Evernote Releases Significant Upgrade To Android App

Today Evernote released a significant upgrade to their Evernote app for Android, and if you already have been using it you should have received a notification from the Android Market. As you can see in the screen shot to the left, the User Interface has been completely updated and it provides quicker access to all of your notebooks and tags.

Search has been significantly improved, with the search button available anywhere, and it displays previous searches as well as saved searches. Evernote search is also now available from within Android’s search that you access by tapping the search button or using the Google search widget. After loading Google search in Android, tap the search button, then tap the Evernote icon, and then enter your search term. The Evernote app then loads and executes the search. It would be really cool if Android automatically performed searches across all apps just as it does today with Contacts, but the change that Evernote has made is a step towards enabling full device (and all app) search.

Another neat feature that Evernote added is the ability to quickly see other notes that contain the same search term. For example, if I run a search on “Evernote” and open the first note containing that word, I can slide my figure up to see a “More Notes” option, which I then tap to see thumbnails of other notes containing the same search term. You can scroll left and right through the thumbnails to find a specific note.

Premium Evernote users now have the ability to store notebooks on the storage card in the phone. Any new notes that you add from other devices will automatically synchronize to the phone when you load the Evernote app. Storing notes on the phone means that you can still access the notes when the phone is not connected to the Internet. Otherwise, while note headers and thumbnails may be on the phone, when you click them the note is retrieved from Evernote’s servers and cached to the phone. Fortunately, you can select which notebooks to synchronize to the phone so that if you have large notebooks you prefer not take up storage on your phone you can elect to not synchronize them. Evernote is also capable of being moved to the storage card, which you can do to free up phone storage space.

I’ve really only highlighted a few of the features in Evernote 2.0 and if you are an Evernote user I highly recommend that you read the blog post on Evernote’s web site that provides an overview, along with a video, of all the new features. If you don’t have Evernote on your Android phone and would like to try it out, you will find it in the Android Market.