Google Keep: keeping your notes together
A few days ago, Android Police reported that Google might be releasing a Note taking app called Keep. It “kinda” went live and finally, it’s out. What is it? Think Evernote or Springpad or Catch Notes. Now make it simpler, remove the sorting, add in Google Drive Sync and integration, and you get keep. It looks nice and seems to work well (it better, it’s simple). Right now, it’s available for the web and for Android (Play Store Link). Hopefully, it’ll be available on more platforms soon. I really hope Google launches a Google Tasks app, or integrates Google Tasks with Keep.
There has been quite a bit of backlash on the internet though, mainly because of Google Readers impending demise and people have started questioning how long Google will let Keep run before taking it down.
Here’s the introduction video from Google:
This is the post from the Official Google Blog:
Every day we all see, hear or think of things we need to remember. Usually we grab a pad of sticky-notes, scribble a reminder and put it on the desk, the fridge or the relevant page of a magazine. Unfortunately, if you’re like me you probably often discover that the desk, fridge or magazine wasn’t such a clever place to leave the note after all…it’s rarely where you need it when you need it.
To solve this problem we’ve created Google Keep. With Keep you can quickly jot ideas down when you think of them and even include checklists and photos to keep track of what’s important to you. Your notes are safely stored in Google Drive and synced to all your devices so you can always have them at hand.
If it’s more convenient to speak than to type that’s fine—Keep transcribes voice memos for you automatically. There’s super-fast search to find what you’re looking for and when you’re finished with a note you can archive or delete it.
Changing priorities isn’t a problem: just open Keep on your Android phone or tablet (there’s a widget so you can have Keep front and center all the time) and drag your notes around to reflect what matters. You can choose the color for each note too.
Pro tip: for adding thoughts quickly without unlocking your device there’s a lock screen widget (on devices running Android 4.2+).
Google Keep is available on Google Play for devices running Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich and above. You can access, edit and create new notes on the web at http://drive.google.com/keep and in the coming weeks you’ll be able to do the same directly from Google Drive.