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Keep is online: Google copied Evernote

Authored by: Loie Favre — Mar 21, 2013
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Things, which are important enough to write down as a reminder, are very interesting for Google as well. That's why it was only a matter of time before Google used, or rather copied, the ''Evernote'' concept. Keep went online overnight and the similarities between the two systems are striking, despite Google's version being considerably ''purged''.

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Keep is joining the Google family, along with Google Play, which has just received an updated version. The new copycat system employs the same notes, pictures and voice recordings, putting it into action under Google Drive. They've also created an app, which includes a widget. This service is cast in the same mould as Evernote, offering on the other hand a lot less functions. For example, you can't set up a notebook or insert catchwords. It's for this reason that ''Keep'' is really easy to use. You're able to set your notes apart using colorful highlights. What's more, you can make checkboxes from your notes' checklists, a suitable replacement for ''Tasks'' in your Google Calender.


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Keep is alright, but doesn't do everthing that Evernote does. The latter allows you to search for text in pictures...Keep can't touch that! What's more, you can add tags, something that Google's Keep left aside. Is the big G's new creation better or is just an amalgation of Evernote's scraps?

What do you think? Will you stick to Evernote or switch over to Keep for all of your note-taking needs? 

Loie Favre found her way to her present passion for Android and smartphone technology after experiencing an epiphany when she held her Galaxy Note 2. From that point onwards, you can find her with her nose buried in countless Android apps and different smartphone models, and thanking her lucky stars that she gets to work at something she loves.

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  • Loie Favre
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    Mar 21, 2013 Link to comment

    It happens to the best of us ;) If you don't agree with me, take a look at Steven's article! http://www.androidpit.com/google-keep-vs-evernote-killer

  • David McKay Mar 21, 2013 Link to comment

    I guess I'm just being persnickety, I forgot to have my cereal this morning :P

  • Loie Favre
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    Mar 21, 2013 Link to comment

    @David McKay: The concept obviously doesn't belong solely to Evernote. However, it is a well-known and very popular note-taking online system, whose style Google has (smartly) decided to closley imitate. That is what the article essentially is about. Plus, I'm sure you can find many other similar apps out there.
    You're right to say that no one actually ''owns'' that concept. I guess it's all about who does it best ;)

  • David McKay Mar 21, 2013 Link to comment

    Are you serious? The "Evernote concept" ? Because we didn't have note keeping abilities prior to Evernote?