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.

3 Android 12 features you can bring to any phone today

3 Android 12 features you can bring to any phone today

Jonesing for a taste of Android 12? Here's how to recreate a few of the more interesting features seen in Google's still-under-development software.

3 next-level note-taking apps that'll change the way you work

3 next-level note-taking apps that'll change the way you work

With apps like Workflowy, Coda, and Notion, you'll never look at information the same way again.

Android 12 and the big deal with little touches

Android 12 and the big deal with little touches

The bigger picture of Android 12 won't come into focus for a while, but the software's smaller details present plenty of promise.

Two big buts about Samsung's Android security update announcement

Two big buts about Samsung's Android security update announcement

Samsung's plan to provide security patches to its Android phones for a full four years is fantastic news, but there's more to the story than meets the eye.

6 secret settings for smarter sharing in Chrome on Android

6 secret settings for smarter sharing in Chrome on Android

Ready to uncover a fresh set of hidden options for your humble phone browser?

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.

Android launchers are officially exciting again

Android launchers are officially exciting again

The era of Android launcher innovation is back, baby. And man, has it ever been missed.

10 handy hidden Android features you probably forget to use

10 handy 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.

Android's underappreciated keyboard advantage

Android's underappreciated keyboard advantage

A moment of gratitude for a quietly important area where Android excels — and where it absolutely trounces that other smartphone operating system.

The best Android keyboard apps for on-the-go productivity

The best Android keyboard apps for on-the-go productivity

Heads up, busy professionals: The right Android keyboard app can save you precious time and unlock your performance potential. So what are you waiting for?

Got Gboard? 12 hidden shortcuts for faster Android typing

Got Gboard? 12 hidden shortcuts for faster Android typing

Save time and get more accomplished with these spectacularly handy shortcuts for Gboard on Android.

The hidden significance of a simple Chromebook screensaver

The hidden significance of a simple Chromebook screensaver

A subtle-seeming feature could help connect Google's ecosystems in a powerful new way — from Chrome OS to Android and beyond.

The secret to shuffling around emails in Gmail

The secret to shuffling around emails in Gmail

Changing the order of messages in your Gmail inbox may seem impossible, but it absolutely isn't. In fact, it's actually quite easy — if you know the trick.

18 advanced tips for Android 11

18 advanced tips for Android 11

Make the most of Google's Android 11 software with these expert-approved steps and adjustments.

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.

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