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Excellent news for Android-toting Google Hold customers: you’re lastly getting the textual content formatting choices the app has so desperately wanted for years. Google introduced this week that the flexibility to daring, italicize, and in any other case rework textual content in your notes is rolling out now, and it is best to begin to see it within the app quickly. (I don’t have it but, however Mishaal Rahman and some others really noticed the characteristic forward of its official launch, so it appears to be coming quick.)

The brand new Hold options are extra within the “ought to have been right here all alongside” class than they’re shiny new issues, however they’re nonetheless a welcome addition to the app. And really, Google has been paying an uncommon quantity of consideration to Hold just lately: customers bought a brand new homescreen widget earlier this yr, and now you can open a number of Hold home windows at a time in your machine. Google’s additionally slowly rolling out model historical past so you may see all of the adjustments you’ve made to your notes over time.

Hold is, in case you didn’t already know, a wonderful note-taking app. It’s quick, out there on Android, iOS, and the net, and it manages to be each very simple and fairly intelligent. Paste a hyperlink right into a notice, and the cardboard reformats as a wealthy preview so you understand precisely what it’s. A single-line notice simply appears to be like like a Submit-it, however an extended notice appears to be like extra like a doc. You may attract a notice; you may report audio in a notice; you may set reminders in a notice! And since it is a Google product we’re speaking about, it’s all searchable and accessible within the sidebar of a bunch of different Google merchandise.

The brand new formatting choices make Hold much more highly effective — whereas nonetheless being tremendous easy. Picture: Google

The large drawback with Hold is that its future appears tenuous. It doesn’t get a lot consideration or many characteristic upgrades — the app is a full 10 years previous, and that is perhaps its largest replace ever! You’re by no means going to see some lengthy speech on the I/O developer convention about how nice Hold is and all of the cool stuff you are able to do with it. That makes customers moderately anxious that Google may at any second kill the app, because it has so many others, as a part of some cost-cutting or refocusing initiative. Hold does many issues higher than Docs, however Docs is way extra more likely to nonetheless be round just a few years from now.

That’s why it’s good to see Google proceed to recollect Hold exists, simply because it has appeared to additionally bear in mind this yr that Duties exists. (Now, Google, make Hold reminders present up in Duties. It’s proper there!) The formatting choices will presumably be out there on the net and iOS in some unspecified time in the future, and so they make Hold much more highly effective on prime of that straightforward interface. Hold stays among the finest note-taking apps on Android, and usually, and hopefully it stays that method.

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