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JR Raphael
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Writer. At large. Android Intelligence + Computerworld, Fast Company, and other pleasurable publications. I am not -- I repeat, NOT -- an amphibian.
Writer. At large. Android Intelligence + Computerworld, Fast Company, and other pleasurable publications. I am not -- I repeat, NOT -- an amphibian.

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Just a friendly reminder, with our G+ hourglass steadily ticking away:

If you want to keep up with me and stay connected after G+ goes away in April, the best way to do so is via my weekly newsletter: https://androidintel.net It has links to all of my latest articles along with tons of tips, analysis, and random ramblings that don't appear anywhere else.

I'm also on Twitter, but I really don't spend a heck of a lot of time there these days (see plus.google.com/+JRRaphael/posts/XtBz2KyoQc4 for an explanation). twitter.com/jrraphael

Hope we can stay in touch, even after these gates close for good.
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For the first time, we can actually measure the effectiveness of Project Treble and see whether Google's massive effort to improve Android upgrades is working.

The results are eye-opening.
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Lots of people like to talk about how Android upgrades don't matter β€” because their phones already have some of the same features, because average users don't seem to care, or whatever.

Those people are wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

Here's why:
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Oodles of tasty tidbits in today's Android Intelligence newsletter. I'm excited about the coming Chrome OS changes β€” and the Samsung refrigerator romance idea is the silliest thing I've seen all year.

➜ Check it out: androidintel.net/020819
➜ Subscribe: androidintel.net
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This was supposed to be the Android upgrade cycle where everything got significantly better. And yet β€” well, the results speak for themselves.

The grades from my latest long-term analysis are officially in. Brace yourself:
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G+ memories: From April of 2014. R.I.P., Mr. Jingles. May you ring on eternally in the great Google beyond.
EXCLUSIVE: First look at the new official head of Google+

Sorry, +Dave Besbris. But no one can deny this guy's good.
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I constantly forget just how much cool stuff Google Keep can do. Check out my new collection of Keep tips for Android and find a few new tricks of your own:
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The one thing I get asked the most about Chrome OS: "Would it actually work for me?"

The answer's gotten increasingly complicated over the years, but it's still pretty easy to figure out. Hang onto this link for the next time someone asks you:
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Whether you're just getting your first taste of Pie in 2019 or you've been enjoying Android 9 for a while, there's almost certainly something new you've yet to discover.

Check out my sprawling list of fresh, hot Pie tips and see what you find:
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An interesting tidbit, by the way, is the fact that Inbox's Bundles system does not appear to be on the roadmap for Gmail. Earlier reports had suggested that it was, but Google tells me it's trip-bundling, specifically, that's still coming over.

It's easy to see how someone could conflate the two, given their overlapping terminology, but trip-bundling is not the same as the broader Bundles system Inbox used for organizing messages (see https://support.google.com/inbox/answer/6228360 vs. https://support.google.com/inbox/answer/6050237).

So long story short, if you were waiting to move back to Gmail until Bundles showed up, there's nothing left to wait for. This is it. It's time to jump ship. (But I'm telling you, a little creative planning can go a long way. Don't ignore these steps.)
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