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Google announced a big update to Google Keep today, adding a much-needed feature to the nascent note app: time and location-based reminders, powered by Google Now. Nice! You can now select, at the bottom of a note while creating or editing it, to be reminded of that note at a certain time or place. I can already say this is going to get me using Keep a lot more. The reminders can be snoozed or adjusted in the notification bar when they appear, too, which is pretty awesome.

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The new update also adds a slideout navigation bar (yay consistency), and the ability to add photos from your gallery instead of just being limited to snapping one with the camera. All in all, a few great new features have made their way into what has quickly become one of my favorite Google services.

The update is in a staged rollout, and we'll upload the APK when and if we get it. For more on the update, check out the official Google Drive Blog post.

Update: Grab the Keep APK v2.0.35 from our mirror (ICS+, 2,577,406 bytes).

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Razormike

    This app has suddenly became much more useful! I was wondering when this was going to be implemented.

  • anonymous

    What about a "share"-feature? I really miss that ;_;

  • Bradley Albert Nemitz

    Any chance these reminders will integrate with Google Now?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      What do you mean "integrate"?

      • basteagow

        As in time-/location-based reminders you've set in Google Now showing up in Keep and vice versa.

      • Bradley Albert Nemitz

        Google Now already has it's own location / time-based reminders. It'd make sense for them to be shared between the two so I can open Google Now and say "remind me to buy milk when I leave work" and have it show up in Keep and vice versa.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          I don't believe it works that way. Eventually I'd guess they want to work it out like that in some circumstances (maybe a query: do you want this reminder to be stored in Google Keep?) but I also see plenty of reasons why Google Now reminders should not go in Keep. Now reminders are often for things like "take my medication when I get home" or "pick up Dan at the airport at 5" - not stuff you take notes for or really need a written record of. Just things you need to remember once and never again.

          I'm sure they're thinking about it, though I would personally not like such integration to be automatic. As far as Keep to Now, that makes more sense if a reminder is coming up soon / you're near the reminder location.

          • skitchbeatz

            I guess it just depends on how each person uses it. Personally, I'd prefer reminders to show up there as Google Now seems to not be the best place for managing things.

          • jesuguru

            True... but Keep already has a checklist function, the idea being you check things off (once, and never again). This would just be bridging the two ideas more efficiently. You're right though, it should be optional.

          • ESPN

            Apparently it does this already. Per the above comment by Floris:

            "It does that right now, you can check it by setting something onhttp://drive.google.com/keep and visiting the (settings -> my stuff -> reminders) menu in Google Now."

            I have tested this and it works. It currently does not work in reverse.

            Now i will presumably get 2 notifications...one from Now and one from Keep....wonderful.

          • codemonkey85

            Pretty sure you only get 1 reminder, either from Keep if it's installed, or Now if not.

    • Floris

      It does that right now, you can check it by setting something on http://drive.google.com/keep and visiting the (settings-my stuff-reminders) menu in Google Now.

      • Bradley Albert Nemitz

        Well that's sweet. I do wish it'd go the other way too, though. (Set a reminders in Now and be able to see them all at a glance in Keep).

        • Floris

          It'll probably be integrated that way as well.

        • Mark

          that way round makes no sense,

  • niknetniko

    Bye bye, Google Tasks...

    • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

      Yep, a few months ago I switch to a combination of Keep and Google Now reminders to take the place of tasks. Reminders for quick things that are time/location dependent and Keep for backlog things I need to do, shopping lists, cool ideas, etc.

      I like it much more than the old tasks.

      • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

        I definitely don't like the web-based Tasks (hideous, hideous) but the GTasks app is beautiful, functional, it's just absolutely perfect! I just wish Google doesn't kill Tasks off =(

        • rykellim

          .... until you accidentally delete whole chunks of tasks and find that you cannot recover them, unlike the desktop version! This is why I am looking for a better task app. Actually, it neeed not be better, just allow us to undelete from the app itself while on the move!

          • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

            I never had this problem; yes, I've accidentally checked out tasks, but they remain "existing" at the bottom of the list until deleted. I realized the mistake and unchecked them - deleting them requires much more effort, so that was an accident I've never had.

          • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

            Btw, keep in mind that I'm talking about an app called GTasks, an unofficial one. I don't know about the official one (if there's one).

  • Andrew

    YAY! Maybe now I'll start using it.

  • RitishOemraw

    Is it weird that when Is aw the news for this posted on G+ by the official android page with the link to the blog containing all the info, I ignored it all and immediately went to AP to read what you guys wrote about it?

    I find your articles easier to read, more interesting and overall better than the official blog in most cases that I now skip the blog altogether and just rely on you guys.....O_o

  • Stephen

    Anyone else notice the Play link at the bottom of Google's blog post links to internal google?


    • Razormike

      Nice find!

    • Danny Holyoake

      I like how it makes you type in your One True Pairing in order to log in. Genius identity-check.

    • br_hermon

      Someone needs to do a teardown of that URL :)

    • Mobile Phones Fan

      Appears to be fixed, now. They must have Googlers checking AP, 24/7. ;-)

      • Sam Fisher

        some of us, like to read some android news as well ;)

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

      Mona STILL looks like that? Yikes.

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

    Nice update. Now all I want from Keep is sharing sync'ed lists with others. For example, shopping list with my wife. She adds something new, it auto-syncs to me. I cross it off, it auto-syncs to her. Then I could die happy.

    • Thomas’

      You could use a common Google account for stuff. Not the nicest solution, but it should work. Especially since changing between accounts looks easier now (according to the screenshots).

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

        No, thanks, I want a proper solution.

        • http://www.linuxdistroreview.com/ Bo

          Looks like someone is hiding something from their wife :D

          • Ricky Blanco

            Quite the opposite. It sounds like he want to "share" more with his wife

      • J_Pod

        That's what we do. Made a common account just for a syncing shopping list. Not the best solution but it is one until Google figures something out.

    • el_smurfo

      I use OurGroceries for list syncing. It's pretty simple and has a web portal as well.

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

        I want to use Keep though. I already use it, and it's perfect for this kind of thing. I don't want more apps.

        • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

          "don't want more apps"

        • PhilNelwyn

          "it's perfect"

      • p3ngwin

        i use "out of milk" for the same reason and features, syncing, web portal etc.

        works great.

        i use Wunderlist on app and web portal for many lists, but for shopping i can't beat out of milk.

    • Niclas

      And then again your wife could cross "Artem's wish to die happy" and it would sync to your phone so that you can say you completed your list on earth.

    • thermo

      You can use the Couple app for that.

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

        I want to use Keep though.

        • http://www.nerdshowandtell.com nerdshowandtell.com


    • basteagow

      I do this with a Google Drive spreadsheet.

      • therealbiglou

        Yes, but that's not a proper solution either.

    • Mayoo

      This + labels/folders

    • Kevin Matthew

      Evernote and Wunderlist are also rolling out updates today... coincidence?

      • B Jordan

        hmmm, and Todoist (yesterday)

    • JonJJon

      I want this too, ala the way real time collaboration is done in Docs, be hard to implement surely, it's all Drive is it not?

    • cyleo

      Would be a nice addition. I would like some integration with Gmail. Let it take over the role of tasks, or better yet, merge them. Pretty please Google, the situation right now is a mess.

      • asianrage

        Or have an option in Gmail to turn a message into a Keep list (e.g. press and hold a message/menu option). My wife does that all the time. Yes, I can copy and paste, but it'd be better to have a deep integration between Google services.

    • mikeym0p

      I agree, I do it with out of milk already but it invovles having my family members install an app they barely use. Having it on Keep would be great.

    • Kylecore

      It may not be an option In Google keep but you can already do this with Google docs

    • asianrage

      This would be so awesome.

    • Tim Morley

      That's exactly the feature I want too!

