JR Raphael

JR Raphael is a writer as well as a mammal. He’s the guy behind the acclaimed Android Intelligence column and podcast. He writes humor-infused feature stories for a variety of publications and drinks fruit-infused beverages from a variety of glasses. At night, he sleeps.

For more about JR and easy access to all of his stories, head over to his official writing site at JRStart.com. And be sure to come say hi on Twitter or Google+!

The most important thing to consider in your next smartphone purchase

Motorola has become the Polaroid of Android

Motorola has become the Polaroid of Android

And it won't take much for years of memories to fade.

Awesome Android Home Screens: The Googley Hexagon

Awesome Android Home Screens: The Googley Hexagon

Playful colors and simple shapes take center stage in this easy-to-navigate home screen setup.

OK, Google: 160 valuable voice commands for Android

OK, Google: 160 valuable voice commands for Android

Google offers a diverse collection of voice commands for Android. We list 160 that you can use to make your life easier and more efficient.

The better way to track packages with Android

The better way to track packages with Android

Forget all the half-baked apps and high-maintenance options: If you want to get notified whenever a delivery's on the way, this is the way to do it.

My burning question about Google Home

My burning question about Google Home

An intelligent virtual assistant for your home sure sounds appealing -- until you stop and think about one pesky question.

Why Nexus phones are now the only Android phones I wholeheartedly recommend

Why Nexus phones are now the only Android phones I wholeheartedly recommend

When you look at a phone as more than the sum of its parts, you start to see a sharp contrast within the Android ecosystem.

How I Use Android: Franco.Kernel and Focus creator Francisco Franco

How I Use Android: Franco.Kernel and Focus creator Francisco Franco

One of Android's most eclectic developers walks us through his own personal smartphone setup -- including a surprising admission about his primary device.

Android apps on Chromebooks: Don't expect instant magic

Android apps on Chromebooks: Don't expect instant magic

When it comes to a feature this far-reaching, perspective is everything.

Podcast: Developer confessions with Nova Launcher's Kevin Barry and Action Launcher's Chris Lacy

Podcast: Developer confessions with Nova Launcher's Kevin Barry and Action Launcher's Chris Lacy

Two of Android's most accomplished indie developers discuss the challenges of making a living from the platform -- plus myths vs. realities about the operating system and how Google might surprise us next.

Awesome Android Home Screens: The Chrome Phone

Awesome Android Home Screens: The Chrome Phone

Give your Android home screen a Chrome OS-like makeover with this spiffy custom setup.

U-turns ahead: 10 times Google has flip-flopped with Android

U-turns ahead: 10 times Google has flip-flopped with Android

Has any platform undergone as much back-and-forth change as Android?

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