There are more than a few note-taking apps on the Play Store, including established veteran Evernote and Google's own Keep. But Automattic, the company formed by WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg, thinks you'll be interested in at least one more. After a considerable period of iOS exclusivity, Simplenote is now available on the Google Play Store. It's free to download and use.

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Simplenote hits all the check marks for a new notation app: syncing across devices and the service website, a to do list as well as more general notes, searching through previous notes, and tags for a better filing system. The user interface matches the stark look of the iOS app while remaining pretty close to Holo UI standards - not bad. The whole thing looks a lot like the official WordPress app for Android, which makes sense considering it's made by the same people. Notes can be shared using the standard Android dialog, though I'm finding it hard to think of a reason why.

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Unlimited use of Simplenote is free, and you don't even need an account to get started - just download the app and start creating new notes. (Of course you'll need to create an account if you want to sync across devices and the web, and there's no way to tie a Simplenote account into Google or Facebook. Rats.) Give it a try if the ever-growing features of Evernote have become cumbersome for you.