Devices loaded with OneNote for Android, the mobile version of the Microsoft’s classic tool for organizing notes and keeping track of everyday tasks, is getting an update that turns it into even more of an Evernote competitor — especially for users of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4.
Announced today, Microsoft says the updated OneNote for Android application allows users to “add anything from anywhere.” As such, the update contains new hooks that allow OneNote to integrate with the Google Chrome web browser this comes installed on most Android devices. This way users can share images, webpages and more to OneNote from within the app itself. This new Add to OneNote feature also enables users to embed videos and files directly to their OneNote notebooks too.
Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 users will want to quickly download the updated OneNote for Android app too. Microsoft has added a new “multi-window mode”. Essentially, smartphones that support multiple open windows will be able to snap OneNote to the side of their screen while doing other things. The update also includes an updated widget that allows users to quickly access recent notes. The feature almost mirrors the Recent Notes area included on the Windows Store version of OneNote.
It’s the company’s hope that users will pin the new Recent Notes widget to their Android device’s home screen for quick access. The widget also includes quick access buttons for capturing pictures, voice notes and more. Users can finally pin individual notebook sections and pages to their home screen too.
With this update it appears OneNote for Android is finally approaching the usability of the native Windows Store and Windows Phone 8 applications that users of Microsoft’s own platforms enjoy.
The updated OneNote for Android application is already available in the Google Play Store. Users with the app already installed will receive the update automatically. OneNote is also available online, on iPhone and iPad and all of Microsoft’s platforms in some form. The application relies on Microsoft’s free SkyDrive storage service to sync notebooks and notes between devices.