I am a big fan of Evernote, using it everyday to manage my to-do list and work on long-term projects. However, over the years this "simple" note-taking suite has expanded with an unwieldy number of features, making it somewhat difficult to manage. So, it is always nice to see an Evernote update for Android that just aims to make the service better without adding further bloat.

The recent update (version 3.5), downloadable from the Android Market, adds smart titles, quick saves, better layout of images, and a number of crucial bug fixes.

My favourite update is the addition of "smart titles". Previously, notes created using the Evernote Android app would bear the title "Untitled", making searches and sorting difficult. In contrast, notes without titles on Windows would use the first line of the note, a fairly optimal solution. Now, on Android, Evernote will use the content of the note and the time it was created to generate a "smart title".

The second feature in the update is improved spacing and layout of images in notes. This may not be obvious if you primarily use text notes, but is a welcome addition if you attach pictures or create notes using the Skitch app (long pressing on an image will automatically load Skitch if you have it installed).

Next, Evernote has added a quick save option which lets you save the note with the push of a button. Saves should also be generally faster.


Finally, even if the features above don't strike you as particularly interesting, the latest updates bring a number of bug fixes and reliability improvements.

[Source: Evernote Blog]

Abhiroop Basu
Abhiroop Basu is an opinionated tech and digital media blogger. As a doe-eyed twenty-something he started his first blog TechComet to comment on anything tech-related that caught his omniscient eye. Since then he has blogged for Android Police, Make Tech Easier, and This Green Machine. In the real world, Abhiroop Basu is a resident of Singapore and the Editor of The Digit, a subsidiary of The Potato Productions Group.

  • http://nihondroid.blogspot.com Alex

    Evernote seems like a cool app, and I have used it briefly. The things is that I just don't GET how to use it effectively. It just never clicked with me.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com Abhiroop

    I agree it is a little difficult to get into it. I would suggest just noting down things you want to remove, it need not be in any specific order just everything.

  • sriracha

    here's a few things i use Evernote for:
    *catalog of my xbox games, with pictures, developer, release year, and multi-player capabilities
    *serial and model numbers of all my gadgets and electronics
    *while browsing the Market, i find an app that looks cool but don't want to install it. i "Share" it to Evernote, along with a screen shot.

    then with the PC side of Evernote i can further edit these notes. and i can create web snips in firefox with it's plugin. all data is synced between my devices.
    Evernote app can also geo-tag your notes, handy feature, and display all your notes on a world map, completely zoom-able.

    • http://nihondroid.blogspot.com Alex

      Thanks for sharing how you use it. Those are some great ideas.

  • me

    I use it fairly extensively, (although I don't know if it is the "right" way), but I use it to store receipts for any thing over a couple of hundred dollars in case there is a problem, also any car repair or work done so there is a log.
    I also keep a list of programs to install on any new computer I purchase (core programs with links)
    Also keep numbers for programs like frequent flier airline or hotel loyalty programs.
    Also I take a picture of where I parked when I park at the airport for a flight, so I remember where the car is when I return.
    And various other things that might be interesting to refer back to in the future.