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.

What Chrome OS needs to conquer next

What Chrome OS needs to conquer next

Google's Chromebooks are constantly evolving and expanding in reach, but there's one tremendous opportunity still begging to be seized.

7 handy hidden features in the Gmail Android app

7 handy hidden features in the Gmail Android app

Make the most of Google's Gmail Android app with these out-of-the-way advanced options.

I've finally figured out why foldable phones actually exist

I've finally figured out why foldable phones actually exist

If you think foldable phones are designed to make your life easier, you're probably missing the point.

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? Two years in, how well is it working?

Give Chrome a time-saving tab switcher

Give Chrome a time-saving tab switcher

Your browser has basically become your desktop. Here's how to make it start acting like one.

Google Smart Lock: The complete guide

Google Smart Lock: The complete guide

Google Smart Lock can simplify your smartphone's security and save you time. Are you taking advantage of all it has to offer for Android?

Why the Pixel 5 just got interesting

Why the Pixel 5 just got interesting

A recent discovery about this year's Pixel 5 phone could completely change the conversation about the device — and that might be a very good thing.

6 useful Chrome OS features you probably aren't using

6 useful Chrome OS features you probably aren't using

Teach your Chromebook some helpful new tricks and set yourself up for more effective work — and play.

6 big reasons to try the new Firefox Android preview

6 big reasons to try the new Firefox Android preview

Even if you're mostly content with Chrome, Mozilla's latest Android effort deserves your attention.

16 time-saving Android shortcuts

16 time-saving Android shortcuts

Give your mobile productivity a boost with these easy-to-master Android shortcuts.

Are Android upgrades actually improving? It's complicated

Are Android upgrades actually improving? It's complicated

When it comes to Android upgrades, you shouldn't believe everything you read. Time for a data-backed reality check.

How to make the most of your Pixel's new features

How to make the most of your Pixel's new features

Google's sending a bunch of virtual gifts to Pixel owners this week. Here's how to put the best of the goodies to good use.

Android 10 Upgrade Report Card: Progress is relative

Android 10 Upgrade Report Card: Progress is relative

Six months after Android 10's release, how have device-makers done at getting the software into users' hands? The grades are in — and they hold a few surprises.

Give Google Docs a distraction-free upgrade

Give Google Docs a distraction-free upgrade

This 60-second upgrade will give Google Docs a minimalist makeover and bring newfound focus to your word processing world.

Android file management: An easy-to-follow guide

Android file management: An easy-to-follow guide

From managing files on your phone to seamlessly syncing folders with your computer, this guide will turn you into a certified Android file master.

10 steps to smarter Google account security

10 steps to smarter Google account security

Give yourself some added peace of mind by giving your Google account a thorough set of security reinforcements.

Attention, phone-makers: Our devices aren't your billboards

Attention, phone-makers: Our devices aren't your billboards

Manufacturers are testing our limits more than ever right now — and it's up to us to decide if we want to accept or reject what they're doing.

The 11 most interesting takeaways from Android 11 (so far)

The 11 most interesting takeaways from Android 11 (so far)

From big behavioral changes to small interface enhancements, our first look at Android 11 reveals some promising new shifts.

5 hidden Pixel features worth finding

5 hidden Pixel features worth finding

Got a Google Pixel phone — any Google Pixel phone? These out-of-the-way options will save you time and make your device smarter.

Hey, Google: Maybe it's time to take a lesson from Samsung

Hey, Google: Maybe it's time to take a lesson from Samsung

Google could stand to learn a few things from Samsung's smartphone strategy — but the lesson has little to do with the devices themselves.

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