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The lowdown on Google's brand-new note-taking service, Keep

Today, Google took the wraps off their new note-taking service Keep, which lets users take notes, make checklists, and create audio notes both via a web interface and on the go via an Android app. Here’s the lowdown:

The Keep Android app homescreen
Google Play

What is this again?
A new simple yet elegant way to create and store your ideas in the cloud..make multimedia notes (picture and audio) on the go, then retrieve them via the Web on your PC...Takes advantage of Google’s excellent text-to speech engine by letting you dictate notes into the app. You can also color code notes to categorize them.

Who’s it for?
Since there is no iOS app at the moment, Android users with versions 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above will get the most benefit right now, esp those who are are already using Google Drive to take notes, create documents etc., since you will be able to access all you notes from Drive.

When and where can I use it?
If you have a Google account, you can use it today, either via the web app or by downloading the Android app from the Google Play store.

Why should I get it?
Well this was probably already covered, but to reiterate: Beautiful clean interface, uses existing Google Account, great voice note transcription, nice widget that lets you create notes right from your homescreen, plus lockscreen for Jelly Bean 4.2 users...you can also update notes from the web at https://drive.google.com/keep/.

Why wouldn’t I use it?
If you have an iPhone or Windows Phone, you may want to stick with another service like Evernote for now, since there is no app for those platforms right now. But the popularity of iOS almost guarantees there will be an app for those devices soon.

What are people saying?
Judging from the comments on Google Play, Keep is getting a warm reception. Of course there is much comparison to Evernote, undoubtedly the leader in the note-taking app space right now, but most people like the simplicity, and beautiful design. Others say they will hold off until the app is more robust, offering features like the ability to group notes in notebooks in Evernote.

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