Google announces ‘Keep', its Evernote competitor

Google has announced ‘Keep’, its cloud storing note application that allows you to quickly capture whatever is on your mind and then share it across all over your devices. The notes you take are stored using Google Drive and are synced in real time to all of your devices so that you always have them with you.

The service will also allow you to voice translate memos for the times where it is easier to speak than to type. Seeing that Google Now has gotten quite good at speech recognition, the voice translation service could be a compelling feature if it can accurately scribe the notes.

Google has listed the following features of the service:

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

Google has also created a widget that allows you to update Keep without unlocking your device. This handy widget will make it quite easy to keep your notes current as you move about. 

The app is available now in the Google Play store for devices running Android 4.0 and above

Source: Google

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I love this! On my Windows Phone, it was a hassel to just create a simple note. Now that I am moving to a Nexus 4, this app will be a pleasure to use. Good job, Google!

May 2013: Glorious release of Google Keep
May 2014: Google announces Spring cleaning, Keep discontinued........

So.... big Meh....

There's Evernote and OneNote as big names to compete with. I already use both why add another one with half the features..... And no WP and iOS support. Really Google... really???

I would use this (I actually prefer a nice, simple, "write your notes here" kind of approach), but no Windows Phone support is a bummer :\

Sigh. When will people realize that the world DOES NOT need yet another note-taking/todo-list app?

Google created Buzz to try and take over Twitter's space, it failed. They created Google Plus to compete with Facebook and it is another failure. Now they will go against another consolidated player (Evernote)... I smell failure again. And to top it off, they killed Google Reader, the one product where they were the consolidated kings with other players trying to take their space.

Source for Google+ a failure please. The last time I checked their numbers climbed.

I smell failure in your post since you didn't even consider this is an ecosystem thing.

Lately I have started to hate google more than Microsoft!
I use most of the google products like
1. Google Nexus 4 phone - Would love to put Ubuntu OS once released
2. Google Chrome browser - Sometime I do use IE10 but thats it.
3. GMail - I have Outlook account but due to Android I still comeback to GMail
4. Picassa - Have used Microsoft Image and may switch to it
5. Google Drive - Still have data on that but I prefer Dropbox more
6. Google search - I have tried many times to use Bing, Duckduckgo but have returned to google again.
7. Google Reader - I use it a lot but with Nexus 4 I have started using Google Currents more
8. Google Keep - Will give it a try but at the moment I prefer ColorNote
9. Google+ - I use FB more but lately my FB visits have also reduced, once in a while I post something on Google+ because its available on my Mobile.
10. Google docs - I use them a lot more than MS Skydrive docs because MS solution is way behind google docs at the moment.

Edited by TusharG, Mar 20 2013, 11:32pm :

I understand everything but point 10..."MS solution is way behind google docs at the moment." Was this supposed to be sarcastic...

and what is Microsoft Image?

Zedox said,
I understand everything but point 10..."MS solution is way behind google docs at the moment." Was this supposed to be sarcastic...

and what is Microsoft Image?


I LOL'd at that too. He obviously hasn't used Office Web Apps 2013.

I am using Office 365 and it is awesome however their so called cloud solution (browser based) is sh**. Nowhere near google docs or zoho docs. Note I am not talking about on demand office that works on Windows and Mac only. I am also a Linux user and I use Linux a lot and work on docs in browser.
Here is simple task that I will ask you to perform using MS Office in browser (Skydrive?). Open a word doc, add titlte, add multiple header and some content and now create the TOC (Table of contents). Do the same in google docs and Zoho. You will create them in minute under google and zoho docs, what is your finding on MS solution post it here back.....

Microsoft Image my bad... I wanted to say Microsoft Photo gallary
I am also a Linux user and Microsoft On demand office of streaming entire office only works on Windows and Mac. I

This keep thing is another failure just like chrome book. Evernote is multiplatform. One note has enterprise and office support. Google cannot even write app for all platforms. Not everybody use android. People may have different devices. They want a cloud note app to support all platforms like evernote.

xendrome said,
1: It was just released a few hours ago. So it can't be deemed a failure.

2: You do realize it's web-based? http://drive.google.com/keep

I have no more words...

Google-web-based means it will work (to some extent) until Google suddenly decides to block some user agents.

brent3000 said,
is Evernote and Onenote the same application type? Just one is MS and one is another type?

Pretty much are the same. One note has the advantage of ms office integration whereas evernote is more widely supported pretty much every devices.

I have to pay to use it on my Android if I want more than 500 notes. This isn't about competing directly against Microsoft. This is about have a better ecosystem. iOS always had this. This is long overdue.

The reason I don't like Google's product specifically this one is that they don't support all platforms. They will write this keep thing for android and probably a lighter version on iOS but not for windows phone or blackberry. On the other hand evernote or even ms onenote is available on every platform. This gives users freedom no matter what tablet or phone they are using. Long live evernote or onenote. As a proof look at Google drive support or even deceased Google reader.

