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Google adds note function Keep, and it’s a keeper

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Updated: April 27, 2013 6:11AM

Android made a transformative leap forward last year with the release of version 4. But there was still one thing missing from Google’s menagerie of free mobile apps: a note taker. It was a baffling omission. One of the primary roles of a mobile device is to help you to capture and organize ideas and information as you make your way throughout space and time.

Now, there’s Google Keep. It’s tempting to conclude that Keep is Google’s attempt to horn in on some of Evernote’s territory. Actually, it’s even more tempting to make a “Google releases Keep” gag, but the day grows long.

After a day with Keep, I don’t think that Keep was intended as Google’s challenge to Evernote. Keep isn’t nearly as ambitious as Evernote. It looks like a hybrid of a Windows Phone live tile display and Pinterest, and its interface is as simple as its feature set.

Tap to create a note. You can give your note a title and an optional color. The home screen of the app arranges your notes as squares. You can rearrange them just by dragging and dropping. Keep can also be accessed through widgets on your desktop. If you’re using Android 4.2, you can also access it right through the lockscreen, for quick note capture.

That’s pretty much it. You can’t add tags, or organize items into notebooks. Sharing notes with other people happens throug