Is Google playing the resurrection card with Google Keep?

It’s that time of year when it’s out with the old and in with the new. Or in Google’s case, out with the old and in with the slightly newer! Google has decided to bring back Google Notebook, give it a rebrand and call it Google Keep.

The Google+ page 1E100 did a bit of sleuthing, rummaging through Google Drive’s source code, ultimately discovering the unreleased app. The image above shows the icon for the app, and it seems to be a good match to the rest of the Google Drive app icons.

As far back as July 2012, signs of the app started to show up in other Google feature previews. The link “Add to Google Keep” was left in a screenshot showing off Instant Preview, suggesting that snippets of webpages can be saved into Google Keep.

The final piece of information to note is that Keep will probably get it’s own app, which comparing it to other Drive apps, is a bit of an oddity. But again, 1E100 found that the link http://g.co/keep redirects to https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.keep.

Source: 1E100
Via: Android Police | Images courtesy of Android Police and Google

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Mikeffer said,
It will get to the point though when users are hesitant to start using Google products through fear of them closing the apps down as and when they feel like it.

Pretty much. I've tried to make myself as non-google dependent as possible. The only service that I'm really forced to use is my Google Account for YouTube and Android. For anything else I wouldn't want to be using them and then have them yank the cord so abruptly.

Mikeffer said,
It will get to the point though when users are hesitant to start using Google products through fear of them closing the apps down as and when they feel like it.

Oh yea because you couldn't migrate from Google Notebook to google docs OR DOWNLOAD all your info before Google Notebook closed.

Wow, Google has a record of closing down many useful products such as Google Wave right?

ingramator said,

Pretty much. I've tried to make myself as non-google dependent as possible. The only service that I'm really forced to use is my Google Account for YouTube and Android. For anything else I wouldn't want to be using them and then have them yank the cord so abruptly.

Do you recommend me to switch over to the half functional Outlook.com because rumors have come up that google will close Gmail tomorrow, with no option for me to download my email. Google, what an evil company!

Gosh guys, another fact: Google employees read our personal docs to scan for keywords so they can display ads in Google Drive now. Time to switch to Skydrive.

Glitch found in Google Chrome? Oh has to be the worst browser, Google now also has a way to read all of our search history and know websites we visit! Time to switch to the Lag free Internet Explorer.

end /s

Youtube.... time to switch to... oh wait. You want Google for this one don't you.

Edited by onionjuice, Mar 18 2013, 12:05pm :

onionjuice said,

Oh yea because you couldn't migrate from Google Notebook to google docs OR DOWNLOAD all your info before Google Notebook closed.

Wow, Google has a record of closing down many useful products such as Google Wave right?

What a well written and considered reply. /s

I'm a Google user but i can see how flippantly they're dealing with services they provide, closing them down at a moments notice. Their culls are becoming the stuff legends.

It's not about whether or not i can save my data before a service is removed, it's abut why i should bother when i can get the same functionality elsewhere with less risk of it being culled mid-use.

In fact, reading your second reply, you need to relax and not take the world so seriously. Settle down and have a little respect before replying in future. You're acting like a spoilt little brat whose toys have come out of the pram after a few people dared bring up the fact that Google might not be the most reliable company with product life-spans right now.
I hate to break this to you but YOU ARE NOT GOOGLE, don;t take it all so personally.

Mikeffer said,
It will get to the point though when users are hesitant to start using Google products through fear of them closing the apps down as and when they feel like it.

Nothing different than what many other companies have done. Google had their hands into to many things. Its good for them to scale back and rethink things. Some things will get ditched, some will live on. And those things that are no longer, makes way for other programs to take their place...like Feedly.

Mikeffer said,

What a well written and considered reply. /s

I'm a Google user but i can see how flippantly they're dealing with services they provide, closing them down at a moments notice. Their culls are becoming the stuff legends.

It's not about whether or not i can save my data before a service is removed, it's abut why i should bother when i can get the same functionality elsewhere with less risk of it being culled mid-use.

In fact, reading your second reply, you need to relax and not take the world so seriously. Settle down and have a little respect before replying in future.

What a well written and considered reply. /s

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...inued_products_and_services
Which one of those did you use before they closed it down?
And FYI many of the closed services were merged with later google services, such as Google Docs, Google Checkout, Google Labs, etc.

And no other company in this world has ever closed down products right? Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo. You don't think they are in the same boat?

You sound like a Google typical hater. Calm down and re-think and pause before you post garbage like this.

Edited by onionjuice, Mar 18 2013, 12:37pm :

onionjuice said,

What a well written and considered reply. /s

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...inued_products_and_services
Which one of those did you use before they closed it down?
And FYI many of the closed services were merged with later google services, such as Google Docs, Google Checkout, Google Labs, etc.

And no other company in this world has ever closed down products right? Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo. You don't think they are in the same boat?

