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.

Android's consistency crisis

Android's consistency crisis

The sense of cohesiveness Google fought to achieve in Android is fading fast, but it isn't too late to save it — if Google actually wants to.

Give Google Docs some powerful new shortcuts

Give Google Docs some powerful new shortcuts

If you use Google Docs and care about productivity, this time-saving upgrade is something you won't want to miss.

Galaxy reality check: 4 big reasons to avoid Samsung's Android phones

Galaxy reality check: 4 big reasons to avoid Samsung's Android phones

Samsung's Galaxy phones may have the best-known brand within Android, but they come with some underemphasized downsides every serious user should consider.

5 new Chrome OS features you should find right now

5 new Chrome OS features you should find right now

Got a Chromebook? These advanced, mostly out-of-sight options will grant your computer new powers and change the way you work (for real!).

The game-changing Google trend to watch in 2021

The game-changing Google trend to watch in 2021

A whole new side of Google is taking shape right in front of our eyes, but you really have to step back and look carefully to see it.

6 smart steps to get your Android phone in tip-top shape for 2021

6 smart steps to get your Android phone in tip-top shape for 2021

These simple bits of maintenance will clean up your phone and give you a maximally efficient, secure foundation for the new year.

The best note-taking apps for Android

The best note-taking apps for Android

Note-takers, take note: Whether you want gobs of features or uber-simplicity, these are the best apps for collecting and managing info on Android.

2020's most important Chrome OS advice and analysis

2020's most important Chrome OS advice and analysis

Calling all Chromebook owners: Your holiday reading list awaits you.

Chrome OS: Tips, tools, and other Chromebook intelligence

Chrome OS: Tips, tools, and other Chromebook intelligence

Your one-stop source for Chrome OS advice, insight, and analysis — from someone who's covered Chromebooks closely since the start.

20 Android tips you shouldn't miss from 2020

20 Android tips you shouldn't miss from 2020

Make the most of the upcoming holiday break with these standout tips for your favorite Android phone.

Android security: Analysis, advice, and next-level knowledge

Android security: Analysis, advice, and next-level knowledge

Expand your Android security knowledge with this comprehensive collection of level-headed resources.

6 fast fixes for common Google Drive problems

6 fast fixes for common Google Drive problems

Eliminate annoyances and say sayonara to storage struggles with these easy-to-implement, expert-approved solutions.

Google just quietly set the stage for a Chrome OS explosion

Google just quietly set the stage for a Chrome OS explosion

A subtle-seeming Google purchase paves the way for a dramatic expansion of Chrome OS's reach — and a dramatic reimagining of what a Chromebook even is.

The best Android apps for business in 2021

The best Android apps for business in 2021

Our Android expert highlights the standout apps in the categories that matter most to busy professionals.

The bit of Googley brilliance Android needs to borrow from Chrome OS

The bit of Googley brilliance Android needs to borrow from Chrome OS

One of Android's worst lingering pain points could be improved immensely with a little help from a familiar Google cousin.

The best email and texting apps for Android

The best email and texting apps for Android

Give yourself an edge in business communication with these exceptional Android messaging apps.

The (subtle) second coming of Google+

The (subtle) second coming of Google+

Google may have given up on its official social service, but it never really left the underlying ambitions behind.

10 ways Google Assistant devices can help with working from home

10 ways Google Assistant devices can help with working from home

Whether you're using an Assistant-enabled speaker or a screen-packin' Smart Display, having a virtual genie at your desk can bring a serious boost to your home-working productivity.

How to create your own custom Chrome address bar actions

How to create your own custom Chrome address bar actions

Save time and zip around your browser like a pro with this massively improved (and immediately available!) take on Google's new Chrome Actions system.

How to better separate your work and personal life on Android

How to better separate your work and personal life on Android

With a little creative configuring, you can create totally separate work and personal profiles on any Android phone — and give your brain some actual time off.

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