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:

SwiftKey's sale and the unsustainable state of the mobile app market

The danger of blind brand loyalty

The danger of blind brand loyalty

It's time for us as consumers to get our priorities straight.

The Android malware monster will never die

The Android malware monster will never die

But here's the dirty little secret security software vendors don't want you to know: There's really no reason to be scared.

3 years with Google Keep: Where it shines and where it (still) falls short

3 years with Google Keep: Where it shines and where it (still) falls short

An honest look at the state of Google's note-taking service from a guy who relies on it almost every day.

Android battery life not all it could be? Try this

Android battery life not all it could be? Try this

Smartphone battery life can be a complicated issue -- but as I learned while troubleshooting my own phone this week, the solution can sometimes be surprisingly simple.

How I use Android: Writer and Android Power author JR Raphael

How I use Android: Writer and Android Power author JR Raphael

Time for yours truly to take a turn at the challenge. An up-close tour of my own personal Android setup, including my obsessively organized home screens.

Got Marshmallow? 6 cool things to try with Android 6.0

Got Marshmallow? 6 cool things to try with Android 6.0

Google's Android 6.0 release is oozing with interesting features -- including some that are easily overlooked.

The 'smart'-everything trend has officially turned stupid

The 'smart'-everything trend has officially turned stupid

As this year's CES has shown us, there's a difference between making something connected because it's possible and making something connected because it's practical.

6 New Year's resolutions for Android fans in 2016

6 New Year's resolutions for Android fans in 2016

A set of realistic goals to sharpen your smartphone experience -- and save you money! -- this coming year.

Android power! 2015's top tips, tricks, and buying advice

Android power! 2015's top tips, tricks, and buying advice

Whether you're shopping for a new gadget or ready to make your current device do more, this guide has everything you need to make this holiday season count.

Now's the time to perform a personal Android security audit

Now's the time to perform a personal Android security audit

Whether you're an amateur or an expert, this simple 10-step checkup is important -- and worth doing at least once a year.

24 hours with Acer's Chromebook R11: A compact convertible worth considering

24 hours with Acer's Chromebook R11: A compact convertible worth considering

Acer's new Chromebook R11 isn't your average Chromebook -- and that's precisely why it might be worth your while.

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