How to: use Google Keep
GOOGLE is taking on Evernote with Google Keep, a new note-taking and syncing service. It has been down this path before, with the now defunct Google Notebook, but this is new.
What is it?
It’s an Android-only app (no iOS version at this stage) that lets you make notes, record an audio message, keep a checklist or take a picture and sync it to the web. The idea, like with all cloud services, is that you have access to your data across devices.
Howdoes it work?
You have a choice of four icons that you tap on, depending on whether you are making a note, a checklist, an audio message or a photo. You can search through Keep for a keyword. Depending on which version of Android you are using, your audio note may just be converted through text-to-speech to a text file, or kept as a text file and an audio file. The notes appear on the screen similar to the way you might pin messages on a corkboard, and you can move them around to keep the urgent ones in the most prominent place. If you are running Android 4.2 or higher, you have a lock-screen widget that lets you add a note without unlocking your device.
Howdo you access your notes?
You can edit your notes at drive.google.com/ keep. Google says in a few weeks you will be able to access them from Google Drive.
What is it missing?
Evernote lets you store your notes in notebooks — a handy way of keeping items on the same project together. With Google Keep, at least at this stage, it’s all in one working area or archived.
Whowill want to use it?
It will be of particular interest to those who are keen users of Google’s cloud services. If you keep your documents and photos on Google Drive, you may well want to keep your notes there.