Today, we have an exciting update to Evernote for Android (3.6). We’ve added a great speech-to-text capability that makes dictating notes in Evernote really easy, plus we have a bunch of new features for the Evernote Widget app. Let’s take a look.
Audio notes have been a core feature of the app since day one. Today, we’re giving you a new option: speech recognition. Tap the new speech bubble icon in the tool bar above the keyboard to launch the feature. As you talk, the app instantly places your spoken words into the body of the note as text. Magic.
When you’re done recording, we also attach the original audio to the note. By having both recording and text together, you can now easily search and find your audio notes.
If you’d like to capture audio without the speech recognition, then simply tap and hold the speech bubble icon. It will switch to a microphone. Tap the microphone to start recording.
The speech-to-text feature uses Google Android’s text transcription service. You must be online for it to work. Also, this capability is available on version 4 of the Android Operating System (aka Ice Cream Sandwich) and some devices with version 2.2 and above. If you see the speech-to-text option appear when you update, then you’ll know that your phone or tablet supports the functionality.
New widget features
In this update we’ve added a bunch of great new capabilities to our widget app, available as a separate download from the Google Play Store.
Customize your widget
We’ve added a new gear icon to the widget that lets you customize a number of features:
- Widget Color: Choose between original green or a new dark theme
- Custom buttons Choose which Evernote functions appear in the widget
- Large widget notes Choose what notes appears in the large widget—last viewed; last updates; specific notebooks, tags, or Saved Searches
New tiny widget
When you long press on the phone’s home screen and go to the Widget menu, you’ll now see a tiny 1×1 single function Evernote widget, which takes up the same screen real estate as an app icon. This widget is great for placing a single Evernote function anywhere you like.
The newest widget function is the Quick Snapshot. This feature truly lives up to its name. Tap on the Quick Snapshot icon, camera with lightning bolt, to launch the camera. Snap your photo and tap save. That’s it. A new snapshot note will be added to your Evernote account with an auto-generated title.
Lots more to come
As always, besides the new features you see, there are lots of behind the scenes bug fixes and stability improvements that make the app faster and more reliable. We’re hard at work on some great new features, too. Stay tuned and let us know what you think of this update.