Journey, a new journaling app released to Google Play, wants you to rediscover the joys of writing about your life through the “warmth and humanity” of its beautiful UI. As I mention, this is a journaling app, but after spending a few moments with it, I think you will agree with its creators that the design certainly makes you want to start documenting your life adventures.
The app features a Material Design-like interface in parts. The top navigation bar screams MD, as does the tablet interface, but the rest of the UI should be very familiar to those who have used Android apps at all over the last couple of years. There is a slideout navigation drawer, “+” button to add new posts, action overflow menus to access more options, and simple swipe navigation to get between entries.
In terms of features, Journey includes Markdown shortcuts, a word and character counter, ability to add photos, keyboard shortcuts, night mode, is ad free, and syncs all of your entries across devices through Google Drive. You can search by keyword, create tags, add geotags to entries, cloud print or print-to-PDF, and share with anyone. While I’m no journaling expert, this app seems to be fully featured.
There are some in-app purchases to unlock some of the special features I mentioned (Markdown shortcuts, night mode, etc.), but the majority of the app is free.