JR Raphael

Contributing Editor

JR Raphael is a journalist and columnist who’s been covering Android and Chrome OS since their earliest days. His Android Intelligence (née Android Power) column was born at Computerworld in 2010 and has happily made its home there ever since.

JR's Android Intelligence newsletter takes the same basic recipe as the column and turns up the heat. Each issue is jam-packed with productivity tips, perspective on the week’s most impactful Android news, and all sorts of exclusive extras — and best of all, it's delivered right to your inbox every Friday. If you haven't yet subscribed, you're missing out!

You can find JR on Twitter, Google+, or at his personal writing refuge, JRStart.com.

Google's Chrome OS pivot matters more than you think

Miss Inbox? Gmail has hidden remnants of its sorting superpowers

Miss Inbox? Gmail has hidden remnants of its sorting superpowers

Whether you adored Google's old Inbox app or not, these advanced sorting functions left over from the service are well worth uncovering — and putting to use.

Android versions: A living history from 1.0 to 11

Android versions: A living history from 1.0 to 11

Explore Android's ongoing evolution with this visual timeline of versions, starting B.C. (Before Cupcake) and going all the way to 2020's Android 11 release.

How to get Android 11's best features on any phone today

How to get Android 11's best features on any phone today

Bring Android 11's most practical touches onto any phone this minute with these crafty and easily implemented workarounds.

Linux apps on Chrome OS: An easy-to-follow guide

Linux apps on Chrome OS: An easy-to-follow guide

Linux apps can expand your Chromebook's capabilities and open up all sorts of interesting options — but first, you have to know where to begin.

7 smart adjustments to make Android 11 more efficient

7 smart adjustments to make Android 11 more efficient

Google's Android 11 update is rolling out right now, but not everything about the software is fully optimized out of the box.

The Chromebook's new secret weapon

The Chromebook's new secret weapon

Chrome OS is getting a super-Googley new superpower — and if we're lucky, Android might soon follow suit.

5 fantastic Android 10 features you probably forget to use

5 fantastic Android 10 features you probably forget to use

While you're waiting for Android 11, reintroduce yourself to these helpful but easily overlooked Android 10 gems.

12 ways Google Lens can make you more productive on Android

12 ways Google Lens can make you more productive on Android

Google Lens can turn you into a mobile-tech magician, but it's up to you to find it — and figure out how to put it to use.

How to save time with advanced Gmail templates

How to save time with advanced Gmail templates

Stop typing the same stuff over and over and start letting smart technology do the work for you.

Android and the art of awkward timing

Android and the art of awkward timing

"Hello! Here's an interesting new feature you'd almost certainly like to use. There's just one thing..."

A super-handy new Calendar scheduling feature for Gmail

A super-handy new Calendar scheduling feature for Gmail

This clever new setup lets you connect Google Calendar to Gmail and then schedule meetings right from your inbox — without any hassle.

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