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.

8 hidden Pixel features for smarter calling

8 hidden Pixel features for smarter calling

Let your Pixel phone make your life easier with these exceptionally effective annoyance-eliminating options.

10 easy steps to make Chrome faster and more secure

10 easy steps to make Chrome faster and more secure

Looking to speed up Chrome? Give us 10 minutes, and we'll give you a noticeably better browsing experience.

A fascinating twist at the intersection of Android and Chrome OS

A fascinating twist at the intersection of Android and Chrome OS

Think you've seen all there is to see with Google's Android-Chrome-OS alignment? Think again, baby.

The glorious return of the scrappy Android underdogs

The glorious return of the scrappy Android underdogs

The Android hardware startups are back — and you'd better believe it's worth your while to notice.

A four-part Pixel notification transformation

A four-part Pixel notification transformation

This quick 'n' easy enhancement will change how you interact with your Pixel's notifications — for the better.

14 handy hidden features in the Gmail Android app

14 handy hidden features in the Gmail Android app

Make the most of Google's Gmail Android app with these out-of-the-way advanced options.

Android versions: A living history from 1.0 to 13

Android versions: A living history from 1.0 to 13

Explore Android's ongoing evolution with this visual timeline of versions, starting B.C. (Before Cupcake) and going all the way to 2022's still-under-development Android 13 release.

10 hidden tricks for making the most of Android gestures

10 hidden tricks for making the most of Android gestures

Get around your phone faster than ever with these easy-to-miss advanced shortcuts for Android's gesture navigation system.

A hidden gem in Gboard on Android

A hidden gem in Gboard on Android

Tap into this step-saving slice of sorcery lurking within your Android phone's keyboard and watch your on-the-go efficiency soar.

5 easy ways to make Android more ergonomic

5 easy ways to make Android more ergonomic

Give your hands a break with these simple yet supremely effective tricks for more optimal ergonomics on Android.

Meet Chrome OS Flex, Google's new weapon for desktop domination

Meet Chrome OS Flex, Google's new weapon for desktop domination

Is that an old Windows system or a current Chrome OS computer? Google's getting ready to blur the lines of desktop computing in some seriously shape-shifting ways.

Pixel power! 42 advanced Assistant actions for any Pixel phone

Pixel power! 42 advanced Assistant actions for any Pixel phone

Pixel owners, listen up: You've got exclusive access to some of Android's most advanced Assistant time-savers — but it's up to you to figure out how to use 'em.

6 secret settings for better browsing in Chrome on Android

6 secret settings for better browsing in Chrome on Android

Supercharge your smartphone browsing experience with these powerful yet completely concealed options for Google's Chrome Android app.

Fly around your phone with Android's hidden voice command center

Fly around your phone with Android's hidden voice command center

Save yourself all sorts of valuable time by tapping into one of Android's best buried treasures.

42 ways Google Assistant can make you more efficient on Android

42 ways Google Assistant can make you more efficient on Android

Google Assistant has some genuinely useful productivity tools for professionals — and it's up to you to learn how to use them.

Test your outrage over Google's new Topics advertising system

Test your outrage over Google's new Topics advertising system

Is Google's latest plan for balancing privacy with advertising actually a problem? These four revealing questions will help you find out.

The ambitious Android tablet option Google tossed away

The ambitious Android tablet option Google tossed away

This wild Android tablet concept could have completely changed the way we interact with our devices. Ready to pop the red pill?

Android's forgotten shortcut superpowers

Android's forgotten shortcut superpowers

These out-of-sight Android shortcuts can make you meaningfully more efficient — if you (a) figure out how to tap into their full potential and (b) remember to use 'em.

24 advanced tips for Android 12

24 advanced tips for Android 12

Make the most of Google's Android 12 software with these expert-approved steps and adjustments.

The cold, bitter truth about the Android-iOS messaging mess

The cold, bitter truth about the Android-iOS messaging mess

Google's getting all worked over the way Apple handles messages from Android users, but the reality of the situation isn't quite as black and white as it seems.

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