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Evernote for Android goes big today

Android-toting users of the do-it-all note-taker Evernote, listen up. Whether you do your scrawling on your tablet or on your less generously proportioned phone, you're in for a delicious treat today, as Evernote introduces its shiny new Android app for tablets, along with a handful of serious new features for the rest of our Android devices.

Android-toting users of the do-it-all note-taker Evernote, listen up. Whether you do your scrawling on your tablet or on your less generously proportioned phone, you're in for a delicious treat today, as Evernote introduces its shiny new Android app for tablets, along with a handful of serious new features for the rest of our Android devices.

(Credit: Evernote)

First up, Evernote for Android tablets. Perfectly suited to the expanded real estate, the new Evernote app shows off an all-new Snippet View home screen, which displays your notes in a clean grid, and tucks all of the controls neatly along the left and top edges. Tapping on a note brings it into full view, while a tap and hold brings up options. There's also a conveniently placed Search button in the upper-right corner which brings up a sleek popover panel where you can conduct a simple keyword search or get more specific with an Advanced Search.

Rich text-editing toolbar

(Credit: Evernote)

While viewing a single note, you'll also notice the scrollable sidebar along your right. This extra panel gives you easy access to the rest of your notes, without forcing you to exit your current note to go back to the Home screen. And finally, there's a Map View, which plots all of your geotagged notes by location.

But Android tablet users aren't the only ones with something to smile about today, as all Android devices now have rich text capabilities. For a long time, a big knock on Evernote's mobile app was its inability to stylize text in notes. It forced users to create rather bland documents on the go, then spruce them up later while sitting down at a full desktop browser. Well, with today's major update, that is no longer the case. Download the app now, and you'll see a new bar just above the keyboard, with ample editing options like bold, italic, underline, bullet list, numbered list, and check box. This is indeed a welcome addition.

New large Home screen widget option

(Credit: Evernote)

Also, all Android devices get a new large widget option. Paste the widget on your Home screen, and you'll be able to perform all of your core Evernote features, plus you'll see snippets of your most recently accessed notes. It takes up quite a bit more screen space than the small widget option, but for those who constantly edit or append the same few notes over and over, it could be hugely convenient.

Evernote for Android is available now for free in the Android Market.

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