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If you've been lusting after Samsung's S-Memo functionality (found on numerous Samsung devices like the Note II, LG has something similar too), but for any piece of Android hardware, a new app called Ink Over Apps is definitely worth looking into. Its functionality is pretty limited at this point, but what it does, it does well. And what it does is let you draw on your screen and then save a screenshot of what you've drawn.

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Ink Over Apps lives in the notification bar, and lets you draw over a live image of your screen using a floating toolbar (as opposed to taking a screenshot and then drawing on it), which makes it quite unique. The app can be called up at any time simply by pulling down the notification bar and hitting "Show."

Combined with one of those 3rd-party styluses, you could have a passable markup tool. This could be pretty handy for showing a relative how something on Android works, presentations, or marking up text on your tablet. It's just $0.99, and given that there really isn't any other app quite like this one out there at the moment (weird, right? I looked, too), that's money well spent.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://twitter.com/louiedog louiedog

    Some LG phones have something similar called Quick Memo.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      I just realized this right before reading your comment.

    • ScottColbert

      The Quick Memos only allows you to mark up screen shots, not a live image.

  • http://k3rnel.net Juan Rodriguez

    On the other hand, you could just take a screenshot and use Skitch.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      This is significantly easier, though. That's why we pointed it out. The live draw-over functionality actually is something not even S-Memo has.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      You can actually interact with the app in the background and have Ink Over Apps sit on top all at the same time. So you can write a whole bunch of things, then nudge the app by a few pixels or erase part of the screen and go to a completely different app, then continue drawing.

      It's a pretty cool concept.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

    That notification is a disaster. Buttons go on large sized notifications, not small ones.

    • Dominic Powell

      The Dev is super at listening to user feedback.

      I personally was one of the people that gave him early feedback on his reddit thread. Since his 1.1.0 iteration.

      At this point he is fine tuning the experience. The fact is when the app buttons are hidden under the expandable notification it becomes less quick to use which is one of the most important usability points of the app.

      Upon my feedback I had originally intended he nest the buttons like play music does so that you can hide paint and quit from a single line notification. Regardless send him an email with your problems I am sure he will sort it out for the best

    • thedailynerd

      The Notification is still much a work in progress. I'm looking into making the notification more streamlined in the Christmas Update. Currently, the idea was to have the notification not require an expand to be useful to avoid confusing first time users who happened to have the notification collapsed when the app first starts.

      Either way, Thank you for your feedback and your support!


    • coversnails

      'disaster' is a bit strong. It looks fine and is functional, there is no need to make the notification larger just to satisfy a Google design guideline.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    It's worth pointing out that we took a few days before we posted because one important suggestion of ours was being implemented by the dev - until the latest version there was also something present on the screen so you couldn't take a clean screenshot. As of the latest one, when you press minimize, the app now disappears altogether until you click the screen one more time so that you can take a completely clean shot without any menus.

    The dev is very responsive.

    • Gunsranger

      That's really good :)

  • Josh Flowers

    you used to be able to do this on the g-nex screen shots, in editing. then it was removed in the JB update. i actually miss it.
    or am i looking in the wrong place?

  • LiamBryant

    I saw this on r/android the other day, it's nice to see it getting recognition!! Keep up the good work dev, I know you're listening.

  • userx

    Is it possible then to draw stuff on videos too? That'd make a cool animation - no need of after effects to do simple cool stuff :D

  • wrapper

    I have a Note II, I wonder if the developer would be up for making it S-Pen compatible - pressure etc.