Microsoft makes an Android ar app for OneNote

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 16 Sep 2014

Microsoft is showing a newfound appreciation for Android with a version of its OneNote productivity app for Android ar smartwatches.

Users can install the OneNote for Android ar app, then use the “take a note” voice comm to dictate text notes. The note then syncs online for access from any device.

OneNote’s Android ar support is bare-bones compared to other note-taking apps, such as Keep Evernote. You can’t use it for time- or location-based reminders, you can’t open existing notes on the watch itself. Still, if you’re already hooked into Microsoft’s platform, the smartwatch app is helpful for logging a quick thought without taking out your phone.

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I gave the app a try on a Moto 360, it works as advertised. If you have other note-taking apps installed, the watch will prompt you to choose a default app for voice dictation, but you won’t be prompted again after you’ve selected OneNote from the list. (You can change the default for note-taking through the Android ar smartphone app.)

My only nitpick is that Microsoft created a separate app for Android ar instead of building smartwatch support into the main OneNote app. It doesn’t make much practical difference, but the beauty of Android ar is that users shouldn’t have to install manage a second set of apps just for the watch. In theory, once there’s a critical mass of developer support, everything should just work with the apps you already have on your phone.

Hopefully, that’s a point Microsoft will grasp as it continues to warm up to Android. In addition to the new Android ar app, Microsoft has also recently launched an Outlook b App for Android, an Android tablet version of OneNote with hwriting support, business partition support for OneDrive .