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Google Keep updates mean hot competition with Evernote

(Tech News) Google Keep has added text recognition to photos, making the app more useful and more competitive with Evernote.

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Google Keep to give Evernote Healthy Competition

What exactly is Google Keep, anyway? Google Keep is a syncing notepad that connects to Google Drive. It also supports photo notes, voice notes, and checklists.

Google Keep lets you quickly take and save those notes, photos, voice memos, and checklists to Google Drive, and then access them again on any other web-connected device you use. It has been widely overlooked because it lacks integration with Google Now.

Last fall, Google announced reminders, which we asserted made the app 100 times more useful, but now, Keep has released another exciting update to include the introduction of integrated text recognition to images.

Searching for text in images is now the most significant feature of Keep, and could continue to help increase Keep’s popularity so long as it plans to integrate more efficiently into Google’s mobile offering, and perhaps even Google Now.

Since Keep has been consistently compared to apps like Evernote and OneNote, this could be the feature Keep needs to break away from the pack.

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Will Google Keep replace Evernote?

This update will not replace Evernote, by any means, but it could boost productivity in ways Evernote cannot. Think about searching through networking promotions, conference flyers, and any other images you store of the Internet: Keep makes it easy to quickly search through images simply by entering text. Keep is also free, unlike Evernote; it is definitely worth a look.

Also, with this update, Keep has received an update to its interface. It is a bit more organized and easier to navigate. The new action bar changes color in relation to the color of the note you set. The new optical recognition characteristics should be useful if you are in the habit of clipping text-heavy images, from newspapers or online articles, and keeping them as image notes.

Lists have also been upgraded: you can now place new items at the top or bottoms. You can also make copies of notes. This can help you boost productivity by saving time, especially if you build new lists from pre-existing ones. You can now keep deleted notes that are sitting in the trash a bit longer, thanks to this update. Google Keep has also added a slide-out menu with multi-account selection.

Keep has been overlooked for a while, but with this new update, it may be gaining more attention. Try it out and see what you think.

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Jennifer Walpole is a Senior Staff Writer at The American Genius and holds a Master's degree in English from the University of Oklahoma. She is a science fiction fanatic and enjoys writing way more than she should. She dreams of being a screenwriter and seeing her work on the big screen in Hollywood one day.



  1. rae_trent

    April 10, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Great article! So far, have loved a lot of things about Google Keep… the text search in images, having everything synched to Google Drive, and even just that deleted items are available longer. Was approached a few days ago about testing a beta for a new organization app called Centrallo… Supposed to be an even more modern Evernote/Google Keep competitor. We will see!

  2. Tinu

    April 21, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Definitely a killer feature. I’m not using Evernote any less because of it, but it does close an important gap I had between Notepad and Evernote.

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