Will Verduzco · Feb 5, 2012 at 03:30 pm

Looking for a New Way to Take Notes on Android?

Aside from contributing to the ubiquity of social networking, one of the main functions of the modern PDA-type device is to help us remember things that we would otherwise forget. That’s why note taking apps are both incredibly important and remarkably abundant on every mobile OS.

With apps like Color Note and Evernote, you would think that Android has already reached market saturation in the note-taking realm. Despite this, two free member-created apps released today hope to forge their place on our Android phone or tablet.

HoloNotes

HoloNotes

The first entry is HoloNotes by XDA forum member JR. As its name implies, this app makes excellent use of the new Holo UI paradigm first seen in Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Unfortunately for those still on older OS revisions, it requires Android 3.2 or newer.

While HoloNotes doesn’t offer any additional core functionality compared to the average note taking app, it gives a much needed UI face lift to the whole note taking process. Considering the recent unveiling of the Android Design website, well designed apps like HoloNotes are certainly appreciated.

AutoNotes

AutoNotes

Now if you’re looking to change the way you take notes entirely, AutoNotes by XDA forum member houzuoguo may be more up your alley. Instead of simply allowing users to enter in notes manually, AutoNotes does as its name implies and automatically takes notes based on the contents of your screen.

All you have to do is set up keywords to look for, and AutoNotes takes care of the rest. If this isn’t the Tasker of note taking, I don’t know what is. Unfortunately, the UI isn’t quite as polished as the previously mentioned HoloNotes, but AutoNotes is certainly much more powerful.

Interested in giving either app a shot? Those drawn to the sleek looks of HoloNotes can quench their stylish thirst by visiting the application thread. Users who would prefer the automated convenience of the latter creation should instead visit the AutoNotes release thread.


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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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