Evernote on the Android just became a little more intuitive. The popular notepad app has released its version 4.0 for Google’s Android platform thus adding additional user interface functionality such as one swipe navigation to return to the home page, a new home screen, re-establishment of colors, larger text and a new bottom control bar allowing the user to sort his views and search the text inside of his notes.
The user should notice these differences upon launching the newest version of the app. 85 percent of the opening screen’s real estate will contain data the home screen page featuring the new note creation icon, snapshot capture, audio capture and attachment icon. The user may also one-tap navigate to a list of his notes, his notebooks, a listing of his tags or his notes sorted by place.
Here is the neat part. The other 15 percent or so of his screen contains a window holding the user’s notes. He can navigate to that window simply by swiping it and pulling it to the left. Once the window fills the screen he can again return it to its launching position simply by once again swiping to the right and pulling the window back to its original location.
This innovative two window navigation is intuitive and allows the user to quickly access his existing notes with losing the ability to create new notes with just one tap.
When the user clicks on either the notes, notebooks, tags or places menu options from the home page the side window transitions from right to left as if it were being swiped. This leaves no doubt in the users minds as to that fact that the window on the right of the screen is the same window which he will access should he tap one of these options.
If the user has accessed the secondary window, and is adverse to swiping it back to its original position, he may return to the home screen by tapping the Evernote elephant located at the top left hand side of the menu. This provides a secondary navigation mechanism for those who become confused about the navigation options.
This new Evernote app for Android is another positive step forward in the effort to keep Evernote at the top of the Android notepad space. Its intuitive interface should prove vital to capturing the interest of the new user. Little causes a new user to abandon an app like a complicated user interface which is difficult to figure out. Evernote has successfully captured and implemented the idea of keeping it simple with this latest iteration.
This is a fantastic move as Evernote has become mainstream among phone users. Mainstream users are even more likely to care about simplicity than those who use and work with apps as an occupation or just because they are phone nerds. It will be hard for these mainstream users to quickly abandon the app and justify their actions because the app is hard to figure out. Taking a powerful app like Evernote and making it appear simple is a difficult task that seems to have been accomplished with this latest app.