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.


The 20-minute Android tune-up

The 20-minute Android tune-up

Some fast 'n' simple maintenance can keep your favorite Android phone running like a well-oiled machine.

20 great uses for an old Android device

20 great uses for an old Android device

We all love getting new gadgets, but what to do with the old ones? Here are 20 clever ways to put your old Android phone or tablet to good use.

REFRESH TEST STORY: Android file transfer: How to move data between your phone and computer

REFRESH TEST STORY: Android file transfer: How to move data between your phone and computer

Moving files between your Android device and a Windows PC, Mac, or Chromebook doesn't have to be difficult — or dependent on any cloud services.

REFRESH TEST STORY: 20 great uses for an old Android device

REFRESH TEST STORY: 20 great uses for an old Android device

We all love getting new gadgets, but what to do with the old ones? Here are 20 clever ways to put your old Android phone or tablet to good use.

Got a Google Pixel? Flip this secret Android 13 switch

Got a Google Pixel? Flip this secret Android 13 switch

Your Pixel phone has access to a brilliant new efficiency-enhancer, but it's up to you to dig it up and enable it.

Android, ChromeOS, and the future of app discovery

Android, ChromeOS, and the future of app discovery

Hardly anyone's noticing, but something incredibly interesting is shaping up at the intersection of Google's Android and ChromeOS platforms.

5 out-of-sight superpowers for Google Contacts on Android

5 out-of-sight superpowers for Google Contacts on Android

Google Contacts might not be Android's flashiest app, but it has some surprisingly useful tricks lurking in its corners. Ready to start saving time?

Android versions: A living history from 1.0 to 13

Android versions: A living history from 1.0 to 13

Explore Android's ongoing evolution with this visual timeline of versions, starting B.C. (Before Cupcake) and going all the way to 2022's Android 13 release.

10 tricks for more efficient Android messaging

10 tricks for more efficient Android messaging

Save time and communicate more effectively with these easy-to-miss advanced options for Google's Android Messages app.

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.

The best buried Android 13 treasures

The best buried Android 13 treasures

Google Pixel owners, listen up: You won't want to miss these out-of-sight Android 13 gems.

ChromeOS: Tips, tools, and other Chromebook intelligence

ChromeOS: Tips, tools, and other Chromebook intelligence

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

10 out-of-sight Google Pixel settings worth surfacing

10 out-of-sight Google Pixel settings worth surfacing

These tucked-away options will make your Pixel experience more pleasant and powerful — and they'll take you all of 20 seconds apiece to adjust.

7 Gboard settings that'll supercharge your Android typing

7 Gboard settings that'll supercharge your Android typing

These easy-to-apply Gboard adjustments will help you fly around your Android phone's keyboard like a total typing pro.

REFRESH TEST STORY: ChromeOS: Tips, tools, and other Chromebook intelligence

REFRESH TEST STORY: ChromeOS: Tips, tools, and other Chromebook intelligence

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

REFRESH TEST STORY: Android versions: A living history from 1.0 to 13

REFRESH TEST STORY: Android versions: A living history from 1.0 to 13

Explore Android's ongoing evolution with this visual timeline of versions, starting B.C. (Before Cupcake) and going all the way to 2022's Android 13 release.

The awkward thing about Android 13

The awkward thing about Android 13

Google's latest and greatest Android software isn't quite what it seems on the surface.

7 Google Pixel settings you should change this second

7 Google Pixel settings you should change this second

Got one of Google's Pixel phones? These easily overlooked adjustments will unlock some of your phone's most impressive advanced powers.

PixieBrix: A crafty tool that lets you tailor any website for your team

PixieBrix: A crafty tool that lets you tailor any website for your team

This Chrome extension will boost productivity by making your team’s favorite web apps even more well-suited to their needs. Ready to have your mind blown?

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