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 apps: Best of the best

Android apps: Best of the best

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

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.

A time-saving typing tool that works anywhere in Chrome

A time-saving typing tool that works anywhere in Chrome

Reclaim wasted time and watch your efficiency soar with this spectacularly useful cross-platform add-on.

Google Smart Lock on Chrome OS: 2 fast fixes and a power-user tip

Google Smart Lock on Chrome OS: 2 fast fixes and a power-user tip

Make Smart Lock more effective and efficient with this simple tune-up and time-saving shortcut.

Google's app redesigns are really bumming me out

Google's app redesigns are really bumming me out

Google is slowly shifting its ecosystem from a rich melange of memorable flavors to a forgettable plain vanilla.

Google just quietly gave us a killer midrange Android option

Google just quietly gave us a killer midrange Android option

The broader effects of Google's Pixel gamble are suddenly coming into focus — and for those in the know, the impact is no longer limited to the realm of pricey flagship phones.

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.

Google's most enthusiastic users have good reason to be wary

Google's most enthusiastic users have good reason to be wary

Fan-favorite services aren't all that Google has killed in 2018.

The best office apps for Android

The best office apps for Android

Create an optimal Android office app power-pack with these thoroughly researched recommendations.

The Pixel Slate reality people seem to be missing

The Pixel Slate reality people seem to be missing

The common narrative surrounding Google's platform-straddling Pixel Slate shows that people haven't really been paying attention.

Google's most exciting new gadget is neither phone nor tablet

Google's most exciting new gadget is neither phone nor tablet

The most interesting, inventive, and impactful launch of the week isn't what you'd expect.

With the Pixel 3, Google is playing its own game

With the Pixel 3, Google is playing its own game

This week's Pixel 3 launch makes one thing clear: Google's strategy for competing with other smartphone manufacturers is to play a completely different game.

Android is becoming an ecosystem without borders

Android is becoming an ecosystem without borders

With Microsoft poised to bring Android app access to Windows devices, the reach of Google's ecosystem is about to reach some wild new levels.

What happened to battery stats in Android Pie?

What happened to battery stats in Android Pie?

One of Android's most useful troubleshooting tools seems to have vanished in the Android 9 Pie release — but it's actually still there. You just have to know where to find it.

16 time-saving Android shortcuts

16 time-saving Android shortcuts

Give your mobile productivity a boost with these easy-to-master Android shortcuts.

6 important things you might not know about Chrome OS upgrades

6 important things you might not know about Chrome OS upgrades

Chrome OS isn't like other operating systems — and the way it handles upgrades is no exception.

Android file management: An easy-to-follow guide

Android file management: An easy-to-follow guide

From managing files on your phone to seamlessly syncing folders with your computer, this guide will turn you into a certified Android file master.

How to turn any website into a custom Chrome OS app

How to turn any website into a custom Chrome OS app

A handy hack for customizing your Chromebook and bringing native app-like experiences to your favorite sites and services.

How to make Gmail's desktop interface infinitely better

How to make Gmail's desktop interface infinitely better

Give Gmail a much-needed minimalist makeover — and watch your email efficiency soar.

What is Project Treble? The Android upgrade fix explained

What is Project Treble? The Android upgrade fix explained

Google's Project Treble promises to pave the way for faster Android upgrades — so what exactly is it? And how will it work?

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