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.

Android apps for Chromebooks: The essentials

Android apps for Chromebooks: The essentials

Turn your Chromebook into a uniquely versatile modern computing machine with these Chrome-OS-enhancing apps.

Android Pie and Project Treble: Did Google's upgrade fix work?

Android Pie and Project Treble: Did Google's upgrade fix work?

It's finally time for the first real test of Google's effort to improve Android upgrades — and the results reveal some sobering truths.

Why Android upgrades absolutely matter

Why Android upgrades absolutely matter

If you think Android OS updates are relevant only for what you see on the surface, you aren't thinking deeply enough.

Android Upgrade Report Card: Grading the manufacturers on Pie

Android Upgrade Report Card: Grading the manufacturers on Pie

Six months after Pie's release, how have Android device-makers done at getting the upgrade into users' hands? The grades are in — and they aren't exactly exceptional.

22 top tips for Google Keep on Android

22 top tips for Google Keep on Android

Turn Google's note-taking app into a powerful mobile productivity tool with these easy-to-follow tips.

Is Chrome OS right for you? A 3-question quiz to find out

Is Chrome OS right for you? A 3-question quiz to find out

Chromebooks aren't like regular computers — so are they right for your needs? These three questions will help you find the answer.

Android Pie: 30 advanced tips and tricks

Android Pie: 30 advanced tips and tricks

Get the most out of Google's Android 9 software with these easy-to-follow productivity-boosting tips.

Goodbye, Google Inbox: The Inbox-to-Gmail survival guide

Goodbye, Google Inbox: The Inbox-to-Gmail survival guide

Breakups are never easy, but going from Google's Inbox app back to Gmail doesn't have to be heartbreaking — if you plan your transition wisely.

Android's stalled revolutions

Android's stalled revolutions

With each new Android release, we hear about plenty of promising-sounding new features — but sometimes, things don't pan out exactly as expected.

Android dark mode today: 15 apps with out-of-the-way switches

Android dark mode today: 15 apps with out-of-the-way switches

Android Q is expected to bring a system-wide dark mode to smartphones everywhere, but you can get some of the benefits of that approach right now — if you know where to look.

3 things to consider about those early Android Q clues

3 things to consider about those early Android Q clues

An early glimpse at Android Q is revealing — but if you really want to grasp Google's Android plans for 2019, you have to look beyond the surface of the recent leak.

The best Linux apps for Chromebooks

The best Linux apps for Chromebooks

Make your Chromebook even more capable with this carefully selected set of Linux apps for expanding Chrome OS's potential as a business tool.

Android Q dreaming: Imagine the notification inbox

Android Q dreaming: Imagine the notification inbox

Smartphone notifications come and go and are all too easy to get lost in the shuffle. What if there were a better way?

The 15-minute Chromebook tune-up

The 15-minute Chromebook tune-up

Make your Chromebook faster, smarter, and more pleasant to use with these easy-to-follow annual steps.

The 15-minute Android phone tune-up

The 15-minute Android phone tune-up

A few minutes of maintenance each year can keep your Android phone running like a well-oiled machine.

7 Android trends to watch in 2019

7 Android trends to watch in 2019

Empty predictions are a dime a dozen — but with mobile tech in particular, long-term trends can tell us a lot about what the future may hold.

Chrome Remote Desktop: The easy way to access a remote computer

Chrome Remote Desktop: The easy way to access a remote computer

Want to sign into a computer from another desktop or a mobile device? Here's how to use Google's Remote Desktop to make the connection.

Android 2019 primer: 10 bits of telling analysis to mull over

Android 2019 primer: 10 bits of telling analysis to mull over

'Tis the season for looking back — and looking ahead.

2018's most important Chrome OS advice and analysis

2018's most important Chrome OS advice and analysis

Calling all Chromebook owners: Your holiday reading list awaits you.

65 Chromebook tips for maximum productivity

65 Chromebook tips for maximum productivity

Supercharge your Chrome OS experience with these time-saving tricks and techniques.

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