Microsoft also go that route with some of their services. for instance, OneNote only allows you to write up to 500 notes on Android, after which you have to pay. On WP/Windows 8, it's unlimited. Also, you can't pick where your notes go when you create them on Android. They always go in "Personal (Web)".
Xbox music is also currently limited to only WP8 and Windows 8.

I'm not saying Microsoft are worse in terms of cross-platform support, but rather that almost every company has this issue.

KRazpopov said,
Microsoft also go that route with some of their services. for instance, OneNote only allows you to write up to 500 notes on Android, after which you have to pay. On WP/Windows 8, it's unlimited. Also, you can't pick where your notes go when you create them on Android. They always go in "Personal (Web)".
Xbox music is also currently limited to only WP8 and Windows 8.

I'm not saying Microsoft are worse in terms of cross-platform support , but rather that almost every company has this issue.


I agree with you that all companies should feel responsible toward other platforms support and respect people's choices . But Google is the worst one. Look at windows phone store. There isn't a single Google application. On the other hand personally I use sky drive, outlook and even one note on my android tablet. Haven't had any issue with them so far.

S3P€hR said,

I agree with you that all companies should feel responsible toward other platforms support and respect people's choices . But Google is the worst one. Look at windows phone store. There isn't a single Google application. On the other hand personally I use sky drive, outlook and even one note on my android tablet. Haven't had any issue with them so far.

Look at Linux. It's been around for ages. You don't see Microsoft developing an Office application for it. That would be stupid since not to many people use that OS. Why would a company develop and maintain an application for an OS that hasn't broken double digit market share?

I think you're being a little biased or a little hurt because you chose to go with a platform that is not yet popular and expect a huge company like Google to give you everything.

Perhaps if these were paid products, Google would consider it. Companies like Evernote don't have a lot of products on their plate. They can easily cater to every platform.

This is the price you pay for free software.

DarkNet said,

Look at Linux. It's been around for ages. You don't see Microsoft developing an Office application for it. That would be stupid since not to many people use that OS. Why would a company develop and maintain an application for an OS that hasn't broken double digit market share?

I think you're being a little biased or a little hurt because you chose to go with a platform that is not yet popular and expect a huge company like Google to give you everything.

Perhaps if these were paid products, Google would consider it. Companies like Evernote don't have a lot of products on their plate. They can easily cater to every platform.

This is the price you pay for free software.


Linux is a different story. Linux is free and open source and MS And its products are not following that ideology. I dont say ms hasn't done anything to hurt linux and i am against that. I think by far windows has been superior over linux not because of office but because of os usability and easiness. Linux is extremely fragmented and lacks important features such as hardware support and graphics. Why ms hasnot develoeped anything? since ms is not giving away its products source codes. You may or may not be against that. But putting app in the store doesnt mean you do it for free or releasing your source codes. Apple invented this app model that you are now comparing to linux. Apple for sure is a worse enemy of open source. Additionally i am not saying google does it for free. I am willing to pay for a decent google maps app in windows phone store if they put. But they are not offering it. Look at windows phone vs android market share. What are they afraid of? Less than 5% vs 60%?

Edited by trojan_market, Mar 24 2013, 9:05pm :

S3P€hR said,

Linux is a different story. Linux is free and open source and MS And its products are not following that ideology. I dont say ms hasn't done anything to hurt linux and i am against that. I think by far windows has been superior over linux not because of office but because of os usability and easiness. Linux is extremely fragmented and lacks important features such as hardware support and graphics. Why ms hasnot develoeped anything? since ms is not giving away its products source codes. You may or may not be against that. But putting app in the store doesnt mean you do it for free or releasing your source codes. Apple invented this app model that you are now comparing to linux. Apple for sure is a worse enemy of open source. Additionally i am not saying google does it for free. I am willing to pay for a decent google maps app in windows phone store if they put. But they are not offering it. Look at windows phone vs android market share. What are they afraid of? Less than 5% vs 60%?

You fail to see that Google is a huge company. They don't have to do anything for Windows Phone. They are a business. In the end they data mine. Where is the profit in Windows Phone when there is hardly enough people to make it profitable?

DarkNet said,

You fail to see that Google is a huge company. They don't have to do anything for Windows Phone. They are a business. In the end they data mine. Where is the profit in Windows Phone when there is hardly enough people to make it profitable?


