JR Raphael

Contributing Editor

JR Raphael is a journalist and columnist who’s been covering Android and Chrome OS since their earliest days. His Android Intelligence (née Android Power) column was born at Computerworld in 2010 and has happily made its home there ever since.

JR's Android Intelligence newsletter takes the same basic recipe as the column and turns up the heat. Each issue is jam-packed with productivity tips, perspective on the week’s most impactful Android news, and all sorts of exclusive extras — and best of all, it's delivered right to your inbox every Friday. If you haven't yet subscribed, you're missing out!

You can find JR on Twitter, Google+, or at his personal writing refuge, JRStart.com.

Making sense of Google's hardware pivot

3 areas worth watching in Android Q

3 areas worth watching in Android Q

A series of subtle changes could add up to something significant when it comes to your day-to-day phone-using experience.

Android Q's quietly important improvements

Android Q's quietly important improvements

When we aren't distracted by surface-level features, we can focus on the stuff that really makes an OS update matter — and Android Q's got plenty of that.

13 handy hidden shortcuts for Gboard on Android

13 handy hidden shortcuts for Gboard on Android

Save time and get more accomplished with these super-useful shortcuts for Google's Gboard Android keyboard.

The smarter way to choose a smartphone

The smarter way to choose a smartphone

Whether you're eyeing a Galaxy S10 or a Pixel or considering something else entirely, this unconventional approach will help you accurately assess a phone's actual worth.

Chromebook cheat sheet: How to get started

Chromebook cheat sheet: How to get started

Got a new Chromebook? This guide will help you navigate the ever-expanding world of Chromebook apps and figure out how to make the most of Chrome OS.

8 Android accessibility features that'll enhance any phone

8 Android accessibility features that'll enhance any phone

Hidden among Android's accessibility options are some powerful productivity tools that can add value to any smartphone setup.

Chrome OS: Tips, tools, and other Chromebook intelligence

Chrome OS: Tips, tools, and other Chromebook intelligence

Your one-stop source for Chrome OS advice, insight, and analysis — from someone who's covered Chromebooks closely since the start.

What is Project Treble? The Android upgrade fix explained

What is Project Treble? The Android upgrade fix explained

Google's Project Treble promised to pave the way for faster Android upgrades — so what exactly is it? And how well is it working?

7 fresh Chromebook features to keep an eye on

7 fresh Chromebook features to keep an eye on

Chrome OS is constantly getting updated with interesting new elements — and if you don't know what to watch for, it's easy to miss a worthwhile addition.

The best note-taking apps for Android

The best note-taking apps for Android

Note-takers, take note: Whether you want gobs of features or uber-simplicity, these are the best apps for collecting and managing info on Android.

When did smartphone upgrades become practical downgrades?

When did smartphone upgrades become practical downgrades?

From folding phones to fingerprint flips and premature 5G excitation, almost every recent mobile tech advancement has one curious thing in common.

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