You sound like a Google typical hater. Calm down and re-think and pause before you post garbage like this.

wow calm down bro. if you're not getting paid from google then all this defending is a little bit weird on your behalf.
the person only said he's a bit skeptical on using google products, whats wrong with that?

ctrl_alt_delete said,

wow calm down bro. if you're not getting paid from google then all this defending is a little bit weird on your behalf.
the person only said he's a bit skeptical on using google products, whats wrong with that?

Nothing you don't have to use them if you don't want to.... But calling Google unreliable because they close them down is not true at all.

I don't like Google but even I thought iGoogle and Google reader were awesome.
Why would I start using Keep when there's the possibility that it's just going to just be axed in a few years (or less)?

onionjuice said,

Nothing you don't have to use them if you don't want to.... But calling Google unreliable because they close them down is not true at all.


Ye lets take an example from Microsoft. Letting Halo servers run until the last user logged off.

That aside, MS also discontinues services, but very rarely abruptly and usually when the userbase has died down.

Google stops services they provide, and when I look around me. Quite a few people used it. Look around here and you see there's still quite a few people using it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...ontinued_Microsoft_software
The list is smaller, Especially when you take out the IE versions and a few games that MS only Published (did not produce). Besides that Microsoft has been around for 3 decades, and Google only 1.

Must say, comparing these 2 lists. Google's track record on discontinueing services is absolutely horrible.

But please, try again. Defend your almighty Google.

Shadowzz said,

Ye lets take an example from Microsoft. Letting Halo servers run until the last user logged off.

That aside, MS also discontinues services, but very rarely abruptly and usually when the userbase has died down.

Google stops services they provide, and when I look around me. Quite a few people used it. Look around here and you see there's still quite a few people using it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...ontinued_Microsoft_software
The list is smaller, Especially when you take out the IE versions and a few games that MS only Published (did not produce). Besides that Microsoft has been around for 3 decades, and Google only 1.

Must say, comparing these 2 lists. Google's track record on discontinueing services is absolutely horrible.

But please, try again. Defend your almighty Google.

There are a lot of features in products that Microsoft has removed/discontinued. Many features in Sharepoint, Windows, Office....so the whole programs may have not been axed by MS, but a lot of features have been. Like the start menu millions of people liked that was removed in Windows 8...and media player. Yea, you an use alternative to get these features back, but then again...you an use alternatives for the services Google is axing as well.

Lost of companies do the same thing yet Google is the main attraction ATM so its getting all the flack. I dont understand why people complain about Google Reader when there are several alternatives available which are as good or better than Google Reader.

And Google's track record isnt good if you base that off of just their discontinued list. Lots of those were not even promoted or actually used.

techbeck said,

There are a lot of features in products that Microsoft has removed/discontinued. Many features in Sharepoint, Windows, Office....so the whole programs may have not been axed by MS, but a lot of features have been. Like the start menu millions of people liked that was removed in Windows 8...and media player. Yea, you an use alternative to get these features back, but then again...you an use alternatives for the services Google is axing as well.

Lost of companies do the same thing yet Google is the main attraction ATM so its getting all the flack. I dont understand why people complain about Google Reader when there are several alternatives available which are as good or better than Google Reader.

And Google's track record isnt good if you base that off of just their discontinued list. Lots of those were not even promoted or actually used.


Changing/removing features isn't the same as discontinueing services.
And of that Google list, I found more things that are completely discontinued that people around me used it. Then I found products on the list from Microsoft. Doesn't have to be promoted for it not to be used.

I'm not using it against using some Google services (they aint going to cancel GMAIL, GMAPS/EARTH etc. Its minor services.

No issue when stuff gets discontinued if few people use it and it isn't worth for the company.
But Google is the youngest of the 3 major tech companies (MS/Apple/Google) and yet, has the biggest list. Almost the same increment of discontinued services as the years Apple/MS have been around longer.

Microsoft will survive if it loses its foothold on the internet, it will however start killing them over time though. Google needs the internet, it needs these small services. It needs to show they care for their users. Without a strong foothold on the internet, Google won't survive.
Yet they are discontinuing services that have a (be it small) strong following.

Google became big by serving the techies... Which in turn spread Google to the non-techies.
In recent years. Google is only catering the masses and forgets their small but strong techies userbase. This is why Google gets the focus on these situations.

I don't like Google as a company at the moment. I loved them in the past. And hopefully they will start showing that they are still loveable in the future. But as it goes now. They are only making it harder for themselves.

Same as why MS gets all the dirt when it comes to software related issues, while Google/Apple have similar. yet MS will get burned for it a dozen times more then Google/Apple.

Shadowzz said,

Changing/removing features isn't the same as discontinueing services.

Has the same impact on the users tho. Users scrambling to find a solution for what was removed. That was my point.

Losts wine and MS for removing the start menu....and the supporters of MS either say it wasnt used, or to DL a replacement if you want to get it back. Same goes for the Google services/products that were discontinued.

That was my point. Not as big of a deal that what people are making it out to be.

