Google creates new sticky notes app called Keep

21 Mar 2013

Google has launched a new Android-based app called Keep that lets users jot down ideas and which transcribes voice message to ensure ideas never get away.

To capture those fleeting thoughts Android 4.2 devices will be able to use a lock-screen widget so ideas can be recorded as fast as possible without the need to unlock the device to open the app. And just like with ordinary sticky notes you can choose the colour of the sticky note.

Keep appears to be a new app aimed at competing with popular app Evernote as well as BlackBerry’s new Remember hub, which incidentally integrates with Evernote.

The new app is available on Google Play for devices running Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich and above.

Web users can also access the app at and in a few weeksdirectly through Google Drive.

“Every day we all see, hear or think of things we need to remember,” explained Katherine Kuan,  a software engineer at Google in the Google blog.

“Usually we grab a pad of sticky-notes, scribble a reminder and put it on the desk, the fridge or the relevant page of a magazine. Unfortunately, if you’re like me you probably often discover that the desk, fridge or magazine wasn’t such a clever place to leave the note after all…it’s rarely where you need it when you need it.

“To solve this problem we’ve created Google Keep. With Keep you can quickly jot ideas down when you think of them and even include checklists and photos to keep track of what’s important to you. Your notes are safely stored in Google Drive and synced to all your devices so you can always have them at hand,” Kuan said.


John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years