Google has launched a new service for note taking that will replace our traditional yellow sticky notes for good. The new service has been named, Google Keep and it was launched today. We’re going to see if this one is a keeper or not.
Google kept this app behind the curtains and released it to select users over the weekend; but now it’s available for everyone to use, allowing us to start saving all the important stuff we usually forget.
Google’s software engineer, Katherine Kuan wrote on the official Google blog that;
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.
She has a solid point there. Most of the time sticky notes just don’t cut it. In our digital world, we need something ready and easily accessible to keep us up to date with all the tasks we have to perform.
This is where Google Keep comes in. It will help you keep track of all your priorities, and you can jot down any thoughts you might consider important. Google Keep is similar to the company’s Tasks service, but it also lets you add images and group tasks together. All the notes are kept on the cloud, stored on Google Drive, so you can access them from anywhere the in the world.
If you have an Android then you can download the Google Keep app directly from the Google play store and start using it. Make sure you have Android 4.0 or higher to use the app. While iOS users can only access the app via Browser. We still have no confirmation if the Google Keep app will be released for iOS, we will let you know when Google releases more info regarding their plans for the platform.
The release of Google Keep is a clear sign that the search engine giant wants their share of popularity garnered by popular note taking services like Evernote. Keep is still in its earlier stages and lacks many of the cool features that Evernote offers; such as changing fonts and attaching larger pictures anywhere in a note’s body. Google Keep also doesn’t allow using indentation for subtasks in a checklist – a feature that’s available in Evernote and Google’s own Tasks service.
Still, Google’s simple design has some positives, like the new grid view makes it easy to read daily tasks unlike Evernote’s snippets that are not so simple. There’s another problem with Evernote’s checklists that’s a bit annoying, you cannot reorder checklist items, and when you hit enter after a checklist item, you don’t get a new checkbox automatically. So, Google’s service has an edge over Evernote. You can drag and drop your tasks in the Google Keep app to prioritize what matters. Although, this drag and drop feature is not available in the web version of the service yet, and you can only use it on Android phones/tablets.
There’s more, Google Keep won’t cost the users a buck! All it uses is your Google Drive space while Evernote on the other hand charges its users a fee if they upload more than 1GB of data a month.
So, Google actually has a good chance of making it work by adding some extra features to make it a worthy alternative to Evernote. We sincerely hope that Keep doesn’t share the same fate as Google Reader. Google Keep has the potential to be next big note-taking app.
What are your thoughts? Will you be switching to Keep or is Evernote still your top choice? Let us know.