March 18, 2013
Google Note-Taking App Dies Less Than A Day After Going Live
Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
There are those who are still reeling from Google´s announcement last week about killing off one of their most loved products. Yet, while these users are still in mourning over their lost relationship, it seems as if Google could have already moved on.
According to the Google fans at AndroidPolice.com, Google is planning to release a note-taking app in the vein of Evernote or Microsoft´s OneNote. Called “Google Keep,” this app was even live for a brief time on Sunday before disappearing into the ether once more. Not satisfied with a brief glimpse, the folks at AndroidPolice also say they´ve found references to Google Keep in the Google Drive source code.
This wouldn´t be Google´s first foray into the note-taking business. In 2006, Google announced Google Notebook, a similar note-taking app which allowed users to save and organize Websites and other tidbits from around the web. As they have with many of their products in the past, Google said goodbye and killed Notebook in 2011.
While it was available, AndroidPolice went poking around Google Keep and managed to capture several screen shots. According to Ron Amadeo with AndroidPolice, Keep worked just like its predecessor.
Notes could be color-coded, archived and turned into checklists. Users could also add pictures to their notes, though Amadeo mentioned that version which was briefly live this weekend didn´t do a great job at displaying images in list view.
There´s also some evidence of a Keep app in the Google Drive source code, though this app has yet to go live.
Google Plus user 1E100 went digging through the Drive source code to find early references to Keep. The code even contained an icon for the app, which looks like a white outline of a lightbulb against a background of maize. The app is said to be codenamed “Memento.”
When Keep first went live yesterday, it was located at 'https://drive.google.com/keep.' Now, this address returns a "404. That's an error" page, which AndroidPolice claim is unlike any other and possibly fake.
This isn´t the first time Google Keep has briefly been in the spotlight. Last year, Google released a set of pictures meant to show how easy it is to use their “Instant Preview” feature.
Instant Preview allows users to get a brief glimpse of a Website before clicking, saving them committing to a click.
These photos meant to promote Instant Preview ended up promoting something else entirely: Google Keep.
While the Instant Preview shows an image of the selected Website, there´s also a suspicious link at the bottom of the screenshot which reads “Add to Google Keep.”
This means Keep could likely work directly with search, (just like Notebook once did) saving web pages without having to visit them.
This also means Google could have been working on Keep for at least eight months.
So far, many are questioning if Keep is meant to be Google´s way to take on Evernote, the largest note-taking app.
With more than 45 million visitors, Evernote is the most popular note taking app and has earned a loyal following. While Google will no doubt pull some users away if it does release the Keep app, it´s left to be seen how many will find the new service good enough to leave their current Evernote setups.