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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

  1. doviejo
    April 7, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    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.

  2. abin mn
    April 6, 2013 at 2:22 am

    will this be available for windows 7?

  3. General Zod
    April 3, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    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...

  4. Michael Heffner
    March 29, 2013 at 1:43 am

    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.

  5. Eartha
    March 28, 2013 at 7:21 am

    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.

  6. Adam
    March 27, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    I'd prefer to keep my interests away from the prying eyes of advertisers. So I shall keep my info stored locally on my desktop and if I need that info any time I can remote connect to it.

  7. Abhijith R
    March 27, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    I think it will be a great competitor, as for it Google must provide more options, features and functionalities.And Google has an endless fans there is much possibilities for Google Keep.

  8. Steven
    March 24, 2013 at 4:18 am

    I just can't bring myself to try anything new from Google anymore. They keep making these awesome products and then taking them from us after we start to rely on them. That's just mean. If they have pets I bet they do the same thing, make some great food for them for a while to get them to expect it only to switch them back to dry food without warning then sit back and laugh at the reaction. Yeah, sorry Google, when are you going to cancel Android? Not a good way to be a reliable company. I'm switching back to Firefox too.

  9. writingc
    March 22, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Just downloaded GKeep. Looking good.

  10. Saurabh Kumar1
    March 22, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I believe (currently) that evernote is the best... :-)

  11. Diane Elhard
    March 22, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    If this is an Evernote replacement, it fails miserably. Now, to take quick notes, to jot down thoughts, to make a quick list,'s ok for that. But to stack up against way.

    I'll use it, for notes, for lists, to keep something quick. Otherwise, Evernote remains my "Notebook".

    Lots of bitterness about Google Reader still. I've made the switch to another Reader, but just don't understand why Google doesn't integrate Reader into Google+ and for that matter Keep as well.

    Hope they're reading these comments all around the web about their GReader fail.

  12. Rick
    March 22, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Evernote is the best! This new service by Google have a lot of catch up to do. I know they are huge and creativity skills is not short on their part but still, their attack on Evernote is a little too late for competition.

  13. David Mc
    March 22, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Now, what was the name of that product I used to use before Evernote? I remember having to feverishly export everything and try and find a replacement (sounds familiar).

    Yeah, "Notebook". That was it. Any know who made that? Boogle, or Goggle or something like that.

    Fool me twice, mate, won't get fooled again.

  14. Jonthue Michel
    March 22, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    The only reason why I use evernote its because its multi-platform note app that I can use on and off-line on my Ubuntu, Android and windows. Its not worth my times if it dose not service to Windows and Android but not Ubuntu. (even though I do dual boot)

  15. macwitty
    March 22, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I do also belong to the one who are a bit reserved - Reader is still in my mind. I think I stay with Evernote and MacJournal for my need at the moment.

  16. Bilal Ahmed
    March 22, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I dont now when google find loyal following on this and shut down like they did with reader. I am using evernote with full satisfaction and if any shifting is needed, i will chose Onenote. Google! you go to hell!!!!!!

  17. Scott M
    March 22, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I'm wary of switching to Google as well.I would like to know more about how they see themselves as a company and the services they deem important and are likely to keep and improve.

  18. Lim3Fru1t
    March 22, 2013 at 9:11 am

    I am not gonna use google keep since it need quite a lot of features that evernote already have. And i think it is way to simple/quickly put together for my likeing

  19. Nevzat A
    March 22, 2013 at 6:58 am

    It badly needs tagging and folder support. What a simple app is this :(

  20. 1hegame
    March 22, 2013 at 6:18 am

    Google Keep: "This app is incompatible with your device" WTH.

    & @three_above hold on. My prediction is, Google Calendar, Picasa, Bookmarks are also going. I relied on G. Bookmarks but I'm pretty much sure Bookmarks will see the door. And now Google also snatched the trust of me which I had on services like Delicious. I now can't trust any of that service which is not so popular or not talked much.

    • TalkingBee
      March 22, 2013 at 9:47 am


      + Google Apps (why email, there is Google Plus)
      + Google TV (did it ever make one dollar plus?)
      + Google Groups (90 spam these days?!)

      I think within the next 3..4..5 years Google will only be a search engine and hosting provider. People will save all their files in their Google Drive.

      Google will promote Google Plus more and more so that the mass will switch to Google Plus and accept it as a full email replacement.

      I often look back at the 80s and 90s... Fidonet... Usenet...

      • 1hegame
        March 22, 2013 at 12:12 pm

        Why Google Groups will go? Yes they may receive spams but that is the place where Google provide help to its users. BTW previous ones were good. These new ones are cluttered.

    • Rick
      March 22, 2013 at 11:58 am

      Picasa is already on the chopping block. I have over 550 albums there. Of course, they will all remain on Google+. Problem is, I think Google+ albums suck in comparison to Picasa.

    • Rick
      March 22, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      Also, whatever happened to that neat little feature in Gmail that allowed you to convert an email to a Google document? That was handy at times, but I recently noticed is now gone. I don't remember it being a lab item either, which they do warn may disappear or break at any time.

  21. Rick
    March 22, 2013 at 6:08 am

    In complete agreement with Doug H. What is next on the chopping block that I depend on? I'm betting on Tasks eventually getting axed, though I hope I'm wrong.

    I've slowly been making progress in transferring the vast majority of my saved (and new) documents, pdfs, saved articles, etc., etc, to Evernote and finding it wonderful. While I'm sure it will evolve and get better, it would be laughable to compare Keep to Evernote at the moment, as it is far too basic. Nothing to compare to Notebooks other than an archive, no tagging, virtually none of the other myriad niceties of Evernote.

  22. ReadandShare
    March 22, 2013 at 6:01 am

    Yeah, Keep until next Spring cleaning.

    • Harshit Jain
      March 22, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      Very funny

  23. Doug H
    March 22, 2013 at 5:16 am

    If you're happy to trust Google with info this vital after the way they shafted Google Reader users, then you're braver than me.

    Evernote has given me no reason to switch from it, and neither has Google.

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