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:

Hands on: Meet the convertible Chromebook Flip

How I use Android: SwiftKey bigwig Joe Braidwood

How I use Android: SwiftKey bigwig Joe Braidwood

SwiftKey has transformed the way many of us use our Android devices -- so how does one of the guys behind it use Android himself?

First look: Lenovo's new Moto-inspired Android UI, coming soon to a tablet near you

First look: Lenovo's new Moto-inspired Android UI, coming soon to a tablet near you

Lenovo and Moto are growing closer together in their approaches to Android -- but not in the way some feared that might happen.

A 60-second fix for Lollipop's heads-up notification nuisance

A 60-second fix for Lollipop's heads-up notification nuisance

One minute and two dollars can make your Android Lollipop experience much more pleasant.

Dell Venue 10 7000 review: This isn't your average Android tablet

Dell Venue 10 7000 review: This isn't your average Android tablet

Premium hardware, a stunning display, and stellar software help make this convertible 10-in. tablet stand out for both productivity and play.

9 ways to make the most of your Android device

9 ways to make the most of your Android device

Your Android device is a mighty computer -- so isn't it time you start tapping into its PC-like powers?

LG G4 review: A fine, but not exceptional, phone

LG G4 review: A fine, but not exceptional, phone

The U.S. model of LG's latest Android flagship, the LG G4, has plenty of good qualities, but it doesn't quite make it into the realm of exceptional smartphones.

How I use Android: Developer, writer, and podcaster Gina Trapani

How I use Android: Developer, writer, and podcaster Gina Trapani

An up-close look at how one of Android's busiest stars sets up her home screens -- plus the apps and devices she can't live without.

Sexting, exes, and the Google Photos conundrum

Sexting, exes, and the Google Photos conundrum

Google Photos is great at surfacing old memories -- but what happens when a moment from your past is best left out of the spotlight?

The future of Android: An up-close look at Google Now on Tap

The future of Android: An up-close look at Google Now on Tap

Google's latest innovation is poised to change the way we interact with Android -- and there's far more to it than first meets the eye.

6 features missing from the new Google Photos

6 features missing from the new Google Photos

Dear Google: Please add these features into the new Google Photos. We will love you long time.

16 cool things to try with the new Google Photos

16 cool things to try with the new Google Photos

You've seen the first impressions. You've tried the app yourself. Now check out some of the awesome advanced features tucked inside the new Google Photos.

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