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Well, that was fast. Earlier today we told you about Google Keep, a note-taking app Google was working on. Now, it seems the desktop version of the site is up and running!

And it's gone. Google Keep is now 404ing. Probably another victim of a spring cleaning. These Google products just don't last as long as they used to!

Well, enjoy the screenshots!

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Google Keep works a lot like Google Notebook used to: There's a list of notes, and you can color-code them, save pictures, and make checklists. You can archive notes, which will send them to a section at the bottom of your list.

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There's a list view and a thumbnail view, pictured here. This screenshot also shows you what the  New Note field looks like when it's active.

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And, of course, this being Google, there is a search bar. It works.

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Keep does a terrible job of displaying images in list view. This Jelly Bean logo is only 175 x 267, but here Keep is stretching it to a massive size, it won't even fit on my monitor. There's a mobile web interface, which we have pictured on the right. There's supposed to be an Android app too, but there's no sign of that yet.

That covers just about everything Keep does for right now. It's very simple. The site is was up and running at https://drive.google.com/keep/, and currently there's no integration with the regular Drive site. Needless to say, this is story is quickly evolving, so check back often!

Ron Amadeo
Ron loves everything related to technology, design, and Google. He always wants to talk about "the big picture" and what's next for Android, and he's not afraid to get knee-deep in an APK for some details. Expect a good eye for detail, lots of research, and some lamenting about how something isn't designed well enough.
  • Defg

    Not found. :(

  • Karl Smith

    404 for me.. :(

  • atlouiedog

    Pretty simple but I can see myself using this. Too bad it doesn't let me import rss and atom feeds and then update them when there's new content.

  • Wade Johnson

    Awww, I was playing with it, then I refreshed the page and now it's down.

    • Bugs Bunny

      Same here

  • Carlos Silva

    Doesn't work for me...

  • Alex Mocaby

    Aaaannddd it's gone

    • Ryggore Mettane

      I could be wrong but from the look of the bar at the top I guess it wasn't ready for prime time.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

        It didn't really feel ready for prime time, either. Other than type a note, pick a color, and add a picture, there was nothing you could do. I guess maybe if it was really integrated with the rest of Google it would be more useful, but it seemed like something someone whipped up in a few minutes.

        But then again, it's a note taking app, maybe all it needs to be is dead simple. It was hard to tell, I didn't get to play with it long enough.

        • Tomi Golob

          I agree that it needs to be dead simple. But now it's simply dead... Anyway finally Google is thinking about this kind of apps for its users, yaay

          • http://twitter.com/LisaViolet3 LisaViolet

            just as Judith replied I am impressed that a mother can make $7376 in a few weeks on the inetwork.

          • http://twitter.com/LisaViolet3 LisaViolet

            ....----goo.gl/KRa3c (Home more information)

        • RitishOemraw

          You didn't get to play with it long enough? Hmmm guess that is good enough. A good enough excuse for "Wow look its a note"
          its? ITS? or it's

          ;P

          • Jeff Ferrell

            :P

            it's = it is

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      Damn it, I really want a Google memo application. I have been craving one since I left iOS.

    • mikefats

      Axed already? Who's going to start a petition to save it?

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    Doesn't work for me. Either they acted fast, or it's available to limited accounts.

    • http://twitter.com/navjotbatra Navjot

      nope, I made a note and refreshed the page to a 404. That was fast.

    • Wade Johnson

      They must've acted fast because I was able to play with it, but then it went down when I refreshed the page.

  • http://twitter.com/navjotbatra Navjot

    Worked for me until I refreshed the page.

  • Josh

    I managed to make a note and then *BOOM*...

    • http://profiles.google.com/fahadayaz Fahad Ayaz

      Bus?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      So it's YOUR FAULT! Did you divide by zero in your note or something?

  • Ray

    Nothing here either. Doesn't work. :(

  • http://www.vrdwellersblog.com/ Miles Reiter

    Introduce OneNote type features including written input (for tablets with styluses and whatnot) then we'll talk.

  • Hec Mora

    Bam that was quick

  • http://twitter.com/GiuntaRob Roberto Giunta

    Well, then it's only a matter of time until "Google Tasks" is going the way of the dodo, i.e. "summer/fall cleaning" or something like that.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

      I wanted to know if this was integrated with Tasks at all. Tasks never seemed full finished, just tacked on to gmail.

  • Qbancelli

    link is not working

  • james

    I think some google engineer is currently cursing at himself for drinking that last pint of green st patrick's day beer while tinkering around with his most recent 20% project.

