The team at Evernote continue to churn out updates to its popular note-taking and productivity app, regardless of platform. Today, the Android version gets a big update, adding the ability to create notes containing styled text, lists and checkboxes, a new widget, major speed improvements and the unveiling of Evernote for Android Tablets. The new Evernote for Android Tablets interface gives users a chance to see what future iterations on the tablet form factor will look going forward.
Evernote for Android Tablets offers the same note-taking functionality — such as audio recording and social note-sharing — of its other applications, but does so with a new-to-Evernote interface that emphasizes visual note browsing. With the new interface, notes appear on the home screen in a Snippet View. Android tablet app users can then use the left-hand side bar to tab through the notebooks, tags and shared notebooks view options.The startup is also enabling application users to create and edit rich text notes. The much-requested feature is now available to all Android users — not just tablet owners — who will see a a new bar with text editing and formatting options above the keyboard.
Tap on the New Note button to launch a blank note. Along the bottom of the note area (above the keyboard), you’ll see a row of buttons. The first ones allow you to choose a notebook and assign tags; the next two allow you take a snapshot, record audio or attach a file; the last ones let you create styled text—more on that below.
Tap the magnifying glass in the top-right corner to bring up the Search popover. If you know what you’re looking for type in the keyword. You can also select a recent or saved search. The Advanced Search option gives you even more ways to find what you’re looking for. There, you can choose to search for notes near your current location, notes containing checkbox to-dos and lots of other parameters. Make sure to explore Advanced Search, there are some useful options there that you don’t want to miss.
Single note view
The single note view shows you the note you’ve selected, along with a scrollable sidebar of additional notes. The sidebar allows you to quickly jump to another note without having to return to the home screen. The single note screen also allows you to share the note to Facebook, email or send it any other Android app, such as your favorite Twitter application.
Sometimes, all you remember is where you were when you captured a memory, Map View is great way to recall it. Tap on the map icon in the top right of the interface to view your notes by location. The notes that are displayed to the right of the map correspond to the region you are viewing.
They mention they’ve added many performance enhancements as well as faster speeds for things like sync and scrolling to name a few. The new tablet UI is the direction they plan to take all tablet apps of Evernote. That isn’t all either, Evernote for phones has also been updated, adding new rich text editing features (bold, italics, etc.) and a new widget as well. My favorite feature on my honeycomb tablet is the search feature in the top right, makes finding the exact note or picture quick and easy. The update is available now in the Android Market and it is free as always so you might as well head on over and give it a try.