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Evernote unveils handwriting option for Android devices like Samsung's Galaxy Note 3

Texting and email has largely made handwritten notes a thing of the past, but Evernote is looking to change that with a new digital handwriting feature.

The option makes it easy to switch between writing, typing, and taking photos, according to the company, and is available for Android phones and tablets.

"Say you're in chemistry class. You should be able to type everything that the professor says, then draw a chemical structure, then type some more, all while recording the audio from the lecture. These aren't separate ideas. They should all live together. And that's what we built," the Evernote team wrote in a blog post.

So how does it work? Inside any note, you can tap the pen icon to start writing. Don't have enough room to get creative? Click on the plus symbol at the bottom of the screen to add more space.

Also, you can choose different colours and levels of thickness for your script, and when you're finished, just tap on the checkmark to immediately return to typing, add an attachment, record audio, or drop an image into the note, all in one place.

The note taking function works with a stylus and your finger, and comes about two years after Evernote acquired iPad handwriting app Penultimate.

But handwriting isn't all Evernote is releasing in this update. The company also significantly improved the note editor, adding more editing options for highlighting text and linking Evernote with other platforms. A faster camera and better annotation features are also now available.

To learn more, check out our review of Evernote for Android.