  • mechapathy

    Yup. I figured they let it go live on accident.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=57902506 Jason Brian Chapa

    And the link is dead.

  • Adam Fitton

    Yeah, it was up for me, Then a minute later started 404ing.

  • Ray

    Evernote replacement = not far away by the looks of it.

  • Crazydog

    And it's gone. 404d!

  • Steven Hoff

    I get the 404. Really wanted to check it out. I used Google Notebook alot.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Looks like they pulled it about half an hour after it went live. Probably a soft launch of some sort, or a mistake.

    • andy_o

      Maybe they just ran out of Google Keeps in a half hour and had to order more from LG.

      • http://www.facebook.com/rmkattan Rami Kattan

        Or they found that nobody (or very few) used it for a whole 30 minutes :)

    • Chahk Noir

      Google services just don't last as long as they used to anymore. First they pull the plug on Reader, and now this. What a shame. RIP, Keep!

      • http://kamranmackey.tumblr.com/ Kamran Mackey

        Guys be patient. Maybe if these god damn news sites didn't fooping report these kinds of things, maybe it would stay up longer!

        • Chahk Noir

          This was a joke, dude. Lighten up.

      • http://kamranmackey.tumblr.com/ Kamran Mackey

        And also, maybe Google Keep wasn't ready for prime time just yet.

  • Sean McAdam

    Nope, not public yet, still a 404.

  • epsiblivion

    hopefully this can replace notebook and tasks. I'm currently using simplenote, resophnotes, epistle but if they release an android app, I'm willing to try it

    • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

      I hope they don't destroy Tasks, as GTasks relies on it =/ It would be Reader all over again...

  • Kelvin Davis

    It'll be here by Wednesday.
    That's the Google way.

  • deltatux

    I'll happily switch over to this instead of Evernote ... not that I use Evernote much lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jaredwithrow Jared Withrow

    He's dead, Jim!

  • Robert Pinder

    I'll stick with Evernote thank you

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

    Well then. Uh, thanks for the private demo Google! =D

    • http://profiles.google.com/jeremyrreger Jeremy Reger

      Well done....

  • vitriolix

    Future spring cleaning

  • Kelvin Davis

    Oh and just a word...
    SNARKY COMMENTS DON'T DO SHIT AND ARE ANNOYING.
    I, as much everyone else, will miss Reader, BUT HOLY GOD, EVERY GOOGLE PRODUCT WILL NOT BE DESTROYED CONSTANTLY.

    • atlouiedog

      THIS IS THE FORM MY GRIEF TAKES! Please help yourself to a sandwich from the cold cut tray.

    • Lexster

      How do you know? Did you foresee Reader being killed despite having at least 500,000 users and probably a lot more?

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    Ooooh please release this so I can say goodbye to Evernote :)

    • Abhisshack D

      use Springpad its much better than Evernote

  • howitzerr

    I know one more app that ill uninstall after being replaced by a google app !

  • Chris Brown

    I can't understand why Google would introduce a product like this which has heavy competition, limited integration with search/advertising and rudimentary capabilities -- yet, while eliminating one of their most popular products that directly provides robust data on user interests. I'm so pissed about the Google Reader termination..

    • raindog469

      I was too, until I realized this was a chance to rely less on Google for my day-to-day activities. Threw a copy of tt-rss on an old PC (literally less powerful than my girl's current phone) running Ubuntu as a server, and after giving it a weekend to amass some data and writing a quick plugin to emulate Google Reader keystrokes, I'm pretty sure I have my Reader replacement already. Even has an Android app available that I like better than Google Reader's official app (though I haven't tried it on my tablet yet) and some Google Reader clients are being rewritten to use tt-rss.

      Looking forward to the day I can do the same with Google Drive, but at least I use that to collaborate with people.

  • Walter Andrade

    Nah, after they killed Reader, I´ve lost most of the interest in what Google is doing. I will pass this one, even if it come online again. Thanks.

    • Alexander Procter

      Haha seriously?!

  • http://www.dainbinder.com Dain Binder

    Looking forward to the official launch of Google Keep! Hopefully it will have some due/follow up date functionality as well for tasks.

  • NoBullet

    I notice "Google k" auto completes Google keep in the play store, but nothing is found.

  • Alexander Procter

    "Something something wahh Google Reader" is the new "something something wahh only in America."

  • Mark LaFlamme

    So, they're going to compete with Evernote and OneNote? Keen. Great new philosophy: Give the people what they already have! I'm kind of surprised to see so much Evernote in here. I consider it close to perfection and I'm a picky bastard.

    • Dave

      You are correct.. Evernote is amazing.

