“Glass, keep this photo as a note”
Things have been changing dramatically for the Mountain View company since revealing Glass, its most ambitious product ever. The company has been quietly connecting all its products together for offering them with Google Glass and Google Now.
Until now, Google already had pretty much every important product that it was going to need to offer with Glass — Gmail, Maps, Drive, Google+, Translate, etc., except for one — a note taking app that it could integrate with its other services.
Meet Keep, a slick note taking app from Google.
It’s a gorgeous app that basically lets you add simple notes and to-do lists along with options for customizing their color and adding images to them. You can add notes either by typing them or using voice. Interestingly, Keep also adds the original voice recording whenever you create a new note using voice.
Notes can be archived by swiping them to the right or left. Amazing!
Keep features Google’s newly found ‘card’ user interface, which we’ve previously seen in the Google Now and Google+ apps. Notes are displayed as cards in multi-column column view (or single-column), which can be archived by swiping them away.
The notes are ordered in multi-column view by default and an option for changing to single-column view is also present.
The notes are automatically synced to your Google account and can be accessed from a (pretty boring) web interface as well:
INTEGRATION WITH VOICE SEARCH
The best part of Keep is its integration with Voice Search, which lets you add notes to Keep directly from Voice Search (i.e., the mic button present in the Google Search widget) by simply starting a command with “Take a note”, or “Note to self”.
At present, Keep doesn’t have much functionalities to fully compete with many of the gazillion other note taking apps available in the Play Store as they are feature-rich than Keep. But none comes close to the slickness of Keep. It’s simple and it’s beautiful.
Categories / Tags
Keep deserves full marks for its beautiful design, but it falls short of features when compared with other apps such as Evernote. One such area where the app is lacking is support for tags or categories.
Another gripe with Keep is that there is no option for directly adding images in a note other than sharing it from gallery or some other app. At present, the only option available is to capture a new photo.
Pros and Cons aside, there’s one highly frustrating thing with Keep — It doesn’t compress photos while syncing them with your Google account. I only realized this after finding that Keep has consumed 8MB of data only for syncing 2 notes having high-res photos.
Over 8MB just for syncing 2 photo notes. Boo!
Google has had a bad history dealing with resolution of photos. And this needs to be fixed as soon as possible. Until then, you may use any photo resizing app for Android such as Send Reduced.
Overall, Google Keep is easily one of the best note taking apps you can find out there. It’s simply and it’s gorgeous. It’s a definite keeper despite having a few gripes, which I believe will be solved soon.
Play Store: Google Keep (free)