Google has unveiled their latest online service – a new note-taking app called Keep.
Under the slogan “save what’s on your mind“, the Google Drive-powered lets users create, store and access notes, lists, images and more from either their Android devices or via the web interface.
Compared to similarly-pitched to-do services like Evernote, Google Keep is way more basic. There are no tags, labels, or folders; you can’t drag n’ drop items into some sort of hierarchy; and if you’re in dire need of time/schedule management you’re also out of luck.
The “text editing” aspect of the note-editor is also lacking support for traditional formatting options.
If Google is the desk then Keep is the pad of sticky notes lingering at the back.
But for a clutter-brain like myself these perceptual negatives are actually positives. Less really is more when all you need to do is jot down a fleeting thought, or compile a last-minute shopping list.
I look at it this way: think of Google as the desk and Keep is the pad of sticky notes lingering at the back. It may not be as a shiny or fancy as the digital ‘jumbo jotters’ we like to think we’d use but it is, like the humble sticky note, the one we’ll find ourselves reaching for more often.
Google Keep Extension
A Google Keep Chrome extension and web app will likely appear shortly, but in the mean time you can use the Android app or head straight to the Keep website itself: