Android apps

Google launches Keep in the Play Store, offers Drive compatibility

March 20, 2013 | by Natesh Sood

Android apps, Productivity

Google Keep

When you think of virtual note taking, Evernote likely comes to mind.  The service a neat way to take notes on a smartphone and have it sync with your laptop or other devices.  While many people use Evernote and enjoy it, Google is ready to enter the realm of note-taking.  Even though I haven’t used Google Keep extensively yet, I imagine it is definitely worth a shot since it is a Google product.

There is one main caveat associated with the app, which I will get to in a moment.  However, let’s first discuss what makes the app unique and practical.  Some of the main features include creating checklists, creating voice notes, and embedding photos in notes.  A home screen Keep widget can help organize your notes and show what’s most important right on your home screen.  In addition, Google allows for color coding making it very similar to virtual Post-it notes.

The interesting feature about Google Keep is the fact that it is deeply integrated with Drive.  As a result, any notes created on your smartphone can be easily accessed on your tablet or home computer.  Lastly, Keep can be accessed and edited on the web if you don’t own an Android device running 4.0.3 or higher.

Here is the main caveat, Google Keep only runs on Android devices running Android 4.0.3 or higher, which alienates a sizable portion of Android users.  If your Android smartphone or tablet runs ICS or higher, then you are in luck and can install Google Keep right away.

The question that immediately comes to mind is whether Google Keep can dethrone Evernote.  I am not so sure, but it’s great to see Google offer Evernote some competition.

Below is a YouTube video explaining the service in a little more detail and provides a real-life example.

[Google Android Blog]