Microsoft recently launched a beta program for its OneNote Android app, and a couple weeks later we are now seeing the first update hit devices. It happens to include a number of noteworthy enhancements. Primarily, the debut beta update introduces the ability to take handwritten notes with either a fingertip or stylus, a natural progression for a note-taking app geared at touchscreen devices.

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Joining this change are a number of formatting options letting users tweak fonts, text size, and word alignment. The app is also easier to navigate now that people are free to switch between notebooks and pages just by swiping.

Here's the changelog. LG G3 owners will be particularly pleased by the last bullet point.

What's new:

  • Take handwritten notes or draw with a stylus or with your finger.
  • Use a variety of formatting options like font types, font sizes, alignments, and tags on your tablet.
  • Move between your notebooks, sections, and pages with a swipe.
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements.
  • Support for LG G3

As previously mentioned, the beta program first launched earlier this month. For instructions on how to get in on this action, check out our announcement post from that time.

Source: Google+

Thanks, Shane and Ryan!

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

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  • http://www.corbindavenport.com/ Corbin Davenport

    I tried OneNote a while back for school notes, but the app's editing capabilities are awful compared to the desktop version. I'm sticking with Google Keep and Evernote.

  • Badouken

    Microsoft should have had a fully workable touch office suite years ago... at the very least when Windows 8 came out. Not like it matters to me ive been using Google Drive/Docs for awhile now.

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      Apple had the same problems with the transition to PowerPC and then to Intel. In fact, when they debuted Mac OS X as a 1.0 finished product, it didn't have a DVD player or even a Works-style productivity app. How many iterations of iOS did it take before you could attach anything to an email? Then how long before you could attach anything other than a picture?

      You can iterate on a product many times before it becomes successful, and Microsoft is known for only getting it right on the third iteration, which would be Windows Phone 8.1

      And it wasn't until Gingerbread before Google got ANY traction on Android, and that is still evident by the massive amounts of devices that still use it, according to Google's own information.



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      I don't know, 3d gestures on a smart phone is pretty impressive.
      Whether or not you actually find it useful, it's a stepping stone to a interactive and futuristic environment.

      Also they're making nice progress on holographic work

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      Their apps are getting topnotch again. I can't say the same about their phones though..

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  • Jeffrey Fazal

    I will definitely try this on my new LG G3 once its 3000mAh battery gets fully
    charged on wireless charging pad.

    • http://themaskedcowboy.com Sean

      The beta only updates once the app is already installed which you can't do on the G3. Anyone know how to side load this application?

  • Jon Leach

    Microsoft needs to just make a 1:1 copy of the desktop app for the Android app. Every conversation about it comes back to that comparison and its almost always desktop > mobile app.

  • Maskawisewin

    The app is great for reviewing notes but if it still doesn't have equation support then forget about it.

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    I used to use OneNote extensively 3-4 years ago. Then I moved on to Evernote and OneDay. Would like to give OneNote another try, only if the mobile apps weren't these laggy and slow.

  • Cantime77

    anyone knows how to sideload it. I'm in Canada and can't seem to have this installed.