Google Officially Launches Google Keep, A Free Evernote Competitor [Updates]

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Rumors about Google Keep being spotted in the wild have been flying around like crazy in the past week. According to Android Police, the note-taking service made a brief appearance on Sunday and vanished as quickly as it came. After much speculation, Google finally released its new note-taking Web app to the public on Thursday.

If you haven’t been paying close attention, you may be wondering what Google Keep is all about. Essentially, it’s a mobile service for Android 4,0 and up, which lets you to quickly jot down information if you don’t have a pen or paper on hand. It’s also capable of recording and transcribing voice memos, as well as capturing and saving photos. Furthermore, every single item that you add to Keep is pinned to a browser-based dashboard.

On your Android device, you can make use of a widget that lets them rapidly take and review notes right on their homescreens. For those of you with Android 4.2, a similar widget exists for the lock screen as well. The interface is reportedly clean and simple, featuring a mosaic layout that includes color-customized entries and a drag-and-drop function for rearranging your materials.

Keep’s most obvious competitor is Evernote, a well-established veteran service that offers users the ability to remember everything. Evernote offers both a free and a premium version while Keep can be installed on Android free of charge, and will soon be available directly on Google Drive as well.

You can download Google Keep from the Play Store.

With Google’s recent track record and the new service’s lack of monetization, do you see Keep sticking around for very long? Or do you believe that Keep is a strong challenger to Evernote?

Source: Official Google Blog via TechCrunch

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Comments (30)
  • doviejo

    Since so many have used this comments section to complain about Google’s offering and then taking away all sorts of gadgets, I want to nominate their upcoming destruction of iGoogle, one of the best start pages around, as worthy of the maximum number of thumbs down votes.

    How could they do this to so many happy users? Simple: they can.

    After a great deal of searching, the best and closest alternative I have found is igHome. I did not wait for Google’s “execution” this November but just switched as soon as I found igHome and never looked back.

    I do not trust Google and will no longer be subject to their customer-indifference when they suck us into all kinds of nice products and then pull the rug out from under.

    As the old saying goes, fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

  • abin mn

    will this be available for windows 7?

  • General Zod

    No thanks. What’s in it for Google? This will either be their latest fad and get cancelled, or they’ll hijack all your vital stored data to sell to advertisers, like Facebook. There’s no upside for Google to continue supporting an app like this for free forever…

  • Michael Heffner

    I question Google’s need to horde and keep all our inf from email to browser history, and now items we want to remember. Call me paranoid but I don’t need my daily life analyzed.

  • Eartha

    To be honest… evernote is not as good a Springpad…

    And I dont think Google Keep is to set up a competition with Evernote… is totally different thing. Google Keep is basically just a minimalist stick note.

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