JR Raphael

Contributing Editor

JR Raphael is a writer as well as a mammal. He’s the guy behind the acclaimed Android Intelligence column at Computerworld. He writes humor-infused feature stories for a variety of publications and drinks fruit-infused beverages from a variety of glasses. At night, he sleeps.

For more about JR and easy access to all of his stories, head over to his official writing site at JRStart.com. And be sure to come say hi on Twitter or Google+!

2 big asterisks to Google's Android upgrade fix

2 big asterisks to Google's Android upgrade fix

Google's got a new plan for improving Android upgrades, but "Project Treble" may not be the saving grace some folks are expecting.

The quiet power of Android's custom launchers

The quiet power of Android's custom launchers

When it comes to something as personal as a home screen, a properly tailored concept can make all the difference in the world.

How Google can seriously one-up Amazon's Echo Show

How Google can seriously one-up Amazon's Echo Show

Amazon's Echo Show adds visuals and communication into the smart home speaker -- but just imagine what Google could do with that same set of features.

12 tips to curb data usage in Android

12 tips to curb data usage in Android

If your Android device is guzzling data, it can cost you or your employer a bundle. Here are 12 ways to prevent that.

Wanna banish autoplay videos from your browser?

Wanna banish autoplay videos from your browser?

Autoplay videos are popping up everywhere right now. Thankfully, there's an easy way to stop 'em before they start.

4 fantastic features in Google's Android Phone app

4 fantastic features in Google's Android Phone app

These features can save you time and frustration -- but first you have to realize that they're there.

Why Android's ongoing domination actually matters

Why Android's ongoing domination actually matters

First iOS, now Windows: Why you as a consumer should care about Android's endless wins in the platform wars.

How I Use Android: Evie Launcher founder and Twitter Cards creator Russ d'Sa

How I Use Android: Evie Launcher founder and Twitter Cards creator Russ d'Sa

An accomplished developer explains how search and simplicity power his personal philosophy for mobile tech organization.

The great Hangouts pivot: What it means for you and what you should do now

The great Hangouts pivot: What it means for you and what you should do now

If you use Google's Hangouts app to handle your text messages, listen up: Things are about to change. (Again.)

O my! 5 key takeaways from Google's Android O preview

O my! 5 key takeaways from Google's Android O preview

A simple breakdown and some important perspective on what matters the most with Google's first Android O preview.

Android O makes my notification wish come true

Android O makes my notification wish come true

An easily overlooked option in Google's Android O software may end up being one of the release's most useful new features.

'Artificial intelligence' has become meaningless marketing jargon

'Artificial intelligence' has become meaningless marketing jargon

Watch out, Android users: A new empty buzzword is in town, and it goes by the initials A.I.

7 handy hidden features for Google Play Music

7 handy hidden features for Google Play Music

Crank up the volume on your music-listening experience with these seven out-of-sight options.

16 months later, YouTube Music is still a missed opportunity

16 months later, YouTube Music is still a missed opportunity

Google's vast library of rare and live music could be a major selling point for the company's streaming music service. Instead, it's a barely-connected footnote.

7 new tricks to try with Google Assistant on Android

7 new tricks to try with Google Assistant on Android

Google's next-gen A.I. Assistant is landing on Android phones left and right this week. Here's how to make the most of its new-to-you features.

How to disable Chrome's obnoxious Ctrl-Shift-Q shortcut

How to disable Chrome's obnoxious Ctrl-Shift-Q shortcut

In case, you know, you don't want to throw away all your active tabs by mistake.

What's the answer to Android's upgrade problem?

What's the answer to Android's upgrade problem?

Improving Android's upgrade situation is anything but easy -- but if you look closely, you'll see that Google's already working toward its own kind of fix.

The ugly truth behind Android's upgrade problem

The ugly truth behind Android's upgrade problem

Android device-makers are sending a loud and clear message -- and it's time we all start listening.

Android Upgrade Report Card: Grading the manufacturers on Nougat

Android Upgrade Report Card: Grading the manufacturers on Nougat

Six months after Nougat's release, how have different Android manufacturers done at delivering upgrades to their devices? A sobering analysis.

Google Docs on Android has an interesting hidden option

Google Docs on Android has an interesting hidden option

If you use Docs but deal with Microsoft Office formats at least some of the time, you'll want to know about this inconspicuous little setting.

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