JR Raphael

Contributing Editor

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+!


How to supercharge your Android phone's fingerprint scanner

How to supercharge your Android phone's fingerprint scanner

Your phone's fingerprint scanner is quite literally always at your fingertips -- so why not make it even more useful?

Going back to a small phone is a really big deal

Going back to a small phone is a really big deal

Some reflections on size and our most personal handheld gizmos.

Android's App Shortcuts are held back by Apple's influence

Android's App Shortcuts are held back by Apple's influence

The real problem with Google's take on 3D Touch? It tries too hard to emulate Apple instead of just focusing on good user experience.

How to use Google Photos as a screensaver on Android TV

How to use Google Photos as a screensaver on Android TV

Android TV does everything Chromecast can do -- except for one little but lovable feature that's oddly M.I.A. Here's how to get it back.

Why my family is ditching Chromecast for Android TV (yes, really)

Why my family is ditching Chromecast for Android TV (yes, really)

After three years of casting videos to our TV with Chromecast, we've made the move back to a set-top box -- for one very specific reason.

What Google Assistant needs is clarity -- and consistency

What Google Assistant needs is clarity -- and consistency

Across its various forms and incarnations, Google's new "universal" helper seems to be suffering from a bit of an identity crisis.

Google Home has a glaring flaw

Google Home has a glaring flaw

Before you put Google's voice-activated virtual assistant to work in your home, there's something you should know about how it operates.

How I Use Android: EvolveSMS and Talon developer Luke Klinker

How I Use Android: EvolveSMS and Talon developer Luke Klinker

One of Android's busiest developers gives us a glimpse at his personal home screen setup and talks about the apps and devices that help him stay productive.

Why Apple-to-Android upgrade comparisons are utterly meaningless

Why Apple-to-Android upgrade comparisons are utterly meaningless

Everyone who pits iPhone and Android upgrades against each other makes the same critical mistake -- one that makes all such comparisons completely fruitless.

Google's Pixel phone should come with a three-year update guarantee

Google's Pixel phone should come with a three-year update guarantee

For a pricey phone that's supposed to show off "the best Google experience," can't we do better than a standard two-year promise for operating system updates?

Google's Pixel phone is much more than the sum of its parts

Google's Pixel phone is much more than the sum of its parts

If you're looking at Google's Pixel as Just Another Android Phone, you're missing what really matters.

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