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March 28, 2013

Google intent on developing Keep

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Despite several sites posting that Google will not retain Google Keep, as it’s just a development tool to be used in future applications. It now seems that Google will develop Keep as they have received good feedback from users.

I’ve been playing around with this little tool and over the last week or so found it to be better than I could have hoped for. So what do you get?, what can you use it for?
Quickly capture what’s on your mind and recall it easily wherever you are. Create a checklist, enter a voice note or snap a photo and annotate it. Everything you add is instantly available on all your devices – desktop and mobile.
Pro tip: for adding thoughts quickly without unlocking your device there’s a lock screen widget (on devices running Android 4.2+).

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With Google Keep you can:

• Keep track of your thoughts via notes, lists and photos

• Have voice notes transcribed automatically

• Use homescreen widgets to capture thoughts quickly

• Color-code your notes to help find them later

• Swipe to archive things you no longer need

• Turn a note into a checklist by adding checkboxes

• Use your notes from anywhere – they are safely stored in the cloud and available on the web at http://drive.google.com/keep

Conclusion:
This is what I was waiting for. I never warmed up to evernote, I needed something simpler. I used Catch Note before this. This note app is simplicity itself. Open it, write your note (title, sequenced notes etc)…and that’s it! Done! When opened all your notes are right in front of you like pinned notes on a board. You can use different colors for each set of notes so that they stick out. Really good job! Well done google.

Press Release

Google Keep–Save what’s on your mind

via Official Android Blog

Posted by Katherine Kuan, Software Engineer

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…it’s rarely where you need it when you need it.

To solve this problem we’ve created Google Keep. With Keep you can quickly jot ideas down when you think of them and even include checklists and photos to keep track of what’s important to you. Your notes are safely stored in Google Drive and synced to all your devices so you can always have them at hand.

If it’s more convenient to speak than to type that’s fine—Keep transcribes voice memos for you automatically. There’s super-fast search to find what you’re looking for and when you’re finished with a note you can archive or delete it.

Changing priorities isn’t a problem: just open Keep on your Android phone or tablet (there’s a widget so you can have Keep front and center all the time) and drag your notes around to reflect what matters. You can choose the color for each note too.

Pro tip: for adding thoughts quickly without unlocking your device there’s a lock screen widget (on devices running Android 4.2+).

Google Keep is available on Google Play for devices running Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich and above. You can access, edit and create new notes on the web at http://drive.google.com/keep and in the coming weeks you’ll be able to do the same directly from Google Drive.

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini