As expected, Google has launched a cloud-based note-taking service called Google Keep. You can sign in with your Google Account using a web browse by visiting drive.google.com/keep, or you can grab the Android app from the Google Play Store.
Keep lets you create a text-based note, start a list, or upload a photo. If you’re using the mobile app you can also record an audio note by hitting the microphone icon — it will record an audio snippet and convert text to speech.
Notes are synchronized with your Google account, so if you take a note in your desktop web browser it will be available on your mobile device, and vice versa. Like most Google apps, everything is auto-saved every few seconds. You never have to hit a save button.
If you’re using the Android app, you can also share links to websites or other content by tapping the Share button in Android. And if you have a lot of notes you can color-code them to help tell them apart and use the search button to find the ones you’re looking for.
Overall, Google Keep seems like a decent service for jotting notes and finding them again later. But it’s kind of simplistic when compared with existing solutions such as Evernote or OneNote… although I guess simplicity could be a selling point.
The bigger question, though, is do you really want to spend the next few years storing notes in Google Keep without a promise that Google will keep the service up and running indefinitely? The company has made a habit of killing off side projects such as Google Reader over the past few years… including an earlier note-taking service called Google Notebook.