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Introducing the New Evernote for Android

Today we’re pleased to announce that we are starting to roll out the new Evernote for Android, beginning with devices running Android 10 or later. This launch complements the release of our newly rebuilt apps for iOS, Windows, and Mac, making it easier than ever for you to create notes quickly, customize them however you like, find them in an instant, and take them wherever you go. 

The new app will be released via the Google Play Store over the next few weeks. If your device is running Android 10 or later and set to auto-update, it will be added to an automated update queue by Google. Once you see the new app in the Google Play Store, you can update manually or wait for the auto-update. But if your device is running Android 9 or older, or is not yet in the update queue, you won’t see the new app in the store.

Here’s a sample of what’s new:

A more intuitive and useful editor

  • You now have more control over your notes’ appearance. Use semantic headers and tables to give structure to your notes. Or change fonts, colors, and highlights to add a personal touch. 
  • Checklists now get the VIP treatment they deserve. You can add list items, indent them, move them around—and enjoy the satisfaction of crossing them off with a single tap.
  • Adding rich content (like audio, photos, checkboxes, attachments, and sketches) is quicker and easier with the new, multi-function Insert button. 
  • We’ve redesigned the formatting toolbar to put the most popular options front and center. One tap opens additional options like header level, highlighter colors, link editing, and more.

Faster, more powerful search

  • Save time—and taps. Get real-time search suggestions as you type to find what you’re looking for faster.
  • Filter your searches by tag, attachment, PDF, URL, and more. So even the most elusive notes will now appear at your command. 
  • Is searching your Evernote superpower? Like to combine keywords, tags, or locations to find exactly what you need? Now you can save those searches and use them over and over again with just one tap.

A cleaner, smoother interface

  • We’ve combined the best aspects of our different platform interfaces into a new experience, so Evernote looks and behaves similarly whether you’re on your phone, a laptop, or switching between work and personal computers.
  • The main screen has a cleaner, more modern look, so it’s easier on the eyes—and easier for you to get stuff done. 
  • Save more than text: Adding a new image, audio recording, sketch, or reminder is easier than ever thanks to the multi-function New Note button.
  • We redesigned the document scanner to streamline how you capture information with your camera. In a flash, the app automatically recognizes documents, Post-it® notes, whiteboards, or business cards, scans them for readable text, suggests the best options for capturing them, and adds them to your notes. Ta da!
  • We’ve introduced nested tags to give you even more ways to organize and find information.

Rebuilt on an upgraded foundation

  • This update moves the app to a new codebase that’s more stable and reliable, for fewer hang/crash errors.
  • That new codebase means we can fix bugs quicker and release new features more often (yep, we’ve got some cool things already in development—join our Beta Program for a sneak peek!).
  • Syncing data across different platforms and devices is smoother and more seamless than before.

More coming soon

Our top priority is providing you with the highest level of quality, speed, and reliability in our new apps. Although we’re launching the new Evernote for Android first on devices with Android 10 or later, we’re working hard to get the app ready for OS 9 and other older versions of Android OS as well, so more customers can take advantage of the latest improvements. Until then, if you aren’t auto-updated, you can continue to use the legacy version of Evernote for Android—we’ll be sure to let you know when the new app is available for your OS.

We’re also busy adding back some features that weren’t quite ready in time for this release, and which you may be looking for. In particular, the new Android app doesn’t yet support widgets, multi-select, sharing a note via email, or password manager support. For an up-to-date list, please check out our Help & Learning article to see what’s new and what’s coming to Android.

This update is one more step toward a more consistent and reliable platform across all your devices—and it lays the groundwork for new features and faster innovation to come. You can read more about our plans for the future in this blog post from CEO Ian Small.

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