      When we lost Google Notebook I didn't know what I'd do, but I happily pay for Evernote Premium now. It's way ahead of what Google had before, or will have, for note-taking.

  • LatvianPotato

    The mobile version has the same create new note icon as scratchpad (on chrome)

  • Freak4Dell

    Maybe they're planning a launch tomorrow. I mean, why launch a product on a Sunday, anyway?

  • Joshua Percell

    I need a good app for taking quick notes on the go. The Motorola sticky note app on my photon 4G was a bit slow, but nothing beats it in its simplicity. I need something that can reproduce that, and make it better.

  • http://chromebookguru.tumblr.com Jason C

    And TechCrunch stole your images and just made a story out of your story.

    • Scott

      Wow I see that, nor did they give them any credit whatsoever. How lame.

      • Guest

        VentureBeat did too, but they gave credit to AP

  • http://rubbercat.net/ rubber cat

    What's with the gray logo?

  • Tony Ross

    bah hahahaha

  • Mario Beric

    It's weird that they'd release something so similar to Google Notebook, since they wanted people to use Docs for note-taking. If they changed their mind, why not re-release it as Notebook?

  • Stefan van Aalst

    When it allows to share easily, create 'multiple' notebooks ...well something like OneNote (less features is fine). The one product that is out there for so long and hasn't got a good alternative, IMHO, is OneNote. The only thing that sucks about OneNote is synchronization in the 'we' mode; e.g. if more than one person is changing stuff.

    The realtime collaboration feature that was introduced with Google Wave and what now is available in Google Documents, Spreadsheet and Presentation has been essential for some of the work we do.

    I don't like the inability of not being to edit stuff off-line, but I don't mind using another app / program for this to later integrate it back again, or just wait till I have online access, in one of the Google docs.

    Dropbox, Skydrive ...nice but works only with some check in / out procedures or one-way edit. Too often I lost quite a bit of work.

    So for all my stuff that I only use for myself and need off-line access, Evernote, Powerpoint, or Excell. All other things, especially for collaboration: Google Docs. They should have called it something like Wdocs.

  • Jachym Kokesh Lukes

    I use as many Google services as I can, as I like everything being connected, but I guess in this case I'll stay with Evernote.

  • Kam Siu

    another victim of Spring Cleaning! at least it's faster :)

  • Tee

    ...And where's the Android app?

  • Robert Iagar

    is it just me or Drive is down? It's defaulting to my offline list when I access it...

    • CGull

      Yep... Drive is 502'ing for me now. Potentially they are messing around to launch this service...

  • http://twitter.com/jmhnet jmhnet

    So if Google goes ahead with this project, and it doesn't get 500
    million users, I suppose they'll just get rid of it like everything
    else. I used to be an avid user of Google Notebook, but then they
    trashed it. Same with Google Listen, Reader, iGoogle, etc...
    So why would I use this?

  • Asphyx

    They really SHOULD make this live and make it shareable like they do the calendar and Drive...
    I wonder if it is available for Google Business service....Bet it is cause it would be a great feature in that service.

  • Stephen Sevenyoln

    LOL at "Google products don't last as long as they used to."

  • GazaIan

    I like it, it's actually simple. Too bad they pulled it so quickly.

  • timmytimbo

    Sorry but when "Evernote" IPO's this year, "Google Keep," will be yet another crappy app that gets swept up and thrown into the G-trash bin. Evernote's ecosystem is superior in every way. I'm an investor and can't wait for Evernote to IPO. I will be long and predict they will grow into corporation that makes OS's, phones and etc.

    • timmytimbo

      Oh yeah, bye bye Google Keep

  • davidgoldmandg

    Ring ring!
    Boring!

    Wish they'd make a compelling UI like google+ has.

    Maybe next version.

    When users open an app, it should just be a joy!

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  • siva

    nice article, then it's only a matter of time until "Google Tasks" is going the way of the dodo, i.e. "summer/fall cleaning" or something like that.

  • Tim Wechy

    Just logged into mine. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/MothyWing Tim Wing

    Its back syncing for me again

  • Brian Fields

    Aaaannnnd, it's back !

    https://drive.google.com/keep/

  • Beginner

    Please forgive my bad English.
    Can be imported NOTES (format,picture,...) from Chrome app. Scratchpad to Google Keep?

  • rkm1

    I use keep and haven't the need for the picture function. I like keep because of its simplicity. I can turn on checkboxes (if I wish). I can upload it to drive (if I want). Evernote is just too much of a big deal (no thanks). I am going to keep keep (thanks).