Google Keep launched officially after a brief appearance online just two days ago. Google has posted a blog post announcing the launch and availability of the app along with video demo on how it works. Google Keep will compete with the popular note taking app Evernote and similar apps.
Google Keep is available as part of the Google Drive, and it can be accessed from the Drive. Currently you can’t create notes directly from Drive, but this feature is coming to Keep in the following weeks. Since Keep is in the drive, the notes you create will be synced instantly across all devices, you will be able to access the notes you create using desktop, smartphones and tablets.
Using Google Keep you can create text notes, add pictures, add voice memos which are automatically transcribed for you. Notes are arranged as a tiled interface or as a list view. You can rearrange the note tiles depending on your priorities. Once you are don’t with the notes you can delete or archive them.
Google Keep is currently available for Web and Android, there is no mention of iOS, BlackBerry and Windows Phone, but we are expecting that this might change in the next few weeks. At least the iOS version of Keep will come first.
Google Keep for Android is available for Android 4.0 ICS and up. There is a widget for Android 4.2 Jelly Bean users that can be added to the lock screen to have easy access to the keep.
There is no shortage of Note taking apps on Google Play store, but what Keep brings to the table is simplicity and Google service and integration with Google Drive. In the wake of Google Reader shutting down some users are skeptical whether to trust Keep or not, though for the moment we will use and see how it goes.
Via Google Blog