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Google launches its Evernote rival, Google Keep

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March 20, 2013

Today Google pulled back the curtain on its Google Drive note-taking service, Keep

Today Google pulled back the curtain on its Google Drive note-taking service, Keep

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Google may be axing Reader, but that isn’t stopping the search giant from opening new doors on the web and in the cloud. As an expansion of its Dropbox rival, Google Drive, the search giant has launched an Evernote rival: Google Keep.

Google Drive's Evernote

Google Keep on the web

Like Evernote, Google Keep centers around quick note-taking – and the various bells and whistles that go along with that: including checklists, photo and voice notes, and annotations. The ability to color-code notes is a handy bonus, and adds to the app's aesthetic appeal.

In terms of raw function, there isn’t a lot to differentiate Keep from Evernote, but one big draw here is Google Drive integration. If you already use Drive for file syncing and word processing, your Keep notes will live in the same cloud, alongside your other content.

In addition to the web portal for Keep, Google has already pushed out an Android app. Keep for Android lets you drop a widget on your homescreen for ultra-quick note-taking. There’s even a lockscreen widget, to help you jot down your thoughts with the bare minimum of effort.

Check it out

That's Keep's Android layout on the left, and the handy lock screen widget on the right

Keep is available now on the web and in the Play Store (provided you're running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher). Google says that, within the coming weeks, the note-taking service will also be accessible straight from Google Drive.

You can preview the new service in the video below, and hit up the source link to get started with Keep.

Source: Google via Android Central

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Will Shanklin Will Shanklin is Gizmag's Mobile Tech Editor, and has been part of the team since 2012. Will has a Master's degree from U.C. Irvine and a Bachelor's from West Virginia University. He currently lives in New Mexico with his wife, Jessica.
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2 Comments

I would much rather have had Google Notebook back.

This doesn't seem like it will scale up all that well. And who knows if, like Notebook, it will disappear at some point in the future?

Jon A.
21st March, 2013 @ 01:23 pm PDT

Weird that this isn't integrated with tasks and the calender in general - seems like a major oversight.

Charles Bosse
21st March, 2013 @ 01:36 pm PDT
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