Microsoft updates OneNote for iOS and Android

Microsoft has released new updates for both the iOS and Android OneNote apps and both ports share some new features and improvements that have been put into the popular note-taking program. The iOS app is available to download on iTunes while the Android app can be accessed on Google Play.

The official OneNote blog has the details on what's been included in each update. Both the iOS and Android versions will now allow notes to appear the same across all of the devices and platforms (Windows, Windows Phone, Android, iOS) that OneNote supports. The updates will also render ink on Android and iOS apps. The updates also allow for notebooks to be viewed on Office 365 as well as a way to search for notes from within each app.

In addition, the iOS OneNote app update includes some formatting options. The Android app adds support for taking audio notes along with a way to add OneNote widgets to the home screen. While this is not mentioned on the OneNote blog, an email from Microsoft also says that the iOS and Android apps can now take an unlimited amount of notes for free with these updates. Previously, the apps could only take 500 notes for free.

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New version doesn't support password protected sections THis is just unexplainable, even web version of OneNote can open password protected sections. Typical Microsoft...

Luther said,
526 MB for mobile app? (iOS) Ridiculous.

Thought you were joking but OneNote for iPhone is 278 MB! Gotta open up the app folder later and see what is stored in there. Part of the size might be the fonts, but how does a fairly simple note taker balloon to that big...?

edit: opening up the app folder and I found about 318 MBs worth of fonts and the binary executable itself is 73.98 MB.

Edited by Denis W., Jul 2 2013, 6:04am :

Installation file is smaller indeed (200+ MB), but after installation it is 526 MB (you can see it in Settings | General | Usage | Storage section).

Version 1.3 was 11,7 MB. It was not universal, but come on! OneNote is not a 3D game with tons of graphics, sounds etc. 12->526 MB increase is insane!

I think OneNote is a universal app, but not packaged as such. Both the iPad version and the iPhone version come up to the same sizes in the App Store.

Keeping in mind the previous version didn't have support for different fonts, and that Microsoft seems to be using their own drawing engine for fonts (similar to Office Mobile), and the fonts up there... I could see where the size is coming from. Still nuts though.

Damn. The iOS app is finally up to date and it's beautiful. I absolutely love the UI that Microsoft is using for their new apps.

I use OneNote on my iPhone 5, Surface RT, and through Outlook.com

EdwinTheWise said,
My surface RT Onenote version is broken since a couple of days ago.....
Did this happen to anyone else?

Desktop or modern? What is broken about it? Mine seems okay

ians18 said,

Desktop or modern? What is broken about it? Mine seems okay

Modern... I have install and unistall it several time and it just crahes.....
Must be sometinhg with the tablet.....

EdwinTheWise said,

Modern... I have install and unistall it several time and it just crahes.....
Must be sometinhg with the tablet.....

Try backing up the notebooks and taking them off SkyDrive. They might have been corrupted. If that allows it launch then you just need to pin down which one is crashing it.

georgevella said,
Try backing up the notebooks and taking them off SkyDrive. They might have been corrupted. If that allows it launch then you just need to pin down which one is crashing it.

Hi
Thanks for the tip, i´ve tried it but i didn´t work. Sometinhg went wrong with the tablet because Angry Birds Star Wars stoped working also.
Going to restore it

EdwinTheWise said,

Hi
Thanks for the tip, i´ve tried it but i didn´t work. Sometinhg went wrong with the tablet because Angry Birds Star Wars stoped working also.
Going to restore it

Just restored surface. OneNote is working. Angry Birds is broken( i have a paid version)

iPad version looks and works great. If this is what Office Mobile on the iPad can look like then good things are ahead.

iPhone version is also fine. Nice to see them removing the upper limit for taking notes before purchasing an in-app update.