❱❱ The Android Intelligence Story


Look, I get it: Android news sources are a dime a dozen. There are more blogs dedicated to covering mobile technology than anyone can possibly keep track of nowadays, and most mainstream tech sites count Android as part of their coverage, too.

Here's the thing, though: Android Intelligence isn't like those other outlets. From the moment of its birth as a column — way back in June of 2010, when Android was but a niche player in the smartphone game; when BlackBerry was still the industry leader; when the original Moto Droid was the hot new thang on everyone's mind; and when I was one of the few tech journalists taking Google's mobile ambitions seriously (déjà vu, anyone?) — the space beneath my byline has been about going beyond the basics and providing the next-level advice, insight, and analysis that’s so often missing from the fast-moving stream of mobile tech madness.

The way I see it, plenty of places are already addressing the day-to-day developments — what I think of the main entrees in your mobile tech diet. Android Intelligence, then, is here to serve up something fresh and different. It's here to bring a little extra flavor to your plate. It's here to bring you the zesty side dishes and slow-cooked desserts — calories you can enjoy whether you've devoured a thousand news stories in any given week or none. Plain and simple, it's here to make your meal complete. (Anyone else feeling hungry all of a sudden?)

These days, information is everywhere. Android Intelligence is all about context — about putting the pieces together and making sense of the big picture, in a brutally honest way that's free from the overly enthusiastic cheerleading and nauseating hype so often associated with Android coverage. Whether you're reading the columns, expanding your knowledge even further with the newsletter and Platinum Power-Up, or diving deeper yet with the podcast, Android Intelligence is decidedly different from your average Android news. And it's that way by design.

I hope you enjoy consuming it as much as I enjoy creating it.

JR Raphael, Author/Executive Chef/Person Currently Eating Custard

❱❱ The Android Intelligence Story


Look, I get it: Android news sources are a dime a dozen. There are more blogs dedicated to covering mobile technology than anyone can possibly keep track of nowadays, and most mainstream tech sites count Android as part of their coverage, too.

Here's the thing, though: Android Intelligence isn't like those other outlets. From the moment of its birth as a column — way back in June of 2010, when Android was but a niche player in the smartphone game; when BlackBerry was still the industry leader; when the original Moto Droid was the hot new thang on everyone's mind; and when I was one of the few tech journalists taking Google's mobile ambitions seriously (déjà vu, anyone?) — the space beneath my byline has been about going beyond the basics and providing the next-level advice, insight, and analysis that’s so often missing from the fast-moving stream of mobile tech madness.

The way I see it, plenty of places are already addressing the day-to-day developments — what I think of the main entrees in your mobile tech diet. Android Intelligence, then, is here to serve up something fresh and different. It's here to bring a little extra flavor to your plate. It's here to bring you the zesty side dishes and slow-cooked desserts — calories you can enjoy whether you've devoured a thousand news stories in any given week or none. Plain and simple, it's here to make your meal complete. (Anyone else feeling hungry all of a sudden?)

These days, information is everywhere. Android Intelligence is all about context — about putting the pieces together and making sense of the big picture, in a brutally honest way that's free from the overly enthusiastic cheerleading and nauseating hype so often associated with Android coverage. Whether you're reading the columns, expanding your knowledge even further with the newsletter and Platinum Power-Up, or diving deeper yet with the podcast, Android Intelligence is decidedly different from your average Android news. And it's that way by design.

I hope you enjoy consuming it as much as I enjoy creating it.

JR Raphael, Author/Executive Chef/Person Currently Eating Custard

❱❱ Wait, Who The Hell Is This Guy, Again?



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. These days, Android Intelligence includes not only the column but also the independent weekly newsletter, tips digest, and podcast along with the resource-packed Platinum Lounge.

JR's written about practically everything imaginable at some point and continues to write regular features on a variety of subjects for both Computerworld and other publications. Lately, he's been penning pieces about productivity for Fast Company and how-to guides on all sorts of tech topics for The Verge. Oh, and random fact: He was quoted in Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of Steve Jobs, talking about — what else? — porn. (Totally not kidding about that, by the way.)

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. These days, Android Intelligence includes not only the column but also the independent weekly newsletter, tips digest, and podcast along with the resource-packed Platinum Lounge.

JR's written about practically everything imaginable at some point and continues to write regular features on a variety of subjects for both Computerworld and other publications. Lately, he's been penning pieces about productivity for Fast Company and how-to guides on all sorts of tech topics for The Verge. Oh, and random fact: He was quoted in Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of Steve Jobs, talking about — what else? — porn. (Totally not kidding about that, by the way.)

JR loves bringing logic, context, and plain-English perspective into areas frequently guided by emotion, jargon, and uninformed reactions. He's obsessed with productivity and finding clever ways to make the most of our modern technology. He enjoys chewing, breathing, and dancing with wolves. And he's really good at writing about himself convincingly in the third-person.

Find him if you dare on Twitter or at his personal writing refuge, JRStart.com.

❱❱ A Special Acknowledgment



My sincerest thanks to the charter Android Intelligence Platinum members, whose early support helped create the foundation for the newsletter and this website:

Buck Amey

Richard Baierschmidt

David Baukman

Buzz Baylis

John Bowdre

Quent Cassen

William Cheng

William Cunninghame

Ray Dabkowski

Bob Day

Peter Firth

Mark Fogle

Ian Forshaw

Ron Fussell

Daniel Grobani

Lee H.

Barry Horne

Thomas Hornik

Craig Kilgour

Michael Kizer

Jacob Klay

Woody Leonhard

Patrick McAfee

Donald Nelson

Cecil New

Michael Oliffe

Philip Salen

Donald Stewart

Stephen Syputa

Kevin C. Tofel

Nancy Triggs

Mary Willoughby

Steve Wilson

These fine folks established this community with me before its virtual walls were even fully constructed — and they have my everlasting gratitude for their early belief in the value of this independent editorial effort.

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