Jack Wallen certainly isn't new to TechRepublic. In fact, he was one of the very first freelance writers for TechRepublic back in 1999. Jack was hired on as a full-time TechRepublic employee from 2000 until 2005, and with his knowledge and passion for open source technology, he helped build what was LinuxRepublic.com. He returned to his freelance career in 2008, and since then, he's received several awards for his writing on TechRepublic and Linux.com.
One of Jack's goals, as an avid promoter of open source, was to convert as many users to Linux and Android as possible. Over the years, Jack has proven to be a subject matter expert on Android, as well, and an emphasis on Android is certainly needed on the TechRepublic.
According to Jason Hiner, TechRepublic's Global Editor and Chief:
"Android was running on 80% of all smartphones shipped across the world in 2013, but the platform has not been as big of a hit with businesses yet. We expect that to change, and so we're investing in much broader Android coverage. We're thrilled to have one of our most popular writers, Jack Wallen, taking on this beat. Jack is a veteran open source expert and, in recent years, he has been doing a lot of coverage of mobile devices, so he is the perfect writer to help us better serve TechRepublic readers with much broader Android coverage."
Now, as the voice of Android for TechRepublic, Jack is turning his focus to the world's most powerful and flexible mobile platform to evangelize for one of the leading online tech publications. We asked Jack about his new role, to which he replied:
"I am thrilled to have been chosen to cover one of the fastest growing platforms on the planet for TechRepublic. Together, we'll discover how to get things done with Android!"
Here is some of Jack's recent Android content on TechRepublic:
- AppLock will keep prying eyes out of your Android applications
- Android update problem? Here's a quick solution
- Five Android invoicing apps to help you do business
- Five best email apps for Android tablets
- Five free productivity apps for your Android smartphone
Please take a minute to welcome Jack as TechRepublic's Android Expert.Also see: TechRepublic welcomes Alex Howard to write about how tech is driving sweeping changes in society / Welcome Matt Asay, TechRepublic's newest enterprise columnist
Sonja Thompson started at TechRepublic in October 1999. She is a former Senior Editor at TechRepublic.