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.

5 reasons to remain skeptical about 5G in 2019

5 reasons to remain skeptical about 5G in 2019

Don't buy into the hype: The 5G revolution isn't ready yet. Here are five big reasons to take everything you're about to hear with a healthy grain of salt.

5 handy Google Fi features you shouldn't forget

5 handy Google Fi features you shouldn't forget

Google's wireless service has some powerful benefits beyond the obvious. Are you taking advantage of everything Fi has to offer?

Google Fi (aka Project Fi): The complete FAQ

Google Fi (aka Project Fi): The complete FAQ

Google Fi can save you money and provide some pretty appealing perks, but there's a lot to wrap your head around before deciding if the service is right for you.

Pixel Slate vs. Pixelbook: The productivity conundrum

Pixel Slate vs. Pixelbook: The productivity conundrum

Google's new Surface-like convertible has plenty of surface-level appeal, but can it stand up to the company's reigning productivity champion?

Gmail encryption: Everything you need to know

Gmail encryption: Everything you need to know

This easy-to-follow guide will help you understand what's going on with Gmail encryption and what you can do to maximize your messaging privacy.

10 Android settings that'll strengthen your security

10 Android settings that'll strengthen your security

Android's own native security options aren't always obvious — but they're absolutely worth your while to embrace and understand.

Hey, LG: How's that 'Software Upgrade Center' going?

Hey, LG: How's that 'Software Upgrade Center' going?

LG promised big things with the launch of its "Software Upgrade Center" in April. Seven months later, it's time to check in — and hold the company accountable.

Pixel 3 vs. Pixel 2: Why smaller bezels aren't that big a deal

Pixel 3 vs. Pixel 2: Why smaller bezels aren't that big a deal

The Pixel 3 packs in more screen space than its predecessor, but those shrunken bezels may not be as significant of an advantage as they initially appear.

9 handy hidden features for Google Maps on Android

9 handy hidden features for Google Maps on Android

Take advantage of all Maps has to offer by tapping into these easily overlooked features and options.

8 noteworthy new features coming to Chromebooks this month

8 noteworthy new features coming to Chromebooks this month

These hidden gems will make Chrome OS more versatile and powerful — but it's up to you to find 'em on your Chromebook.

Android apps: Best of the best

Android apps: Best of the best

Our Android expert highlights the standout apps in the categories that matter most to busy professionals.

The best email and texting apps for Android

The best email and texting apps for Android

Give yourself an edge in business communication with these exceptional Android messaging apps.

A time-saving typing tool that works anywhere in Chrome

A time-saving typing tool that works anywhere in Chrome

Reclaim wasted time and watch your efficiency soar with this spectacularly useful cross-platform add-on.

Google Smart Lock on Chrome OS: 2 fast fixes and a power-user tip

Google Smart Lock on Chrome OS: 2 fast fixes and a power-user tip

Make Smart Lock more effective and efficient with this simple tune-up and time-saving shortcut.

Google's app redesigns are really bumming me out

Google's app redesigns are really bumming me out

Google is slowly shifting its ecosystem from a rich melange of memorable flavors to a forgettable plain vanilla.

Google just quietly gave us a killer midrange Android option

Google just quietly gave us a killer midrange Android option

The broader effects of Google's Pixel gamble are suddenly coming into focus — and for those in the know, the impact is no longer limited to the realm of pricey flagship phones.

Linux apps on Chrome OS: An easy-to-follow guide

Linux apps on Chrome OS: An easy-to-follow guide

Linux apps can expand your Chromebook's capabilities and open up all sorts of interesting options — but first, you have to know where to begin.

Google's most enthusiastic users have good reason to be wary

Google's most enthusiastic users have good reason to be wary

Fan-favorite services aren't all that Google has killed in 2018.

The best office apps for Android

The best office apps for Android

Create an optimal Android office app power-pack with these thoroughly researched recommendations.

The Pixel Slate reality people seem to be missing

The Pixel Slate reality people seem to be missing

The common narrative surrounding Google's platform-straddling Pixel Slate shows that people haven't really been paying attention.

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