Evernote is releasing Evernote 2.0 for Android today, touting the update as one of the company's biggest product updates to date. It's also a nod towards the rapid growth of the Android platform that more and more companies are polishing up their Android offerings.Note-taking and storage platform
The new version has a number of key improvements, including a better interface with almost every screen. But all the key features are still in the app: the ability to take notes, snap pictures, record audio, and sync your Evernote data across devices.
Improved Search Features
Your Evernote notes are now searchable via the Google Search widget on your Android's home screen. You can also create shortcuts from the home screen directly to any note or search (such as your To Do or grocery lists).
And within the app, the Search button is now available at the top of every screen so you can access the feature more easily. The Search screen also allows you to, well, search, but to also view previous and saved searches, as well as one of my favorite Evernote tricks, search for notes within a certain radius of your location, something that is perfect for finding the notes you took while at a certain venue (Good for libraries. Great for long-term parking at the airport.)
When you're viewing a note, you'll also see a new tab that, when clicked, will give a thumbnail view of all the notes from your current search. This new feature lets you quickly switch between notes.
And overall, "quick" is a good way to describe the new Android app, whose performance seems to be much more responsive than the older version.
Finally, Offline Notebooks
Evernote is one of the key tools in my workflow, and as such I've paid for a Premium account. And so I'm happy to see that this upgrade adds one of the best features from the iPhone app: the ability to specify notebooks that you want to be available for offline viewing.
And if you run out of storage space on your Android's internal memory, Evernote 2.0 will let you move the app to the SD card.
The new version is available for download via the Android Market.