Bio

JR Raphael has been covering Android since the early 1800s (those first couple centuries were admittedly somewhat slow). He is a contributing editor at Computerworld, a contributing editor at PCWorld, and a regular contributor to numerous other publications, both in print and online.

JR launched Android Power in 2010 to serve as an unfiltered home for his various mobile musings. His goal with the blog is simple: to deliver a diverse mix of unique and original content that goes beyond the basic headlines. Whether it's news, views, or how-to's, Android Power is all about providing interesting information and insights -- not the same ol' stuff you've already seen everywhere else.

Since its start, Android Power stories have been quoted, cited, and discussed by everyone from Wired, Lifehacker, and Engadget to USA Today, CNN, and NPR. The blog has earned multiple National Azbee Awards and more than a few nasty comments from the Internet’s Apple faithful.

In his spare time, JR cracks wise at eSarcasm, voted 0.2 times as the best geek-humor website in the world. He enjoys staring blankly, employing the vernacular, and writing about himself in the third-person.

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Latest Posts by JR
Ever wish you could do things like toggle your phone's Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or flashlight by giving simple voice commands? Thanks to a clever little hack, you now can.
July 22, 2014 1:08 PM EDT

With a little bit of behind-the-scenes customization, you can turn Gmail and Android Wear into an intelligently coordinated team. So what are you waiting for?

July 17, 2014 11:52 AM EDT

Voice commands are the easiest way to interact with Android Wear watches -- but it's all too easy to forget just how versatile those commands can be.

July 15, 2014 11:38 AM EDT

Most Android Wear apps provide additional watch-specific functions, but one program actually fills a big gap in the operating system itself.

July 14, 2014 11:58 AM EDT

While other Android Wear watches feel like clunky screens strapped to your wrist, the Moto 360 feels like an elegant watch that also happens to do cool things. Here's a hands-on look.

July 10, 2014 11:37 AM EDT

We had nine burning questions about Google's Android Wear smartwatches -- and now, we have nine detailed answers.

July 08, 2014 10:45 AM EDT

Where, oh where, are these Android Wear features? Several things Google teased in its initial Android Wear announcement are nowhere to be found in the first Wear watches.

July 01, 2014 1:28 PM EDT

LG's G Watch and Samsung's Gear Live may look similar at a glance, but the longer you use the two Android Wear devices, the more differences you notice.

June 30, 2014 1:35 PM EDT

The first two Android Wear smartwatches are here! Time to go hands on after a full day with the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live.

June 26, 2014 7:49 PM EDT
We've been hearing about Android Wear for months -- so what it's actually like to use? Here's a detailed hands-on look at Google's new smartwatch platform.
June 26, 2014 3:59 PM EDT
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