OneNote for Android updated, adds tablet UI and handwriting recognition

by: Andrew GrushAugust 19, 2014


Last month Microsoft updated the beta version of its OneNote app, adding in handwriting support, either via stylus or simply by using your finger. Now this feature is rolling out to the stable OneNote app, alongside a brand new tablet-optimized UI. OneNote has always worked on tablets, but the old UI wasn’t designed to take full advantage of the extra screen realestate.

The new tablet UI includes a navigation system that lets you scan through your notebooks and section quickly without as much zooming or tapping. While handwriting and the tablet UI are the two biggest changes, the app’s change-log also mentions new formatting options like font types, font sizes, alignments, and tags on your tablet. There’s also the expected dose of bug fixes and performance improvements.

To grab the update you’ll want to head on over to Google Play. For those that have already updated, what do you think of the new tablet UI? For smartphone owners, any noticeable changes at all?


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  • ThunderCrackR

    Nice to see them adopting (in some way) the Android UI Guidlines and not using their Metro ones on Android again.

    • mildmanneredjanitor

      Serious question. Does Android have any UI dev standards?

  • SomeTechUser

    Great additions, however the title is somewhat misleading. “Handwriting Recognition” commonly means to translate drawn handwriting into text–something that I don’t think OneNote can do. (Please correct me if I am wrong.) Referencing the article, it should read “Handwriting Support” which is a more generic way of describing capturing drawn handwriting.

  • Amrit Zoad

    lol I read OnePlus!