Mar 20 AT 5:19 PM Nick Gray 35 Comments

Google Keep hits Google Play – keeps your notes in sync across all your connected devices

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Roughly 24 hours after Google Keep made a short appearance on the web, it appears the service has actually gone live. From the looks of it, Google Keep is being positioned as a simple note taking service which allows you to “stay on top of your world by quickly accessing and organizing the information you want” by allowing you to enter notes, pictures and lists.

Google Keep is accessible through Google Drive and can also be downloaded on your Android phone and tablet from Google Play. It’s nice to see Google expand its service and app portfolio, but Google Keep will need to improve quickly if they want to compete with services like Evernote, Wunderlist, SpringPad and even Microsoft’s OneNote. Hopefully Google Keep will evolve into a much more robust app with notifications, note categorization, tagging or even drawing support.

If you download Google Keep, leave us a comment below and let us know your initial thoughts.

Google Keep features

  • Keep track of your thoughts via notes, lists and photos
  • Have voice notes transcribed automatically
  • Use homescreen widgets to capture thoughts quickly
  • Color-code your notes to help find them later
  • Swipe to archive things you no longer need
  • Turn a note into a checklist by adding checkboxes
  • Use your notes from anywhere – they are safely stored in the cloud and available on the web at http://drive.google.com/keep

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Google has even uploaded a short YouTube video which highlights the main features of the new service.

 

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • jamal adam

    This is one beautiful app. It’s simple, easy to use and I love the integration with Drive.

    • Michael Benjamin

      Would be awesome if it could compete with s note for the galaxy note 2….or evernote stitch. In fact even catch notes have a scribble add-on now that enables you to scriblle or draw notes with your finger or a stylus. It google can add that it’s name alone will drive it to the top of the note taking game.

    • Google doesnt keep Keep

      Wait until they shut it down like reader, google+, chrome book….insert all google failz

  • justgable

    For those that haven’t figured it out yet, you can create notes for Keep in Google Voice Search with the following commands:

    “Create note [note contents]” or “Note to self [note contents]“

  • fade

    Was kind of expecting some form of google now integration with this. I guess you’d need to be able to set a due date for it to work, but it would be nice to see reminders in now, especially through the widget.

  • fabien

    i’m not using that , i’m too afraid it might get killed three years from now in some spring cleaning !

    • jamal adam

      I feel that Google has more in store for Keep and isn’t likely to be killed off. Especially considering that they will be able to collect even more data and hopefully integration with Google+ will mean more sharing of notes, photos, ideas, etc.

      • iamXiV92a

        Not to mention it’s an extension of Google Drive which isn’t going anywhere ;-)

  • Nathan D.

    Interesting indeed.

  • HeadDoc

    Given how long it took them to come out with something like this, it is pretty minimalist.

  • perlowin

    How does this compare with EverNote?

    • stenzor

      Depends on your use.. I never needed all the features evernote offered, and making notes was too slow and clunky for me. Keep is way simpler and faster.

  • donger

    Go Google. Another Google app.

    • da9el

      yes exactly! another google app. go for it. it’s beautiful!

  • irishrally

    I use Springpad a lot but will give this a go in parallel.

  • E-man

    I don’t think it’ll get simpler than the google task app I have, but I’ll check this out because I love all things google.

    • E-man

      It needs a widget.

      • theviper21

        It has one, at least the one I just downloaded does; looks similar to the Evernote one.

  • zedthegreat

    Not being a troll, i really think this, but after the Reader fiasco I won’t be taking this on until my trust in the company is regained.

    • justgable

      Even if Google did shut down Keep in the future they would give you a way to export your data to move to another service.

  • Morten Ulveseth

    I’m going to start using this, just because its Google.

  • SGB101

    This looks Ok, but for the longest time ‘epistle’ has been my note taking app, simple, and syncs with DB, I think I’ve had it since the G1 days

  • buckeyedroid

    I’ll definitely give it a try. Anything would be better than sending email reminders to myself everyday. Google Drive integration is nice too.

  • ufmace

    I actually hope they don’t add a ton of features to it. Right now, being dead simple is the one advantage it seems to have over Evernote and others.

  • Bob

    I like it…but what I really want to see is the ability to share a note with another Google Keep user – haven’t found that option yet – hope it’s in the pipeline if not hidden at the moment.

  • aranea

    I think it should be integrated with other services like google voice and gtalk. Think about it you get an sms, email or chat that’s titled shopping list and boom you have a shopping list check box note.

  • Tangent

    Love this app so far. I’ve seen a lot of reviews that compare it unfavorably to Evernote, but I just don’t get that. I tried Evernote and hated it. Sure, it has loads of amazing features, but for my needs it was a backhoe when all I needed was a shovel. I’ve been using Any.Do for a while and love it, and will probably actually use Keep in conjunction with that.

    Any.Do works best for me for longer term notes. I use it to build a list for when I go to Lowe’s, what restaurants I like to visit when I go to Vegas, gift ideas for my wife etc… I’m also loving it’s missed call reminder feature. Keep seems friendlier for more short term note taking; more the digital equivalent of Post-It notes.

  • da9el

    it’s perfect for your little personal notes and todos. not for business probably:)

  • 787 Screamliner (currently burning in hangar)

    The perfect app for hood rats

  • cainneach

    While I’m happy to see Google Keep, I’m still depressed because of Reader and can’t help think, will they kill this too after a while?

  • mc wong

    I can’t create a note via email. Evernote allows you to email almost anything to an evernote mail account and create a note. Eg. forward flight details from airline to evernote a/c and the note is created.

  • George

    Google Tasks and its integration in gmail and the calendar is much more useful and with the right android app (gTask), it’s as fast and simple to use. I’m especially missing the option to add a due date. WHAT are they going to do with Google Tasks now? Why are the cluttering again? I don’t want to separate Tasks and Notes, as most are both. The new app and web interface is beautiful, but they should have built this on top of Tasks!!! Why google, why???

  • Ehab

    Google Keep is a very nice and practical app, but i strongly want to sync Google Keep with Google Tasks, because i have many lists in Google Tasks and i want to put them in Google keep but i can’t, so i will be glad if Google make that syncing feature.

  • Tonner

    Very nice, but actually Wunderlist is better as To Do Task Manager cause you can share tasks and add alarms. Evernote is better as note keeper. It’s a good start, but need to sync with Google Calendar to be a good To Do Task Manager.

  • More promise than reality.

    Randomly Google Keep will not save notes typed into one device to sync with another.

    Often after creating a new note on my PC, there is nothing I can do to force google to save my changes and thus sync with my Android 4.3 phone. Clicking the [Done] button closes the note but doesn’t save it. Meanwhile, other web pages load and refresh normally in my browser.

    If I try to close the Chrome browser tab that has a Google Note that was just created and finished, I get the following error message:
    —————————————————–
    Confirm Navigation
    Google Keep has unsaved changes. Do you want to leave the page and discard your changes?
    [Leave this page] [Stay on this page]
    —————————————————–

    If I click on the [Leave this page] button, I lose all changes.