And while we are talking about Evernote, the Android version has just received a major functionality upgrade . Evernote for Android 3.6 now features speech-to-text capabilities that makes dictating notes in Evernote really easy, plus Evernote has added a bunch of new features for the Evernote Widget app. Audio notes have been a core feature of the app since day one but now is Evernote giving its users a new option: speech recognition. By tapping the new speech bubble icon in the tool bar above the keyboard, this feature is launched. As you talk, the app instantly places your spoken words into the body of the note as text.
When done recording, Evernote is also attaching the original audio to the note. By having both recording and text together, users can now easily search and find audio notes. Furthermore it's still possible to capture audio notes without the speech recognition by simply tapping and holding the speech bubble icon which will switch to a microphone.
The speech-to-text feature uses Google Android's text transcription service and therefore a user must be online for it to work. Also, Evernote mentioned that this capability is only available on devices with Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich, and - according to Evernote - certain other devices. In out tests it also worked fine with some Android devices running Android 2.3/Gingerbread only, so it's not exactly clear on which devices it works or not.
In addition to the speech-to-text capabilities, this Evernote update also received a bunch of new capabilities for the homescreen widget, which is available as a separate download.
For instance has Evernote added a new gear icon to the widget that lets users customize the following features:
- Widget Color - Choose between original green or a new dark theme
- Custom Buttons - Choose which Evernote functions appear in the widget
- Large Widget Notes - Choose what notes appears in the large widget—last viewed; last updates; specific notebooks, tags, or Saved Searches
The new tiny 1×1 single function Evernote widget takes users up the same screen real estate as an app icon. This widget is great for placing a single Evernote function anywhere a user like.
But the newest widget function is the Quick Snapshot. This feature truly lives up to its name. By tapping on the Quick Snapshot icon, the camera launches which allows to snap a photo and save it. That's it. A new snapshot note will be added to the user's Evernote account with an auto-generated title.
As always, besides the new features above, there are lots of behind the scenes bug fixes and stability improvements that make the app faster and more reliable.
As always, Evernote 3.6 for Android is now available free of charge from the Google Play Android Market.
Cheers ~ Arne