satisfying your Android itch every time you need it.

If you want, be sure to follow my updates on Twitter. Fair warning: I am not responsible for any psychological damages after you’ve consumed my tweets.

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  • http://phandroid.com Talton "Phases" Pettigrew

    Welcome to the team, Quentyn – we’ve been looking forward to today!

  • DroidRiffic

    I, for one, welcome our new Phandroid editor overlord. I look forward to seeing more content on this site.

  • http://zazzle.com/linckraker* LincKraker

    We are glad to have another author for phandroid.

    i hope the growth of this community continues.

  • http://zazzle.com/linckraker* LincKraker

    I meant to say we are glad to have another author and now an editor.

  • AviationJake

    I too had a WinMo phone – the t-mobile htc dash. I decided I needed a G1 when my dash would not boot up one day. I think I had to take out the SIM card and boot it up without the SIM card first. What a pain that was. I absolutely love my G1 though. I plan on switching to verizon soon and looking forward to the HTC Incredible.

  • Quentyn Kennemer

    Well technically I’m just an author as Kevin is. I just get confused on semantics :) (some sites use editor as a general term for writers).

  • James Jackson

    Welcome Quentyn! I look forward to reading your articles. :)

  • Rob Jackson

    Welcome to the team, Quentyn! I am typing this and you are sitting right next to me – I am officially lame!

  • treefq

    @rob, yes you are :D.

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    Yo.

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  • kathi17

    Great article Quentyn, if you had gone on for another whole page, it wouldn’t have been boring, because all of us who are android fans know how you feel!

    I got the G1 as soon as it was released, (upgraded from the T-Mobile Dash), and I’ll never switch to another OS. As great as the Dash was, I was always frustrated. Since I got my G1, I haven’t been able to stop playing with it. (You can tell that by looking at the cat hair on my rug)!

    I am anxious to upgrade to another Android phone though, Eclair is great on my G1, but I would rather run it on a more powerful phone!

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    Welcome :D

  • Phydeaux

    Welcome! Hopefully some of the new crew will be working the weekend shift. It would be great to get updates on Sat. & Sun.

  • Jason

    “…new smartphone owners are adopting Android as their first smartphone experience.”

    Being as I loathe apple in all forms (computers, music players, phones, etc.) I don’t have a reason I just do. I was very happy to discover Android. My first smart phone is the Eris and I think it is the coolest thing since self adhesive stamps.

    Love this site, love the articles.

    Thanks.

  • chargerman

    I for one came over from the BB side and was a great fan of that but when I got home would put it down. I still have a BB Storm 2, hardly use it, but my “Droid” is like a magnet stuck to my side now. Never have I had a phone or smartphone that I carry so much and I have a need to know where it is at all times and I am 58 years old. Know how you feel Quentin and welcome.