Google Announces ‘Keep’ Note-Syncing Service
(NEW YORK) — Evernote, OneNote and other to-do lists apps have new competition, in the form of Google’s new service, Google Keep. The app, announced by Google Wednesday afternoon, allows you to sync your notes and to-do lists across your computer, phone and tablet using your Google account.
“With Keep you can quickly jot ideas down when you think of them and even include checklists and photos to keep track of what’s important to you,” Google’s Katharine Kuan detailed on Google’s blog Wednesday. Google then uses its Google Drive service and servers to sync your content so you can get those important thoughts or notes anywhere.
The app works very similarly to the other note apps, like Evernote and OneNote. Once a user downloads the app, which is available only for Android 4.0 phones right now, they can take notes and then access them via the app on the web, which is located in their Google Drive or at https://drive.google.com/keep. Users can also upload voice notes, which can be transcribed, and even photos. Notes can be color coded or turned into checklists by adding check boxes.
Google Keep joins a host of other note syncing applications, the most popular being Evernote. As of June 2012, Evernote had 34 million users. While Evernote is a general note-syncing app, other apps like Wunderlist and Remember the Milk offer cross-device to-do list services.
Google’s service is in the early stages — it is only available for the web and select Android phones; there are no iPhone or other platform apps yet.
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