A week after Google Reader is discontinued, a new service from Google is announced.
Their new product is called ‘Google Keep,’ a note-taking app.
The big features of Google Keep is the ability to create on the go notes, lists, and audio notes.
There is also the ability to add photos to notes.
These photos and notes can be modify their colors as an organization tool. The power behind Google Keep is its integration into Google Drive, and thus support with cloud based software.
So the question becomes, what does Google Keep do differently, and will it replace Evernote? This seems to be the looming question on everyone’s mind.
The biggest thing going for Google Keep is that it is a Google Product. As such, it will most likely have thorough integration into other Google services, such as Gmail. If so, for Google users, this could be a product that will lend itself to an easy transition into everyday practice, instead of having to rely on another service that may not communicate as well.
Nonetheless, several other blogs and news services have critiqued Google Keep, and have noted that it is too early to call this an ‘Evernote Killer.’ For instance, Gizmodo lays out several flaws with Google Keep in comparison with Evernote. Main critiques are that that it lacks the social features of Evernote, does not directly download images from the internet into the app, and that it is not available offline–one feature that Evernote has going for it.
While these areas are certainly a cumbersome feature of the current iteration of Google Keep, it may be upgraded in the near future to make up for this or even improve on these downfalls.
Lastly, some users do not want to use Google Keep for the reason of its longevity. With Googles killing off Reader without any warning, some are asking if the same thing could happen to Keep. Why use a product and invest time into something that could disappear so soon? That remains to be seen for now.
For those who have Android devices, what has your experience been with Google Keep, and how would you compare it to similar services?