On Android devices, you now have the ability to annotate your Google Docs with handwritten notes


Google Docs is introducing an annotation feature that mimics the experience of marking up documents with a pen and paper. With the latest update announced at MWC 2024, Android users can now utilize their finger or a stylus to write notes, highlight text, and circle words directly within their documents. This functionality is available on both tablets and smartphones running Android, potentially enhancing productivity on devices like foldables. Additionally, it offers a smoother method for digitally signing documents.

The new annotation tool for Google Docs on Android provides users with various pen colors and highlighters, catering to those who prefer color-coded notes. While typing is efficient, many individuals still favor handwriting, as demonstrated by the popularity of digital notebooks like reMarkable’s tablets and Amazon’s Kindle Scribe. One notable absence from this update is the ability to convert handwriting to text, a feature offered by Apple’s native iPad productivity apps for Apple Pencil users, such as Pages and Numbers.