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I write about the human side of technology. I'm the executive word-chef of Android Intelligence. I am not -- I repeat, NOT -- an amphibian.
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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.

In his spare time, JR enjoys flossing, staring blankly, and writing about flossing and staring blankly.

If you'd like to stalk JR, consider these helpful starting points:

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I was once honored by the American Mustache Institute. Seriously -- see here: http://goo.gl/DOv36
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Introducing a new series: Awesome Android Home Screens!

Featuring exceptional home screen setups -- and how you can implement them on your own device.

Up first is a clever card-based creation I call the Sliding Stacker:
Make your home screen a beautifully organized window into your world with this clever card-based setup.
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Wow, what a lesson in patience. As it turns out, +JR Raphael​, the shortcut I was looking for isn't in the Shortcuts section.

FYI, what I wanted to was to turn the date on Screen #3 into a clickable shortcut to bring up Today Calendar.

To do that, you have to open the Item (in this instance, the one called "Calendar today info"), then scroll to the right to the Touch, then hit the + button in the top right corner, then Launch App, then select the app you want to use.

You're welcome :)
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Some really interesting stuff is happening here -- and I think a lot of folks are missing the forest for the trees.
Look closely, and you'll see a significant shift starting to take shape within the Android universe.
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+JR Raphael What do you think about HTC not protecting developers in their theme store?
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A quick update on podcast availability

FYI, for everyone who's asked: You can now find the Android Intelligence podcast via search in Pocket Casts. Took a little longer than expected, but everything's officially indexed and available!

(You can also use the fancy new http://pca.st/androidintel link to open the show directly into your Pocket Casts player.)

Android Intelligence is also now readily available in Stitcher [http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=87788&refid=stpr], Player FM [https://player.fm/series/android-intelligence], Google Play Music [https://goo.gl/hG4INR], and even iTunes [https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/android-intelligence/id1105166538] -- yes, really! -- among other podcasting apps.

If there's somewhere you'd like to listen to the show but can't find it, please let me know and I'll see what I can do about getting it added.

Thanks for your patience getting all the first-week kinks worked out. And if you've already listened to the first episode, take a minute to spread the word about the show to someone else who might enjoy it, won't ya?
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+JR Raphael fair point. I bought an iMac last year, don't Evan use iTunes on that. 
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Interesting. I always enjoy hearing about the thought process behind logos and other visual design work.

+Liam Spradlin explained his process designing the new Android Intelligence logo here, incidentally, if you're interested: http://www.liamspradlin.com/#/android-intelligence-branding

It was a lot of fun being on that side of that action and seeing something evolve from an abstract idea into a polished (and pretty spot on, if I say so myself) final product.
Earlier this month, HP grabbed headlines and nods of approval with the introduction of its strikingly thin Spectre 13 laptop. But it wasn't the premium new machine that drew most of the adulation,...
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And then there is the enterprise logo which is... Really boring... 
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A new How I Use Android profile -- featuring Pocket Casts developer and podcast host +Russell Ivanovic!

We've been talking a lot about podcasts lately, so who better to bring into the "How I use Android" fold than the guy behind one of Android's best podcast players?

Russell spilled (and then refused to clean up) the beans about his own Android-using habits -- including why he believes cases are evil, why his home screen has an ominous-looking "Tracking" folder, and why he keeps thinking about but then deciding against developing his own RSS app.

So what are you waiting for? Grab the nearest legumes, and feast your face on this:
He develops one of Android's best podcasting apps and hosts his own Android podcast -- so when it comes to using Android himself, Russell Ivanovic definitely knows what he likes.
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I've gotta say though, apple music is a nice looking app. I think they did a good job with it. Their radio stations seem to be better too. The app is also less janky than Google play music. I'm not giving up play music to make the switch though. YouTube red makes the subscription to play music worth keeping.
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Oh, hi, +Google Play Podcasts. (Yes, Android Intelligence is there! Just search or use this link: https://goo.gl/hG4INR)

[More: http://officialandroid.blogspot.com/2016/04/welcome-to-google-play-music-podcast.html]
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Unfortunately it's what I've come to expect from Google: Lacking in features compared to everything else in the same market and US only.
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"It's like a wireless carrier bizarro world."

Some detailed thoughts after half a year with Fi for my family:
Half a year with Google's multinetwork service teaches you a lot about what you want from a wireless carrier.
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+Nathaniel Watkins I think you need to be relatively stationary; I doubt it'd connect to anything just from walking down the street and passing by places with open networks. It does connect fairly quickly, in my experience, but that level of quickness might be a bit of a stretch. 

The handoffs have always been seamless for me, though. I've been in the midst of streaming music where I know I started on LTE, for instance, and then noticed the public Wi-Fi icon there at some point -- but if I didn't happen to notice that icon, I wouldn't have known the difference. No interruption to the activity or anything like that.
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Step back for a minute. There's much more to this story than meets the eye.
Google's full catalog of Android apps appears to be coming to Chrome OS -- but the real story is something far more significant.
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+JR Raphael​ With the original Chromebook Pixel available new for 400 bucks do you think it's still a good buy? Thanks!
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What a way to start the day! Thanks to everyone who's listened so far.

[http://pca.st/androidintel]
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Just hit subscribe and playing now. I looking forward to it! 
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Some neat new features in Inbox

Three new additions that all look pretty handy -- including one that makes it easier than ever to save links to your inbox and then view them all together in a single organized place:

https://gmail.googleblog.com/2016/04/inbox-by-gmail-better-way-to-keep-track.html

Really enjoying how this app is evolving.
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Just bring me drive integration to inbox, like in Gmail, and I'll be the biggest fan. 
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Looks like there are options for new podcast episode notifications in Play Music on Android. Just not on the Web.

It's still not nearly as full-featured as many of the third-party podcasting apps, of course. But seems like a nice default option for folks with basic needs -- or for those who might not otherwise find podcasts at all.
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Pretty sure you need to update the app and there is a server side switch. I have the update but no podcasts.
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Q&A time with Google's Android chief. Don't forget to download the AI podcast for your weekend listening pleasure! 
 
The first episode of Android Intelligence -- and what a way to start!

The podcast you've been waiting for is here! In this inaugural episode, I sit down for a one-on-one chat with Google's recently appointed chief of Android, Chrome OS, and Chromecast -- the one and only Mr. +Hiroshi Lockheimer.

He shares tales about the early days of Android along with some straight talk about Android N's early arrival, the state of Android upgrades, and the future of Chrome OS.

Come have a listen, won't ya? More info and everything you need to stream or download is at the link below.

(My thanks to +Swappa for sponsoring this episode!)
Google's mobile chief shares tales from the early days of Android -- plus some straight talk about Android N's early arrival, the state of Android upgrades, and the future of Chrome OS.
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This is a great first episode. Been waiting for these type of Android podcasts for some time now. Keep it up! 👍
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