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.

How to create a complete Microsoft experience on Android

How to create a complete Microsoft experience on Android

Forget Windows Phone: With the right set of software, you can turn any Android device into a Microsoft-centric, PC-syncing machine.

Hold the pitchforks! 2 overlooked realities about Android upgrades

Hold the pitchforks! 2 overlooked realities about Android upgrades

Yes, Android upgrades are a mess — but in bemoaning the real problems, too many people ignore the broader realities around them.

Android P is a perfect example of why OS updates still matter

Android P is a perfect example of why OS updates still matter

It's easy to see the present form of Android P as lacking in pizzazz, but our first glimpse at Google's next effort speaks volumes about the ongoing importance of the OS-level update.

Android P in depth: An up-close look at what's new with security

Android P in depth: An up-close look at what's new with security

An exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the most significant privacy and security changes on the way with Google's Android P release.

Android and the shifting simplicity spectrum

Android and the shifting simplicity spectrum

Google's approach to Android has slowly but surely been shifting over the years — and an equal but opposite force has been pushing back at the same time.

The unlikely new Android underdog worth watching

The unlikely new Android underdog worth watching

You'd be forgiven if you hadn't given this company much thought yet, but it's time now to start taking notice.

Android upgrade downslide: 4 years of damning data in 3 crazy charts

Android upgrade downslide: 4 years of damning data in 3 crazy charts

Four years, three charts, and one undeniable conclusion.

Android Upgrade Report Card: Grading the manufacturers on Oreo

Android Upgrade Report Card: Grading the manufacturers on Oreo

Six months after Oreo's release, how have Android device-makers done at getting the upgrade into users' hands? A sobering but important analysis.

Google's latest beta hints at what should be a key Android P feature

Google's latest beta hints at what should be a key Android P feature

Is this a sign of Google testing the waters for something grander? If not, then it should be.

So long, Swype: A eulogy for a mobile keyboard pioneer

So long, Swype: A eulogy for a mobile keyboard pioneer

Swype hasn't been spectacular in a long time, but its impact on Android and mobile typing in general is undeniable.

28 ways Google Assistant can make you more efficient

28 ways Google Assistant can make you more efficient

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

What the virtual assistant battle is really all about, in a single word

What the virtual assistant battle is really all about, in a single word

Once you understand why all these tech companies so desperately want you to adore their assistants, the push for a "smart" everything suddenly makes a lot more sense.

5 missing footnotes from those Android P rumors

5 missing footnotes from those Android P rumors

Android P rumor season has begun — but this first batch of tantalizing teases could use a little clarification.

The game-changing side effect a Chrome OS tablet could create

The game-changing side effect a Chrome OS tablet could create

Big changes are afoot at the intersection of Chrome OS and Android — and if you don't look closely, you're bound to miss something significant.

The next phase of Google's Chrome OS takeover

The next phase of Google's Chrome OS takeover

As the lines continue to blur between Chrome OS and Android, some once-crazy-sounding concepts are about to shake up mobile computing as we know it.

How to get iPhone X-like gestures on any Android device right now

How to get iPhone X-like gestures on any Android device right now

Want to get around your phone with gestures instead of buttons? You don't need an iPhone X (or even a OnePlus 5T) to do it.

The best Android apps for team collaboration

The best Android apps for team collaboration

Stay connected and productive wherever you are with these first-rate collaboration apps for Android.

Galaxy S9 and the elephant in the room with Samsung's Android phones

Galaxy S9 and the elephant in the room with Samsung's Android phones

Samsung's Galaxy S9 will almost certainly share its predecessor's critical flaw — and yet hardly anyone will address it with the weight it deserves.

7 handy but hidden Android features you probably forget to use

7 handy but hidden Android features you probably forget to use

Android is practically overflowing with options, and it's easy to lose track of some useful stuff along the way.

A new way to save time with text message templates on Android

A new way to save time with text message templates on Android

Stop repeating yourself for no reason — and start taking back valuable time in your day.

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