The much fabled Google Keep has today finally appeared in the Google Play Store. It is a note-taking application that facilitates the quick capture of thoughts and ideas via a variety of means – voice recordings, pictures or simply text. With these features, it promises to let you “save what’s on your mind”. The accompanying Google blog post (below) also says that Keep items will be able to be created from within Drive. You can also create to do lists, like the one below.
The web version also appears to have gone live, although when signed in with a Google Apps account (with multiple accounts also signed in with quick switching) I received the following error:
It looks like an interesting proposition, and I can see myself using it over the coming weeks. We’ll update this post with any more cool features that we can find.
You can get the Android app over at the Google Play Store, or visit the web interface here – let us know how you get on. Alternatively, watch the video embedded below or the press release after the break.
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.