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Microsoft Drops OneNote For Android Wear, A Completely Separate App For Voice Controlled Note Taking

September 16, 2014 - Written By Justin Diaz

Android Wear smartwatches are gaining app support rather fast, or at least perhaps faster than I personally imagined. This is a good thing rest assured, just somewhat surprising as I expected some developers to drag their feet here. Of all companies, Microsoft has brought Android Wear support to the their Android version of OneNote, allowing users to easily and quickly take voice notes using their OneNote account all from simply using their voice to talk to the watch on their wrist. They do this in the way that you might think though, as they don’t really just the Android Wear support feature into their existing application, they created a whole new separate app for it with OneNote for Android Wear. Note taking was already possible of course with Google’s Keep application, but having OneNote available is hugely beneficial for the fact that many users may opt for Microsoft’s app over Google Keep.

Creating a new note of course requires a few things, those things being an office account, the OneNote for Android Wear app installed on your Android Wear connected smartphone, and lastly speaking the command, “OK Google, take a note.” Once your note has been comprehended by the watch it’ll sync the information to your phone and save it in your account for later on. Microsoft has made plenty of strides to become a more open corporation and we have seen them do this through various means like developing the Android version of their popular apps in the first place. This is just one more way that we see Microsoft opening themselves up to more possibilities and recognizing that Windows is not the only platform out there. It is certainly a smart move on their part as it might even draw in some new users to OneNote, and in turn maybe even to other Microsoft office applications since using OneNote requires having a working Office account to begin with.

OneNote is free to use, so if you have a Samsung Gear Live, LG G Watch, or Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch and haven’t already installed the OneNote for Android Wear application on your smartphone, you can grab the app from the Play Store and download it, upon which the app will install a version of itself on your connected Android Wear device and you’ll be capable of taking notes by voice. Simple. Is anyone using OneNote over other note taking apps? Does the Android Wear support draw you in as a new user?