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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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Well, it's official: Google+ is going away.

This makes me very sad. Even with all the ups and downs over the years, G+ has remained a vibrant and thriving community where I've connected with countless interesting people -- people who are as passionate about gadgets, systems, and other geekery as I am and who love discussing and debating those things in respectful and intelligent ways. As I'm sure I don't have to tell you, that kind of community is incredibly rare and difficult to find.

I can't say I'm entirely surprised Google is pulling the plug at this point, all considered, but I'm still extremely disappointed. But, alas. Here we are.

G+ isn't set to sunset until next August, so we have some time. And I'll stick around for now, as long as other folks are still here. Looking forward, though, the absolute best way to keep up with me, stay connected to what I'm doing, and stay in touch is via my weekly newsletter: https://www.androidintel.net

I'm also on Twitter, if you'd like to connect there as well: http://twitter.com/jrraphael

This has been a wonderful experience, and that's 100% because of all of you. Thank you for creating such a lively, fun, and thoughtful community within these virtual walls. I will really, truly miss it.
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At last, Android has some truly exceptional office app options.

I tested 'em all to find the cream of the crop — both for the basic core functions and for more advanced stuff like document scanning and PDF editing.

Here are my recommendations:
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Google didn't just kill Google+ or Inbox this fall. It killed the trust of its most loyal users. And that's something that may be difficult to revive:
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Perspective matters.
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What do +Daria Musk and +Trey Ratcliff and some other early Google+ users think about this week's news? See their comments in a unique conversation over on Cake.
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Some kinda funky food for thought: The most interesting Google launch of the week is the one getting the least amount of attention.

Read this, and see if you agree:
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People used to say that Apple didn't try to compete with Android phone-makers; instead, it played a completely different game.

After this week, I think it's safe to say that Google is now following that very same strategy:
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Psst. Here's the full and official Google hardware announcement:
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So, uh, the event may not have actually started yet, but here's this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkRhoGPo2is
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Google's big hardware extravaganza starts in about 15 minutes. Wanna watch it live? Here's the stream:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsoQGTA1SxY
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