JR Raphael

Contributing Editor

JR Raphael is a writer as well as a mammal. He’s the guy behind the acclaimed Android Intelligence column at Computerworld. 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+!

O my! 5 key takeaways from Google's Android O preview

O my! 5 key takeaways from Google's Android O preview

A simple breakdown and some important perspective on what matters the most with Google's first Android O preview.

Android O makes my notification wish come true

Android O makes my notification wish come true

An easily overlooked option in Google's Android O software may end up being one of the release's most useful new features.

'Artificial intelligence' has become meaningless marketing jargon

'Artificial intelligence' has become meaningless marketing jargon

Watch out, Android users: A new empty buzzword is in town, and it goes by the initials A.I.

7 handy hidden features for Google Play Music

7 handy hidden features for Google Play Music

Crank up the volume on your music-listening experience with these seven out-of-sight options.

16 months later, YouTube Music is still a missed opportunity

16 months later, YouTube Music is still a missed opportunity

Google's vast library of rare and live music could be a major selling point for the company's streaming music service. Instead, it's a barely-connected footnote.

7 new tricks to try with Google Assistant on Android

7 new tricks to try with Google Assistant on Android

Google's next-gen A.I. Assistant is landing on Android phones left and right this week. Here's how to make the most of its new-to-you features.

How to disable Chrome's obnoxious Ctrl-Shift-Q shortcut

How to disable Chrome's obnoxious Ctrl-Shift-Q shortcut

In case, you know, you don't want to throw away all your active tabs by mistake.

What's the answer to Android's upgrade problem?

What's the answer to Android's upgrade problem?

Improving Android's upgrade situation is anything but easy -- but if you look closely, you'll see that Google's already working toward its own kind of fix.

The ugly truth behind Android's upgrade problem

The ugly truth behind Android's upgrade problem

Android device-makers are sending a loud and clear message -- and it's time we all start listening.

Android Upgrade Report Card: Grading the manufacturers on Nougat

Android Upgrade Report Card: Grading the manufacturers on Nougat

Six months after Nougat's release, how have different Android manufacturers done at delivering upgrades to their devices? A sobering analysis.

Google Docs on Android has an interesting hidden option

Google Docs on Android has an interesting hidden option

If you use Docs but deal with Microsoft Office formats at least some of the time, you'll want to know about this inconspicuous little setting.

2 powerful new features on their way to Android right now

2 powerful new features on their way to Android right now

Surprise! A couple of cool new features may be lurking in your phone's settings this very minute. Ready to find 'em?

I went on an Android app diet, and I've never felt better

I went on an Android app diet, and I've never felt better

I'm not sure how to tell you this, buddy, but you're starting to look a little bloated.

One more time: An LTE smartwatch is a stupid idea

One more time: An LTE smartwatch is a stupid idea

"Look, ma: I've got a gigantic awkward phone on my wrist!"

3 months with Google Home: Fun, functional, and frustrating

3 months with Google Home: Fun, functional, and frustrating

The sometimes-surprising realities of having Google's new virtual assistant in your home.

How I Use Android: Material Podcast host and UX designer Yasmine Evjen

How I Use Android: Material Podcast host and UX designer Yasmine Evjen

The person behind one of Android's most powerful voices powers up her personal phone to show us what's inside.

The unlikely company behind Android's most improved app

The unlikely company behind Android's most improved app

Well, tickle my tootsies and call me Mildred. Could this be for real?

8 useful Google apps you probably aren't using

8 useful Google apps you probably aren't using

These easily overlooked Android apps are all made by Google -- and they're all worth your while.

Google desperately needs a simple messaging strategy

Google desperately needs a simple messaging strategy

A long overdue update to Google Voice highlights just how complex and confusing the company's mess of messaging services has become.

30 tasty tips for Android Nougat

30 tasty tips for Android Nougat

Take full advantage of your phone's latest features with this collection of 30 tips for Android Nougat (Android 7.0 and 7.1).

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