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Let your handwriting shine in Evernote's Android app

Thanks to a recent update, you can now jot down handwritten notes in the Evernote Android app.

Screenshot by Sarah Mitroff/CNET

You can already type, record, and snap a photo to add new notes to Evernote, and now you can write out your thoughts on your phone or tablet screen to get your message across. Evernote updated its Android app Wednesday to add handwriting, a feature it's been beta testing for a few months.

With the update, you can use a stylus or just your finger to write and draw in any note. There are four color options: black, blue, red, and green, and three pen thicknesses. You get a dedicated box where you can draw and write, which is roughly the size of your screen in either landscape or portrait mode, and you can add as many individual handwriting boxes to one note as you want. You can also seamlessly switch between typing and manually writing by tapping the pen icon in the menu bar that appears at the top of each note.

Evernote's Android app is the first to get handwriting built in. On iOS, Evernote-owned app Penultimate lets you write or sketch and automatically saves those notes to Evernote, but that feature isn't baked into the official app.

Along with handwriting, the Android update brings a faster camera (twice as fast as before), text highlighting, and improved note linking to the app. If you already have Evernote installed on your Android phone or tablet, you can expect to receive the update starting today.