If you are a proud owner of an Android phone, then you may have felt a certain lack of love and attention from us recently. Here’s some news that will make you happy. We’ve significantly ramped up our Android development by more than doubling the size of our Android team. We are on track to release a bunch of great new features and enhancements, starting with today’s update. To quote our VP of Engineering, “My Android is now cooler than your iPhone.” We’ll see about that.
Get Evernote for Android from the Android Market
In this update, we’re releasing our first major Android-only feature: the Evernote Widget. This super useful home screen widget allows you to quickly jump right into your desired Evernote action. You can pop into a search or into a new text, snapshot or audio note. Activating the widget is simple. Press and hold your finger on your phone’s home screen. Select ‘widget’ for the menu that appears, then choose Evernote. Next, drag the widget to any screen you like. You’re done.
Pinch and zoom support
Pinch and zoom is now supported within notes. If you would like to get a closer look at that snapshot, zoom in, swipe around, then zoom out. Now you’ll be able to see every minute detail of your note contents. This feature is available on phones running Android 2.1 and later.
Send to Evernote
Android apps that have a Sharing menu, will now list Evernote as a recipient. This means that you can easily send stuff from many of your favorite applications directly into a new Evernote note. For example, you can send images from a photo app, save URLs of cool websites you browse, capture tweets in Seesmic, and lots more. This is another Evernote feature that’s only available on Android.
Performance improvements via note caching
After you view a note, Evernote for Android caches that note on the device so that it will load much faster the next time you search for it. This is the first step towards (drumroll, please) offline note storage, which will be coming soon.
Lots and lots of fixes
This release also addresses a number of little annoyances:
- Fixed a problem that kept an edited note from updating properly
- Fixed a problem that removed intentional white space within notes
- Added higher resolution iconography (Android 2.1 and later)
- Placed the Save button onscreen on the audio notes screen
- Fixed a problem that kept the app from loading tags properly
And many, many other fixes.
Get Evernote for Android from the Android Market. If you have trouble accessing Evernote after installation, restart your phone. You may also need to remove the old application shortcut.