Katherine Kuan, Software Engineer at Google, officially announced Google Keep back in March as a digital replacement for sticky-notes and paper reminders. The purpose of Keep is to quickly create, retrieve and organize notes so you can easily capture your ideas whenever you feel inspired. And since your notes are stored in the Cloud they’re accessible from your laptop, tablet and smartphone. All devices sync so all your notes are identical on every device and if tablet and mobile keyboards perturb you, you can even speak to Keep and it’ll automatically transcribe your words.
New Keep Features
Today the Keep team announced an update that will fill to-do-list aficionados with unmitigated glee.
The two most salient features from the update are:
Erin Rosenthal, Product Manager for Android explains the Reminder feature like this:
Keep works with Google Now to remind you of your grocery list when you walk into your favorite grocery store, and nudges you on Thursday night to take out the trash.
The idea is that Keep reminds you to do things you specify at the right time and place.
The update also makes it easier to add saved photos to Keep. Now when you tap the little camera icon you can choose whether to take a new photo or browse for an existing photo from your gallery.
Keep on Android
Here’s what Keep looks like on my Galaxy S4.
It’s so easy to create notes that you might find yourself creating random stuff to do during the day just for fun. The voice notes features is particularly useful when you can’t type for whatever reason; it does a remarkably good job transforming your voice memos into text.
I also love how I can login to Keep from any web browser to manage all my notes.
Features I wish Keep had
But despite the useful additions, Keep isn’t perfect, there are two things I really wish it had:
- Sharable Notes
- Note Tagging
Why isn’t there a way to make Sharable notes in Keep that can be edited by Sharers?
For example, Parents should have the ability to share notes with kids. Or a wife should have the right to share her grocery list with her Husband as he’s on the way to the grocery store. Or Friend’s should have a way to share shopping lists with each other… you get the idea.
Also, some people are loathe to switch from popular note taking Apps like Evernote because you can’t categorize or tag notes in Keep.
There’s a lot Google still needs to work on to make Keep better. But ultimately, the new Keep improvements are a win because the App is still fast, efficient and portable. It’s currently available for Droid and Chrome users; and an iOS release is being discussed; however, part of me wonders if an iOS launch would fail because it would compete with Apple’s integrated Notes/Reminders App but I’m sure there are a lot of users out there who would prefer Keep over Apple Reminders.
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