Best Android apps for taking notes [August 2014]

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With smartphones and tablets so widely available now, it’s easy to replace pens and notebooks with more efficient note-taking apps. From wireless syncing to tagging and discovering older notes, it’s easy to drop paper forever with some of these apps. Several months ago we covered the best available note-taking applications available on Android, but since then, a few of the apps have disappeared and others have adopted new features to make them more competitive with heavyweights like Evernote. Below you’ll find a list of the best apps available on the Play Store to help you take notes faster and more easily.


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Chromebooks to include new security unlock features, new Google Now cards, and run Android apps

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Sundar Pichai took the stage again at Google I/O to let us know what Google has up its sleeves for Chromebooks and Chrome OS.

Today, Google has 8 OEMs making 15 different Chromebook devices (with more coming), available in 28 different countries.

Pichai even noted that all 10 of the top 10 rated laptops on Amazon are all Chromebooks. Not too shabby. There’s even been a 6x growth of use of Chromebooks in K-12 schools in the past year.

Google will be adding more to Chromebooks and the Chrome OS in order to make sure these trends continue.


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New Swiftkey Beta includes Evernote and Google+ personalization

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Swiftkey has issued a new beta update, and it’s including a few new personalization features as well as typical bug fixes and optimizations.

Swiftkey has always been able to learn predictions and typing patterns from some social media sites and your personal texts and emails, but the keyboard will now be able to check your Google+ posts and Evernote notes and archives in order to create better predictions based on how you type. It’s not a new feature, but it’s a nice refinement of one of Swiftkey’s best features.

On top of the new personalization options, there are also tweaks and optimizations for the emoji system implemented in the last beta update. If you’re using the current beta, hit the link below to download the new version before your old version expires on the 20th.

source: Swiftkey

Handwritten note-taking arrives in Evernote for Android

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Our favorite note-taking app for Android, Evernote, received a massive update today. Handwriting has arrived. The ability to take handwritten notes has long been a much requested feature for the client. “When we started working on a way to bring digital handwriting to Evernote for Android, we knew that our approach needed to extend the current Evernote experience rather than simply provide an alternate input method,” Evernote’s Andrew Sinkov wrote in a blog post today. “It took us a long to time to figure out exactly how to make this work.”

Inside any note, you can tap the pen icon to start writing freely. If you need more room, click on the plus symbol at the bottom of the screen. Also, you can choose different colors and levels of thickness for your script, and just tap on the checkmark to immediately return to typing, add an attachment, record audio, or drop an image into the note, all in one place. Check out a video and download link after the break.


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Best Android apps for note-taking [September 2013]

note_taking_headerOur electronic gadgets have managed to make so many ordinary things obsolete, and in some ways that includes paper and pen note-taking. The mobile apps that have been created  for note-taking are brilliant, innovative, and extremely useful. With these apps you can take notes on-the-go, and view them later once they sync with all of your devices. You can check out a few of our favorite note-taking apps for Android after the break, and please let us know if we missed any that you love.


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Best Android grocery list apps to help you organize shopping trips

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One of the easiest things to do is go to the grocery store to pick up one thing and end up buying several other things without getting what you originally went to the store for. People use their smartphones for just about everything; watching movies, listening to music, reading books, playing games, you name it. There’s a service or app for just about everything you could want your Android device to do, so why not use it to help you keep track of your grocery shopping? This is a list of top shopping list apps that’ll help you stay organized on your next grocery run. Hit the break to get started.


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Evernote for Android updated with the ability to edit Office documents, Skitch gets PDF annotations

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Evernote and its companion app, Skitch, have both received updates today that are some pretty handy productivity features. First up, Evernote has now been given the ability to edit Office documents, such as files from Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, thanks to integration with MobiSystem’s OfficeSuite app. The files are stored in Evernote, edited in OfficeSuite, then immediately mirrored back in Evernote. There have also been quick reminders added, so you can set a due date for any individual file. If you use your Android device as a productivity tool, this update is going to fit you perfectly.

In addition to the Evernote updates, Skitch has also received an update that’ll allow you to annotate your PDF files on the go, for Premium users, at least. There are also a handful of stamps available to mark your PDF files for feedback, which is a welcome addition.

Overall, it’s definitely a handful of worthwhile updates for some already great applications.

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Evernote and Glympse team up to track your location for note trails

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Glympse is a popular geolocation application for sharing your location with anyone in the world, without the need for extra accounts or social networks. Today, they’re taking their location services a bit further by announcing a partnership with Evernote that will allow users to export “trails” of their locations to an Evernote folder to track things like road trips or vacations. The notes will contain the duration of a shared location, date, time, and several other bits of information to keep an extremely detailed record of where you’ve been. It’s a pretty cool new feature that’s live in the update today for current users of Glympse, but if you want to test it out, both Glympse and Evernote are free. Check out the press release below.
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Evernote updated, custom reminders added in wake of iOS, Mac, web updates

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The Evernote team rolled out an update last week adding custom reminder support for iOS, Mac, and their web platform— their Android application was unfortunately left out of all the fun.

But today, Evernote 5.1 was finally released to Android and custom reminders are now available. The update makes it very simple for users to create reminders, and an intuitive alarm icon appears above each note. You can also choose the specific date and time that you receive the reminder and whether or not you want to receive it via email or Android notification as the deadline draws near.

There is also an option to subscribe to reminders, which is perfect for those with business or shared notebooks. Evernote becomes a tool for collaborating on projects and keeping track of deadlines. However, there is no option to set recurring reminders for things such as repeating appointments or paying bills. Hopefully support will be added soon.

Other features included in the update are corrected photo order in multi-shot camera, improved shortcuts, and improved copy/paste in note view. Have any of you gotten the new update yet? What do you think? Check out the link to the app in the Play Store after the break.
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