Earlier this week, Google killed a beloved service of theirs, but now it looks like they might be bringing another one back from the dead in the form of a new note-taking service called "Google Keep." Remember Google Notebook? It's back!

We've got pictures! Google Keep's website went live for a short while and we took a bunch of screenshots. Check them out.

1E100 dug through the Google Drive website's source code and discovered the unreleased app. For starters there's this icon, which was located at www.google.com/images/icons/product/keep-512.png:


It looks like it's a good match with the other Google Drive app icons. The service is codenamed "Memento" and the MIME type of a Google Keep file is "application/vnd.google-apps.note."

There are also a few revealing URLs: https://drive.google.com/keep/ gives a special (read: fake) 404 page, while something that really isn't there, like https://drive.google.com/androidpolice/ gives a real 404 error. You can also get favicons for Keep if you check out https://drive.sandbox.google.com/keep/ or https://drive.sandbox.google.com/notes/.


Do a little Googling and you'll come across this G+ post on the official Google page. In July 2012, Google was trying to use this picture to extoll the virtues of Instant Preview, but they didn't notice the "Add to Google Keep" link in the right screenshot. So apparently Keep will be able to save website snippets directly from a Google Search, and this service has been in the works for some time.

It looks like Keep will get its own Android app, which is really odd for a Drive app, but sure enough, 1E100 found that http://g.co/keep redirects to https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.keep.

That's about it. Google Keep, an unreleased note-taking app from Google. We'll let you know if we hear anything else.

Source: 1E100 via Google Operating System

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.
  • Adrian Rodriguez

    I'm assuming it's going to be more of a Pocket competitor.

    • http://kennydude.me/ Joe Simpson

      That sounds more plausible. Maybe Pocket+Notebook?

      • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

        Pocket+evernote=Google Keep ...?

    • codemonkey85

      I'm thinking Evernote.

      • MrJigolo

        Hopefully this

      • Kenny O

        This is what I'm hoping, especially since I have a lot more cloud space with Google than I do with Evernote.

        • http://twitter.com/LisaViolet3 LisaViolet

          like Martha implied I didnt even know that some people able to profit $5001 in 1 month on the network.

        • http://twitter.com/LisaViolet3 LisaViolet

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

    • Łukasz Zając

      That. Would. Be. Awesome. And API-open, of course, for my Kindle reading needs.

    • Guest

      It does seem more likely given what's been shown here, not to mention the name.

  • http://kennydude.me/ Joe Simpson

    Note how https://drive.google.com/keep/ redirects to https://drive.google.com/keep/u/0/

    Google Plus uses https://plus.google.com/u/0/ for your main account.

    Maybe G+ integration?

    • Raymie Humbert

      The /u/0 syntax is also used in Gmail. It distinguishes between multiple signed-in Google accounts (and the 0 number goes up to 1, 2, etc.)

    • blahmoomoo

      The /u/0/ thing is what they use for multi-login. You see the same thing in GMail. The second logged in account uses /u/1/, third uses /u/2/, etc.

      It does go to show that the page is somewhat active already.

      Hmm, I wonder if they're going to finally add support for multi-login to Drive... that's something that's annoyed me for a while.

      • http://twitter.com/BIGELLOW Bob Bigellow

        Multi-login already works with Drive.

        • blahmoomoo

          Right now it only works between my primary Google account an an Apps account. I can't switch to a secondary Google account in Drive; it's grayed out.

  • http://k3rnel.net Juan Rodriguez

    Honestly, I would not use it. They'll just end up killing the product in a couple of years anyway, so might as well stick to Evernote, Springpad or just a plain old yellow legal pad.

  • Tahin Rahman

    My guess is Pocket + Evernote

  • Mike

    if it could somehow integrate with microsoft one note...that would be amazing

    • codemonkey85

      Well, I'm sure it will be at least as open as Google Drive. But Google opens up these things and very rarely do really big companies take advantage... you certainly don't see Twitter or Facebook using Google's social APIs on Android, for instance.

      That being said, I'm sure some third-party app developer will do something like this for you.

      • http://twitter.com/RvLeshrac RvLeshrac

        It isn't up to the product owners to develop plugins for third-party products. Google, or someone else, can develop a OneNote addon.

        • codemonkey85

          I understand what you're saying, but I'm not talking about developing a plugin, I'm talking about adding functionality to your app that would improve the experience for the user. Android is a phone platform, which is not an area of direct competition for either social network, and both Facebook and Twitter have partnered up with iOS, so there's no reason for them not to have done anything with Android since 1.5 years ago when these APIs became available.

          However, OneNote might be an area of direct competition with Google, if this "Keep" turns out like some of us think it will, and if that happens I doubt either Microsoft or Google will be interested in integration, for obvious reasons.

  • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

    Don't forget they also scrapped the Google Scratchpad app for Chrome (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/scratchpad/kjebfhglflhjjjiceimfkgicifkhjlnm?hl=en).

    Pretty sure now it's been outed, it'll be released reasonably soon. Or at I/O.

    • Davy Jones

      Never saw that app, but if you are right about it taking over its functionality then I am guessing that they will be getting rid of Tasks next spring.

      • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

        I think Tasks will be merged into Now at some point. It makes sense. Like Reader, Tasks has nowhere else it can go on its own, and it's pretty neglected; no official Android app or anything.

        • Davy Jones

          Part of me thinks every Google service will eventually be integrated with the giant knowledge assimilating Now in some way or another, but I don't really see a To-do list services being graphed on to Now the same way Goggles was.

  • CSB

    It does seem more likely given what's been shown here, not to mention the name.

    • CSB

      Oops, meant to post this as a reply to Adrian's comment below.

  • woj_tek

    who the eF would like to invest their time in yet another google "invention" that will be probably "spring cleaned" in a while? oh, and this one is even better! they already killed it once, then they are bringing it again, and probably kill it yet again, yay, go team Google... go eF yourself that is...

    • Doan

      Nobody. That's who. But you don't know that it will be a short-lived project. Gmail started out as a small side-project, as well. If you want to use the latest and greatest tech, you have to take risks.

      • woj_tek

        "greatest"?! what's seems to be so great about it?

        • Doan

          It's figurative language. Don't take it literally.

  • Chris Sanner

    awesome as this may be..I'm not going to start relying on another google service now that they've killed one I really loved.
    I'll be the first to admit I didn't worry too much about the ones they killed that I wasn't really into, and kept telling myself "well, it won't happen to the ones I love", but now that it has...I'm hesitant to get attached to any of the others.

    I've even started backing up my gmail for the firs time in forever.

    • chris2kari

      Same here. I'm really really really tired of the constant churn of products & services. I'm preparing for life after Google also.

  • HebeGuess

    Nice finding again.~ hmm, so far i can tell the engineers love Nolan's Movie full stop

  • DeadSOL

    Screw the skeptics in the comments. I'm excited!

  • Qbancelli

    Google Save?

    • http://twitter.com/2mf Mihail Fedorov

      Google Pray

  • Kenny O

    ...Google killed an app I liked. I'm gonna be a b!tch about it and never gonna try something new ever again.

    • Lexster

      Google killed an app I liked. And which lots of people obviously still used. So...yeah, I'm pretty much not going to trust them with something like this. Don't see why that's such a revelation.

      • http://twitter.com/BIGELLOW Bob Bigellow

        It's one thing not to trust... it's another thing to take this distrust to the interwebz so that everyone else knows who you do and don't trust anymore.

        • Lexster

          And that's a problem, why? Explain it to me.

  • mechapathy

    It's live at that URL now.

    • Gastón Festari

      working for me too

    • skeeterfood

      Pretty limited so far. Text, images, and checkmark lists. Putting a URL into the text doesn't even turn into a link...

      • mechapathy

        Yeah, seems like they slipped up and let this go live on accident.

  • Jacob Beneski

    I went to the URL above, and it just worked. I took a screenshot. http://imgur.com/MrFTVvx Seems pretty bland to me. it doesn't sync with your drive, but does sync across devices. Apparently it is rolled out.

  • Pierre Paul Lefebvre

    It's also working for me now

    • Pierre Paul Lefebvre

      Note, it has a responsive interface.

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

      How did you get this website into Keep? Is it really good at copy/paste or did you find a button somewhere?

      • Pierre Paul Lefebvre

        Easier than that, screenshot.

  • Lou G

    So this is just google's evernote or one note? meh.

  • http://cleber.net.br Cleber

    I can access Google Keep! Here some screenshots (in brazilian portuguese): https://plus.google.com/photos/111907073743433851525/albums/5856502644370753921?authkey=COL8pr7ziJL-8wE

  • selonmoi

    Really impressive sleuthing! Keep up the great work.

  • Lexster

    I'm afraid that after what's happened with Reader, I'm doing everything I can to not put all my faith in Google anymore. I'll stick with Evernote, which has a monetary aspect and therefore has less chance of going away on a whim. You've wounded me, Google. My trust is not easily regained.

  • http://goodevilgenius.org/ Dan Jones

    I guess Google is now killing products before launch now.

    Nice of them not to wait until after a bunch of people use, and depend on it.

  • Jim

    So, after they pull a Wal-mart and put Evernote and Pocket out of business by offering a cheaper (free) product then they will "retire" the product and leave you loyal users hanging

  • http://twitter.com/ZozoApps Zozo Apps

    now Google announced the new Google API for their Drive service.