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Evernote 2.0 for Android is now available, brings many improvements

Evernote 2.0 for Android Home screenEvernote has announced the immediate availability of version 2.0 of its Android application. Obviously, like before, the app will allow you to take notes, photos, record audio, and access all your Evernote data. But it does bring many improvements and feature additions. In fact, Evernote says this is the single biggest leap in functionality any Evernote app has ever received in one release.

Evernote 2.0 for Android has a redesigned Home screen (as seen in the screenshot to the right). A search magnifying glass is now at the top of every screen inside the app (except the Home screen) so you can easily start a search no matter what you are doing. The improved Search function also lets you look for things near you based on your location and provides quick access to both previous and saved searches.

New views and more options have become available when viewing a note. Sorting and browsing have been made easier. Sorting now works offline and you can group your notes by notebook, location, or month. If you tap and hold a note in a note list you get a menu that has options such as Edit, Delete, get Note info, Email, Map view, Tagging. A header bar has also been added to make it simple to switch among searches, notes, tags, and notebooks.

Note creation has also been improved, with support for multiple attachments per note. The Evernote widget has been given a makeover, and, if you're on Android 2.1 or newer, the integrated Google search widget now has access to Evernote data too. You can even create a shortcut for any individual note on your Android home screen. You can also send content from other apps on your smartphone to Evernote via Android's built-in sharing mechanism. The information you send is instantly made into a new note.

Evernote 2.0 caches all your data locally when you first launch it. This dramatically improves the overall operating speed of the app and provides a smoother experience. The app can be set to sync periodically in the background, so whenever you access it you'll always have the most up-to-date data. Also, when a note is viewed or created on the device, it will be automatically stored offline (free of charge).

If, however, you want to have offline access to any of your notebooks, you'll have to get an Evernote Premium account. This will set you back $5 per month and lets you specify which notebooks you want made available offline. You can upgrade to Premium straight from within the app.

Evernote 2.0 for Android is a free download from the Android Market.

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