We are really excited to announce that we will start beta-testing our official Android app this very same week. The Android app has been our most demanded feature since we started. For a long time we have been saying that we were working on it. Today we can say the app is finally here. You are going to be able to try it starting this Friday.
How does it looks like
Our Android app is native, it works offline and it looks just gorgeous:
We haven’t ported our iPhone app to Android. Esteban, our Android developer, has worked hard with Javier, our designer, to translate zendone’s look into a native Android app that feels like an Android app. We have used the latest Android’s recommended patterns and practices. For example, we have opted for a sliding panel as the main navigation mechanism. This is a common mechanism in Android apps that has been recently standardized by Google.
The app requires Android 2.3 or higher to run. That means that it is compatible with 95% of the Android devices out there. It is prepared to work with different resolutions. We haven’t optimized it for tables yet, but we have had them present when designing the internals of the UI. It’s prepared to be adapted in a near future.
The app offers a Do and Review and Organize panels that are very similar to the web app’s. The Do sections contains your focus, incoming actions and recently completed actions. In the Review and Organize you can see your whole system of actions and projects. You can see Evernote notes attached to actions and edit all their attributes.
Since we started we wanted to leave some functions out for the initial version. We will include them in future versions:
- Process your inbox
- Filter actions by context
- A next filter as in the web app
How to join the beta process
We will start with an open beta. All the people can subscribe to it. But please, notice that it is a beta. The app, specially in the early versions, will contain bugs. So please, consider waiting a few weeks more if what you want is a polished version.
If you want to participate in the beta process please sign up in our group. We will start the beta process this Friday 31st of May. You will receive a link for joining the during that day.
Thanks for your patience
Today is a huge milestone for us. We know that you have been waiting too much time for it. We are incredibly thankful for your patience and continuous support.
We really hope you enjoy the Android app. We are very proud of the app and we believe that, combined with the excellent Evernote apps out there, it covers the most important mobile use cases for Android users. We intend to keep improving it in future versions. But we think that waiting with the app in your hand is a much better state than without it.
Also, we have prepared a bunch of nice updates for the web app. We will release a new version in the next days. And the same for the iPhone app. Stay tuned!