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Galaxy Note 7's new all-in-one Notes app will come to other Note devices

The Note 7 comes with a new, one-stop note managing app that replaces previous Memo, S Note, and Scrapbook apps, and it's coming to older Note devices.

Published onAugust 26, 2016


Previous Note users who jumped on Samsung’s newest phablet powerhouse may have noticed, upon ejecting the S Pen, that note management of your different inputs has changed. This is because Samsung has simplified the experience, and consolidated all the note-taking functions into one app – Samsung Notes. Before, different use cases were separated between Action memo, S Note, Scrapbook, and Memo apps.

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Apart from being simpler on the user (i.e. tabbing between available tools instead of switching apps), having a one-stop note app allows for some nifty integration between different kinds of content. For instance, users can merge a drawing, text, and voice recording into a single note creation. Samsung integrated a way for the app to detect the type of content and adjust its size based on the grid-style interface of the home screen, making it easier to visualize or share.

Samsung Notes doesn’t just improve management but enhances note capabilities as well. The text input now supports check boxes, bullets, numbering, and font colors. It has handwriting recognition, if you prefer to write out your notes, and the app’s search feature can detect handwritten notes. On the drawing side of things, Samsung Notes sports seven types of specialized drawing brushes.


This is all dandy, but what if you’re sticking with your current Note a bit longer? Fortunately, Samsung has stated that the new Samsung Notes app will be carried over to other Note devices ‘in the near future’. That’s a little vague – we don’t know how far back the support will reach or how soon that means, but at least it’s something. Do older Note owners want to get in on the Samsung Notes action, or is it not a big deal for you?

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