How could they make profit for a free app on ios? Its just promoting their services. Sorry but data mining is an excuse behind the fact that they want to kill infant before it grows which is understandable but they should admit that they are not supporting all platforms because they want to hurt them and their users. Instead, larry page comes out and say "we believe users on any platform should not pay the price of ecosystem wars". Did you forget they blocked google maps on all windows phone users a couple of months ago and then made it almost unusable. Did you remember they blocked exchange protocol infavor of their inferior protocol and then resumed it for another year just to shut the people's mouth for a while. And now they are shutting google reader service. Number one site for many people including me. Donot defend google. I am not defending ms. They did many bad things too, but I like the new touch platform. I like everybody to play fair.
Look, i am not a troll and not against android or anything. Infact i have several android devices and windows devices and an ipad. All i am saying is that me as user should be free to choose any platform or device and all the companies MUST offer their services for all platforms even if i have to pay for it. otherwise i wont use their services

Edited by trojan_market, Mar 25 2013, 11:57pm :

S3P€hR said,

How could they make profit for a free app on ios? Its just promoting their services. Sorry but data mining is an excuse behind the fact that they want to kill infant before it grows which is understandable but they should admit that they are not supporting all platforms because they want to hurt them and their users. Instead, larry page comes out and say "we believe users on any platform should not pay the price of ecosystem wars"
Look, i am not a troll and not against android or anything. Infact i have several android devices and windows devices and an ipad. All i am saying is that me as user should be free to choose any platform or device and all the companies MUST offer their services for all platforms even if i have to pay for it. otherwise i wont use their services

Exactly my point they don't want to charge for their software but they are not going to develop it for a low user base. The users they will not gain or users they will lose is miniscule. This is an acceptable loss. It will not make or break the company. They cannot develop for everyone. They have to cater to the majority. Right now that happens to be iOS and Android.

No way will I use this. After reader, I don't trust Google or a lot of cloud services anymore. I don't want to get burned again.

reLapse said,
Goodbye everno...ever...what?

That won't happen. Google as usual will fail supporting all platforms. But ever note is truly multiplatform. Even ever note for android is awesome. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it. unless Google play some dirty tricks here this keep thing won't even get a chance.

S3P€hR said,

That won't happen. Google as usual will fail supporting all platforms. But ever note is truly multiplatform. Even ever note for android is awesome. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it. unless Google play some dirty tricks here this keep thing won't even get a chance.

What kind of dirty trick? Have they done this before? But Apple has done that. Just look at the what happened to the Kindle App and Nook App.

Oh, and one more thing: they used to have a service for this, called Google Notebook. It was actually pretty cool. I'd much prefer it to this.

I switched to Evernote when Google stopped supporting and eventually killed Google Notebook. I'm not sure I want to started using Google's new product for them to kill it 6 months from now.

its good to see Microsoft releasing a new service, android starting to look more like Microsoft Product with metro style Fk google

Yes I know they are different things, but it's just dumb to kill of a product people liked and then a few days later they announce notes 'keep', I would much rather have them keep reader.

It's there but the web interface gives me an error. The Android app works, however. Kills Evernote and Tasks outright - for the price of Google knowing even more about you.

Nice tiles.

I'll stick with OneNote for Surface, iOS, Windows 8.

I'm glad Google users now have a note taking application though. They deserve it.

Agreed. OneNote seems much more feature-rich and I am already embedded in it. It's nice to see Google emulating the Metro feel, though.

MidTxWRX said,
Nice tiles.

I'll stick with OneNote for Surface, iOS, Windows 8.

I'm glad Google users now have a note taking application though. They deserve it.

To bad on iOS OneNote **STILL** has not been updated for iPhone 5.

Mulsivaas said,
Agreed. OneNote seems much more feature-rich and I am already embedded in it. It's nice to see Google emulating the Metro feel, though.

You mean Swiss Style that was created back in the 1950's? I agree I like it for this app. Google sure is smart on when to use certain designs for their applications.

It's not available for me yet. Maybe it's not on the Australian play store yet.

It sounds interesting but I wouldn't want to rely on it as it could strangely disappear in 12 months like many of Googles other products.

Anyone else not excited about what Google is putting out lately? Somehow I get this feeling of "why bother?" if they're just gonna lose interest later on and sweep the project under the rug...

Maybe I'm just biased against them though, seeing as I'm rather annoyed with the company as of late.

I'm also annoyed about Google Reader. Though I'm guessing that since Keep seems to be built on top of Google Drive, it would be less work for them to maintain it.

I'm annoyed by iGoogle. It's been my homepage for a number of years, I can't find an alternative I like yet

I think that's the thing with Google that I don't like. I put effort into a service only for them to remove it. Since they can't make up their mind on what services they are keeping I can't trust them any more.

Edited by ]SK[, Mar 21 2013, 9:10am :

Today: Google announces another tool you can use to voluntarily submit your own information for advertisement data mining.

One year later: Google ceases support for Google Keep. Copy off all your stuff now, because two weeks from now it's gone.

This could be useful. Right now I just have a Drive doc that holds my random notes and thoughts. It would be nice to have a cleaner way of storing this kind of stuff.