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Google plans Keep note-taking app using Drive storage

updated 05:11 am EDT, Mon March 18, 2013

Google Keep goes live before being pulled

Google may be developing its own Evernote-like note-taking service as part of its Google Drive-based suite of apps. Google Keep apparently went live for a short period on Google Drive itself before being pulled, and seemed to allow users to make color-coded notes, create checklists, and also add pictures to existing notes.

The service has appeared in some screenshots published on Google+ dating as far back as July 2012, according to Android Police, and appeared to go live within Drive for a few hours before engineers noticed the mistake. Functioning similarly to Google Notebook, Keep includes options to archive notes, sending them to the bottom of a note list, along with a thumbnail view and list view, though the latter did not display stored images correctly.

It also appears that Google will be releasing a full app for the service, a departure from the usual all-in-one app Google currently uses for Drive. A shortened URL from Google links to a non-existent product on Google Play, which could mean the company believes that a dedicated note-taking app is the best way forward.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    This is a great idea! Do something somebody else is already doing, make it free, drive them out of business, and then pull the plug on it unexpectedly after two years, when millions of people have built a lot of their personal workflows around it, because it doesn't actually generate advertising revenues!

    Go Google!

    (Do they really expect anyone to trust any of their services to last?)

  1. shifuimam

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    Joined: 08-15-06

    I miss Google Notebook.

    It's entirely possible this will succeed simply because it allows people to use their existing Google account and Google universe, rather than using yet another site, another logon, and another application.

    I use SimpleNote now. It's more or less what Google Notebook was before that service was shut down.

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