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+!

Google's Allo is a solution in search of a problem

Pixel phones and the birth of Bizarro Google

Pixel phones and the birth of Bizarro Google

Google's setting the stage for a major hardware announcement in October, but you don't have to wait til then to see some serious signs of change.

Android is slowly sliding back into old bad habits

Android is slowly sliding back into old bad habits

Android has a lot of good things going for it, but not all of Google's recent progress has been positive.

How to get free home phone service from Google

How to get free home phone service from Google

Free? Check. Convenient? Check. This little-known service is waiting to supplement your smartphone -- if you know how to take advantage of it.

Project Fi has a powerful bonus feature hidden in plain sight

Project Fi has a powerful bonus feature hidden in plain sight

An unassuming option can change the way you think about mobile technology -- but only if you see it for its full potential.

How I Use Android: Google designer and engineer Roman Nurik

How I Use Android: Google designer and engineer Roman Nurik

A driving force behind Android design and development shares the ins and outs of his own personal Android setup.

Android 7.0's arrival is anticlimactic -- and that's A-OK

Android 7.0's arrival is anticlimactic -- and that's A-OK

This week's Android 7.0 Nougat launch was decidedly unexciting -- but crazy as it sounds on the surface, that's actually a good thing.

Android 7.0, Nougat: The complete FAQ

Android 7.0, Nougat: The complete FAQ

Google's Android 7.0 Nougat release is full of fresh new features and flavors. This detailed (and delightfully chewy!) FAQ has everything you need to know.

Now, this is how Google Now should work on the desktop

Now, this is how Google Now should work on the desktop

An experimental new Chrome feature shows us how Google could bring its personalized assistant to the desktop in a way that'd make sense.

The problem with Google's new Duo video chat app

The problem with Google's new Duo video chat app

Call me crazy, but this latest effort to reshape our mobile chatting habits sure feels familiar.

20 minutes with the original Motorola Droid: Well, that didn't go as expected

20 minutes with the original Motorola Droid: Well, that didn't go as expected

An attempt to revisit Android's early days presents an interesting challenge.

No, 900 million Android devices are not at risk from the 'Quadrooter' monster

No, 900 million Android devices are not at risk from the 'Quadrooter' monster

Another day, another overblown Android security scare. Who's ready for a reality check?

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