What is Google Keep?
Well this is awkward – Google felt that having an RSS feed service was redundant but on the contrary they feel we need multiple ways to take notes (on top of Gmail, Calendar, Drive). Google Keep is the newly launched service which allows users to take notes on an Android device or via the Web and then have the ability to store them in Google Drive. Keep is basically Google’s reply to Evernote and while Apple’s iOS includes a Notes and Reminders app, Keep is the first mobile app developed by Google which attempts to solve both of these problems.
How Does Google Keep work?
Google Keep is integrated with Google Drive, which is the popular storage service in the cloud which Google wants everyone to start making more use of. With the Keep Android app, you have the ability to key in a reminder or directly via the web version of Keep. In addition to typing out a note, there is also the functionality to store your photos in the Keep app, record voice notes which Keep converts into text so you have the luxury of reading or listening to them at a later time.
With the Android Google Keep app, you can edit the photos you take within the app using the Android’s built in camera features such as cropping, photo filters and borders. If you want to share your photos, this is also possible via Picasa, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Path, Dropbox, Send to Kindle (plus e-mail and text messaging).
If you’re trying to locate the Keeps you have kept, there is a search function and you can even colour code what you have in a variety of hues. I like how the Keep app sorts everything in a style which is very similar to Pinterest and Pocket (great interface and simple to use).
If you want to shift a reminder to the start of your mosaic, you can do this by simply dragging and dropping as you please. You have the ability to archive or remove any reminders once you’ve completed it but this is hardly revolutionary and perhaps Google really should have come up with this concept a few years earlier.
Final Thoughts on Keep
Currently, Google Keep only works with smartphones and tablets which are utilising Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or newer, and for the iOS lovers, there are no Keep apps for you just yet (same for Windows Phone or any other mobile operating system).
Interestingly, if Google Keep wants to compete with the Evernote user market, they need to release an iOS version pretty soon. Assuming the app takes off (which seems likely at this stage because of the interface and collaboration with Drive), then I would say that an iOS app shouldn’t be too far aware especially since Gmail, Drive, Maps, YouTube, Field Trip, Translate are already on iOS.
Quick tip: If you have a smartphone or tablet and you’re running Android Jelly Bean 4.2, Google has developed a Keep Widget which can be kept on your Android homescreen. This will allow you to add a reminder without the need to unlock your device.