JR Raphael

JR Raphael is a writer as well as a mammal. His stories are syndicated in dozens of publications and frequently clicked on by cats pawing haphazardly at their owners’ phones.

With a reputation as both "a leading voice in the mobile space" and "a guy who makes up quotes about his reputation," JR spends much of his time these days covering Android and other parts of the Google universe. He launched the Android Power blog in 2010 to serve as an unfiltered home for his various mobile musings. The blog has since grown to include a diverse mix of analysis, hands-on impressions, and consumer advice (which, in the spirit of full disclosure, is alarmingly high in unsaturated fat).

Android Power aside, JR is a contributing editor at Computerworld, where he reviews phones, tablets, and other devices; a regular contributor to InfoWorld, where he writes long-form feature stories; and a contributor to several other publications. The Washington Post, NBCNews.com, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek are just a few of the places where his byline has appeared.

JR is a frequent guest on the TWiT Network’s All About Android show as well as Mobile Nations’ Android Central Podcast. He has appeared on ABC World News and been cited in such places as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and USA Today. He was even quoted in Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of Steve Jobs (yes, really!).

Despite his refusal to comb his hair, JR’s work has been honored with numerous awards, including two Emmys, three Murrows, and a smattering of top distinctions from the Associated Press. He has also been honored by the American Moustache Institute, though he’s been advised to keep that one quiet.

In his spare time, JR enjoys blinking, drawing polka dots, and imagining a world with no hypothetical situations.

Keep up with JR:

Material Design, 1 year later: How Pocket and Pocket Casts conquered Google's vision

Google I/O 2015: Live blog and streaming video

Google I/O 2015: Live blog and streaming video

Live play-by-play commentary and streaming video from Google I/O 2015 at San Francisco's Moscone Center.

Android, Chrome OS, and the future of Google's platforms

Android, Chrome OS, and the future of Google's platforms

Android and Chrome OS are destined to come together -- but not necessarily in the way you might think.

Android upgrade report card: Grading the manufacturers on Lollipop

Android upgrade report card: Grading the manufacturers on Lollipop

Six months after Lollipop's release, how have the major Android manufacturers done at delivering upgrades to their devices?

How I use Android: Android VP Brian Rakowski

How I use Android: Android VP Brian Rakowski

One of Google's Android VPs gives us the skinny on his favorite apps and devices -- plus an up-close look at how he sets up the home screens on his own personal phone.

LG Watch Urbane vs. Moto 360: A detailed real-world comparison

LG Watch Urbane vs. Moto 360: A detailed real-world comparison

LG Watch Urbane or Moto 360 -- which Android Wear watch to get? An in-depth comparison based on extended real-life use.

How good is the LG G4 camera? A real-world evaluation

How good is the LG G4 camera? A real-world evaluation

LG has been making big promises about the camera its new G4 smartphone. We ran it through some tests to see if it delivers.

Living with the LG Watch Urbane: Android Wear at its best

Living with the LG Watch Urbane: Android Wear at its best

The LG Watch Urbane brings a traditional timepiece style to the Android Wear world -- but it's what's beyond the surface that really makes this smartwatch shine.

Android Wear on Wi-Fi: Using a smartwatch without a phone nearby

Android Wear on Wi-Fi: Using a smartwatch without a phone nearby

Google's latest Android Wear update lets your smartwatch stay connected when your phone isn't present. Magic? Kind of. Here's what it's like to use.

9 exceptional Android Wear watch faces

9 exceptional Android Wear watch faces

Bring your Android Wear watch to life with these nine downloadable faces that show just how awesome a smartwatch can be.

Hands on: 24 hours with the LG G4

Hands on: 24 hours with the LG G4

LG's latest flagship Android phone is turning lots of heads -- and after spending 24 hours with the device, it's easy to see why.

OneTouch Idol 3 review: How good can a $250 smartphone be?

OneTouch Idol 3 review: How good can a $250 smartphone be?

With its biometric eye-scanning and reversible body, Alcatel's OneTouch Idol 3 is definitely not your typical budget-level device.

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