Shadowzz said,

Ye lets take an example from Microsoft. Letting Halo servers run until the last user logged off.

That aside, MS also discontinues services, but very rarely abruptly and usually when the userbase has died down.

Google stops services they provide, and when I look around me. Quite a few people used it. Look around here and you see there's still quite a few people using it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...ontinued_Microsoft_software
The list is smaller, Especially when you take out the IE versions and a few games that MS only Published (did not produce). Besides that Microsoft has been around for 3 decades, and Google only 1.

Must say, comparing these 2 lists. Google's track record on discontinueing services is absolutely horrible.

But please, try again. Defend your almighty Google.

Microsoft "Play for Sure" media DRM scheme that shut down comes to mind, and if you need to re-unlock your media under "Play for Sure".... your out of luck.

Shadowzz said,

Ye lets take an example from Microsoft. Letting Halo servers run until the last user logged off.

That aside, MS also discontinues services, but very rarely abruptly and usually when the userbase has died down.

Google stops services they provide, and when I look around me. Quite a few people used it. Look around here and you see there's still quite a few people using it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...ontinued_Microsoft_software
The list is smaller, Especially when you take out the IE versions and a few games that MS only Published (did not produce). Besides that Microsoft has been around for 3 decades, and Google only 1.

Must say, comparing these 2 lists. Google's track record on discontinueing services is absolutely horrible.

But please, try again. Defend your almighty Google.

Oh no the list is 2 items shorter. You clearly proved that Microsoft is no different from Google in discontinuing their products.

And comparing a simple game server vs services that take much more money and maintenance to provide is just nonsense.

By the way what ever happened to live mesh? I was using it until they said nope. Don't even say "Skydrive is better" because it's not and it doesn't offer what I wanted (to sync my pc's together). Oh and Live mesh is not even listed under the page you linked.

And that list also doesn't include the many failed hardware ventures by Microsoft. Who remembers the Microsoft Kin? Zune? <-- biggest fail to compete with Apple yet.

siah1214 said,
I guess Google decided they needed a onenote competitor.

That's like saying Google Docs is made to compete with MS Office. It's not. They both serve two different purposes and one cannot replace the other.

onionjuice said,

That's like saying Google Docs is made to compete with MS Office. It's not. They both serve two different purposes and one cannot replace the other.


You're talking out of you're arse there mate.

Google Docs only reason for existence is because of Google wanting to challenge MS Office.

They even pushed themselves into the cooperate market.....

Still makes me laugh though when a company uses Google Docs as their Office suit

Shadowzz said,

You're talking out of you're arse there mate.

Google Docs only reason for existence is because of Google wanting to challenge MS Office.

They even pushed themselves into the cooperate market.....

Still makes me laugh though when a company uses Google Docs as their Office suit

How can a cloud based system like Google Docs challenge Microsoft Office? Its no contest really.

Shadowzz said,

Still makes me laugh though when a company uses Google Docs as their Office suit

Not all companies can afford the price that MS charges for Office. So Google Docs is a good fit. Small companies, businesses starting out....they all need options.

techbeck said,

How can a cloud based system like Google Docs challenge Microsoft Office? Its no contest really.


Uhm, it has offline mode?
What cooperation doesn't have a 24/7 internet connection?

And they are not focusing on massive cooperation's no, but they are trying to get the small business to them. And price-wise.. yeah its a good alternative. Feature wise, yeah nothing to complain from me. But the idea of having another company having full undisclosed access to your business files is just silly. I wouldn't suggest companies using Skydrive/dropbox neither, but companies do use them.

Forgot how Microsoft pushed Wordperfect/Lotus etc out of the market? Same tactic. Get the small companies first, then its users. And let it spread.

i did a test a couple weeks back while i was returning my 5 faulty nexus 10's

if you have an email and name of the account (even if you represent yourself as someone else other then the account holder)google customer service wont ask any questions and will give you information and peer into that account for you, i found out google wallet details, order details and email details just with my first name and someone elses email.

theres no security at all which is another reason i dont go google again. which is a shame cause i like google services and a onenote alternative was something i really wanted and now im not with google they bring it in, sigh!!

Same with any company. If you know someone's zipcode and date of birth.... you can get so much done.
If you where Dutch and I had your bank account number (just the number, nothing else) I can sign off entire contracts on your bank account

I regulary call for people or companies to solve their issues. It still haunts me every time that with a first name, maybe last and a date of birth... I can do everything.
It's so easy to break a companies internet access I sign up for a new internet contract on their address and boom. 3-4 weeks later, no more internet for them. And can take upto a month to change it back _O-.

I thought that it was always still one of those "google labs" test pilot schemes, one that they decided not to roll out officially? I used it, and was disappointed when it went, but (despite all the claims that they dropped it with little warning) they gave mooooonths notice before they actually pulled it.

Worked out in the end, I moved on to Evernote, which has way more functionality, and works nicely across all my devices.

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