We've followed smartpen maker Livescribe's path to Android compatibility, starting with their announcement at CES that they would finally bring their app to the platform. It then released as a preview less than two weeks ago in select locales. Starting today, they are both dropping the "preview" label and making the app available globally.

Livescribe+ and its companion app collectively manage the connection and notes taken with their newest smartpen, the Livescribe 3. While there is software support for Android, the device needs to have KitKat 4.4.2 or newer as well as a Bluetooth 4.0 LE radio. If you aren't sure whether yours is compatible, just download Livescribe Link and it will tell you, even if you don't have a pen yet. There is also a compatibility list, but it isn't comprehensive.

More than just a cosmetic change, the 1.0.0 release claims to have added "numerous performance and stability improvements" and refined the user interface in the feed and pencast views. One such improvement is the ability to remove snippets from the feed, which will be much appreciated.

If you missed it, I reviewed the Livescribe 3 along with its software on Android. Make sure to check that out if you're interested in the wide world of smartpens.

Press Release

Livescribe+ for Android Brings the Best of Handwritten Notes and Digital Organization to Both iOS and Android Devices

Oakland, Calif. - May 12, 2015 - Livescribe Inc. (www.livescribe.com), the leading manufacturer of smartpens, launched the Android version of the Livescribe+ app globally today, opening up the award-winning Livescribe 3 smartpen to millions of Android smartphones and tablets. Android users can start digitizing, searching and sharing their handwritten notes now by picking up a Livescribe 3 smartpen and downloading the Livescribe+ app, free on the Google Play store. Initially launched for iOS, Livescribe+ for Android has been optimized for Android by incorporating Google’s Material Design guidelines to introduce a unique Android approach to the app’s core functions and user experience.

“Android support is a huge milestone for the Livescribe 3 smartpen,” said Gilles Bouchard, CEO of Livescribe. “The Livescribe 3 has proven that handwriting with real ink on real paper is even more useful when paired with the mobile devices we use every day. Studies show that writing things down helps people understand and remember the discussion better, and a digital copy is even more important when you’re on the go.”

One Livescribe 3 smartpen can sync with up to four iOS and Android devices, so people can access the same notes whenever they need, on their iPad as well as their Android smartphone, or any other combination of iOS and Android mobile devices. Livescribe+ and the Livescribe 3 smartpen are compatible with devices running Android OS v4.4.2 (KitKat) or newer, with support for Bluetooth® Smart (aka Bluetooth 4.0 low energy). The Livescribe 3 smartpen uses Bluetooth Smart to easily connect to multiple devices and deliver up to 14 hours of continuous writing on one charge.

The Livescribe 3 smartpen is an elegant writing instrument that has proven to be irreplaceable to many professionals and students already, during client-facing meetings, briefings and lectures. With the Livescribe+ app, every handwritten note is digitized so that it’s more useful than ever - people can save, search, and share their notes via the apps and services they already use and love, including Evernote, Microsoft OneNote, Dropbox, Google Drive and more. This allows people to continue working how they want to work, and be as productive as possible throughout the day. Customers will be able to share their notes with other apps which support PDF files. The Evernote and Microsoft OneNote Auto-Send feature currently available in the iOS version of Livescribe+ is scheduled to be added to Android in the future.

Livescribe+ also allows customers to create pencasts – interactive documents that synchronize recorded audio with digital handwriting. Pencasts can be played back from the mobile device at any time, allowing customers to review their meetings and lectures. They can also be shared as PDFs that can be played back from other mobile devices as well as laptops or desktop computers.

Unique to Android, Livescribe has also launched a second app called Livescribe Link, an Android Service app that manages the connection between smartpen and Livescribe+ and, in the future, other third-party apps that make use of Livescribe’s Android SDK. It also conducts a compatibility check when it’s installed, so potential customers can make sure their Android device is compatible with Livescribe+ before they purchase a smartpen.

To download the apps for your Android device, visit:

-       Livescribe+: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.livescribe.companion

-       Livescribe Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.livescribe.smartpenutility

Supported devices: http://www.livescribe.com/en-us/smartpen/ls3/compatibility_android.html

The Livescribe 3 smartpen is available for $149.95 (USD) or $199.95 (Pro edition) in the US at http://store.livescribe.com, Amazon, Apple.com, Best Buy, Fry’s, NewEgg.com, Paradise Pen, Sprint and T-Mobile.

For more information, please visit http://www.livescribe.com.

About Livescribe

Livescribe brings notes, words and ideas to life. Livescribe smartpens make it easy to connect paper and pen to the digital world and fundamentally change the way people capture, access and share what they write, draw and hear. Livescribe’s family of smartpens includes the Echo smartpen, the Sky wifi smartpen and the Livescribe 3 smartpen.