Yesterday evening Google released a new app they call Keep. We could almost call it two since it comes with a web interface for desktop as well.
According to the presentation Keep aim to replace the post its on your desk, screen, fridge and so on. Quick note taking, ability to dictate and save pictures complete with a lock screen widget. Not bad! But hardly the first version of it either. I’m guessing that the question is whether or not they manage to attract user from other services like Evernote or Catch.
Keep is simple and beautiful (imho) with a lot of nice colour :-)
It does however lack a lot of the more advanced features of e.g. Evernote. You can’t share natively (and obviously not collaborate) a note, instead you use the built in Android sharing. This works, but when something is shared the information is taken out of the app/service. You can also use it as a task manager with check boxes but it will not sync with Google Tasks.
Overall I feel like it should be considered part of Drive but with it’s own app, a way for Google to broaden the possible ways to attract new users.
It’s a nice app but at this time I’m surprised that it’s not more tightly integrated with the rest of Google services. A reminder will often need an alarm, but no connection to neither Google Calendar or Android alarm (and no alarm of its own unless I’m blind). The lack of integration with Tasks also bugs me a bit. I can’t see any reason for both to exist so likely we will see an end of Tasks but that means (I hope!) adding Keep to Gmail, and changes to the almighty webmail service is not taken lightly in Mountain View. On the other hand that’s what I thought about G+ messenger and Talk as well, instead they’ve added a third chat in Drive :-) We’ll see if the rumours of “Babbel” holds any truth…not one day too early if you ask me!
Note that there is no official Tasks app today despite broad usage, instead people have turned to 3rd party apps like Astrid, GTasks or my personal favourite Any.Do. Interesting that Google now adds tasks to another app instead which allows them to somewhat change their previous deciscion to just go for a webbapp.
Another thing that doesn’t matter to me but will surely annoy some people is that it choose language based on phone language, this is a neat default setting but I should be able to change it. Simple setting and everyone is better of with it. Many users have a need of different languages in different apps.
Official app, of course there will be a lot of users. It’s good at what it does and looks sleek and Googly but at the moment I don’t see much more than potential.