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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

How to get started with Google Keep on your Android Device or PC

Google yesterday officially announced its new note-taking service, named Google Keep, which allows users to sync notes and to-do lists across your computer, phone and tablet using your Google account. But now the app right now is only available for android devices running Android 4.0.3 and up, or through the Google Drive Web site. Today here I will introduce you how to get started with Google's new note-taking app Keep.
Google Keep on android
Of course, in order to get started with Google Keep on your android device, you should download the Android app and install it on your device in advance. You can find the tool at drive.google.com/keep or in the Play Store for Android 4.0 and up.

After installing the app you'll be prompted to select the Google account you want to use with Keep. Once that's done, you can begin keeping notes. There are four different methods you can use to enter a note:
  • A quick note directly from the text box on the initial screen.
  • Add a checklist by tapping on the check mark icon.
  • Create a voice memo by tapping on the microphone. All memos are instantly transcribed, keeping both the audio and text in the note.
  • Add a photo as a note by tapping on the camera.
At any time you can add a checklist to an existing note by tapping on the menu button and selecting "Show Checkboxes."
 Google Keep note color
In addition to this, You can also select a different color for each note. So just select the favorite color you like. 

You can also add a photo to any existing note by tapping on the camera along the top of the screen. Any photo you add has to be taken at the time you add it; you can't add previously snapped photos from your Gallery.

Once you're done with a note you can archive it by swiping in either direction across the note.
To rearrange notes you simply tap and hold on a note and drag it to where you want it. You can change the layout between multicolumn and single-column view through the menu.
Now There are two widgets included with the app. The first widget will place a shortcut bar to create notes with, and will let you scroll through your existing notes directly from your home screen. The second widget is only a shortcut bar. Should you be using an Android device running Android 4.2 or later, you'll be able to add either widget to your lock screen for quick access to your Keep entries.

The Google Drive page for Keep is pretty straightforward. You can add, edit, archive, and delete your notes with just a few clicks, mirrors the basic function as the Android app.
The combination of various note types is nice; a checklist for shopping, photos to help you remember something, and voice notes for when you can't type a long note. But can it beat alternatives like Evernote, which now had 34 million users? The answer is no and There's some work Google need to do with Keep.

Source: Google via CNET

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