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.

The Microsoft-Android transformation is about to affect us all

The Microsoft-Android transformation is about to affect us all

Blink and you might miss it, but Microsoft is little by little reshaping Google's mobile ecosystem for the better — and all signs suggest it's only getting started.

Google Fi: The complete FAQ

Google Fi: The complete FAQ

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

Google Voice deserves your attention (again)

Google Voice deserves your attention (again)

A once-abandoned Google service is finding new life — and deserves a second look.

The best Android widgets for busy professionals

The best Android widgets for busy professionals

Turn your Android home screen into a powerful productivity hub with these exceptional, business-friendly widgets.

Android versions: A living history from 1.0 to 11

Android versions: A living history from 1.0 to 11

Explore Android's ongoing evolution with this visual timeline of versions, starting B.C. (Before Cupcake) and going all the way to 2020's Android 11 release.

6 handy hidden features in Google Docs on Android

6 handy hidden features in Google Docs on Android

Boost your mobile productivity with these power-packed, time-saving features in the Docs Android app.

 This should be the future of Android messaging

This should be the future of Android messaging

Android 11 lays the groundwork for a clever new kind of streamlined messaging experience — but what we're seeing now is only half the story.

The wild thing about Windows apps on Chrome OS

The wild thing about Windows apps on Chrome OS

With Google working to bring Windows software onto Chromebooks, things are about to get seriously weird.

9 hidden gems worth digging up in Android 11

9 hidden gems worth digging up in Android 11

Google's latest Android software has some interesting and extraordinarily practical new touches — if you know where to look.

Android 11's most important additions

Android 11's most important additions

Don't let the shiny new features fool you: The most consequential changes in Google's new Android 11 Beta are the ones most people probably won't even notice.

Imagine an 'Android Pro' subscription

Imagine an 'Android Pro' subscription

Google's missing a major opportunity to build its business while elevating the experience of its most enthusiastic users.

The key point most Android vs. iOS arguments miss

The key point most Android vs. iOS arguments miss

People (and, ahem, companies) comparing Android to iOS keep making the same silly mistake. Don't let yourself fall for it.

The ultimate guide to privacy on Android

The ultimate guide to privacy on Android

Take back control and decide exactly how information is used on your Android phone.

5 more hidden Pixel features worth finding

5 more hidden Pixel features worth finding

Time for a fresh set of easily overlooked, next-level options for your favorite Pixel phone.

Getting started with Google Password Manager

Getting started with Google Password Manager

Your brain is not an effective password manager. Google's got a better option.

The Android hardware truth Google won't tell you

The Android hardware truth Google won't tell you

Google doesn't like to talk about it, but there's one type of Android hardware you really shouldn't be buying.

How to make the most of Android's new Assistant add-on

How to make the most of Android's new Assistant add-on

Google's got a spectacular new system for interacting with Assistant on Android — but you really have to go out of your way to uncover its potential.

3 must-have Google Meet add-ons

3 must-have Google Meet add-ons

These standout enhancements will supercharge your virtual meetings and make Google's videoconferencing service more effective than ever.

The Pixel phone's Motion Sense mystery

The Pixel phone's Motion Sense mystery

Google's latest Pixel phone had what should have been a killer new kind of mobile technology. But we may never get to experience its full potential.

The best Android apps for business in 2020

The best Android apps for business in 2020

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

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