    • Simon Belmont

      You read my mind. That was the exact usage scenario I was thinking of.

      That would be absolutely fantastic. Let's hope Google implements it eventually.

    • Ancan

      Yes, collaboration would have been preferred over all of these new features . They already have this in docs. Can't be that hard to implement in Keep.

    • Sergio

      Does it allow to undelete? That's a must to me...

      • rykellim

        I need to know about this too because Google Tasks does not have this functionality and hence I dropped it, hopefully in favor of Google Keep!

        • Regie

          Yes It does have "tash" and you can restore. Mine stores them for 7 days.

    • Paul Knight

      Is it possible to email a to-do, with reminder, to Keep? Alternatively, is there a way to do the same thing with Google Now? I'm not always able to have my devices with me at work, so it would be nice to be able to send a quick email reminder to Keep or Now. Thank you.

  • Metallinatus

    And that's why they carved Keep into Android 4.3, they are making an integration with Google Now which I believe is only possible with a system app....

    • Sam Tate

      Nah, it'll integrate over the cloud, so a user app can still do that in 4.1/4.2.

      It's a system app purely to get more people to use it.

      • Metallinatus

        I didn't think about the fact that the app can still be used on other versions....
        Stupid me .-.

  • Danny Holyoake

    Someone get Ron to do the APK Te-.. oh.... oh no :(

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

      Still going strong on G+, there's nothing hidden.

      • CoreRooted

        You ditched us. We don't forgive you (but still have you in a circle on G+... used to be an AP circle, but alas...)


    • Fatty Bunter

      Ron left AP?

      • akshay7394

        Yup, he's joining up with Ars Technica.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft


  • Sebastian Lundgren

    Apk Please!

    • Stefan

      I keep seeing the APK for these apps being published, but if I'm not mistaken the posts/comments don't mention if installing those will break the Play Store updates for the app. I've looked through some recent posts and didn't find anything about this.

      Could anyone who had sideloaded apk's shine a light on that? (And possible AndroidPolice could mention it when they publish APK's, since this might be a common question?)

      Sorry for those heavily involved in AP, you've probably seen this question more than you want.

      • David

        It does not break Play Store updates. Assuming there are no bugs, you won't get this update since the APK version matches the rollout. Any subsequent updates come through normally, though, since the version number is higher.

        • Stefan

          Perfect, thank you very much.

      • Matthew Fry

        Only one time has it gone south because the apk was device specific (just the art) but AP was quick to update the post about the problem.

  • acey_zero

    But still no way to sync my grocery list with my wife it looks like?

    • basteagow

      I do this with Google Drive spreadsheets.

  • Matthew Fry

    And yet.... still not part of the Google Drive web interface. Still have to type that bugger in manually.

  • Mordy Festinger

    Download ??

  • namaste

    Hate it when I eagerly download an app, only to find out it is still the older version. Dammit.

  • miri

    Now it just needs purple. That this app doesn't have purple is insanity.

  • Carlos Rodríguez

    I'd like to have some password protected notes. I want that to store banking info.

    I know, I can set a password for the phone, but, that kind of info is rarely used and I hate to set a pin or a pattern for everytime I unlock my phone.


    • CoreRooted

      Seriously... you are storing banking info in a notepad type app on your phone? This is the reason why security fails. It's like writing down your passwords. Stop that.

      • Carlos Rodríguez

        That's why I'm asking to password protect the app. I'm not doing it right now, but I'd like to if Keep offers to encrypt the info.

        • CoreRooted

          TBH, I *never* keep anything that sensitive on my device. Even though I have it strong password protected and encrypted, there is too much risk [to me] keeping that kind of data on a device that one could lose or have stolen easily. But, I see what you mean.

  • nawa

    Damn, I expected hashtags :(

    • tim

      Keep has built-in Google search, hashtags are totally unnecessary.

      • tim

        What's more this search is REAL TIME search!

      • nawa

        Twitter has search too, but hashtags are there. No?

    • CoreRooted

      hashtags for what? Seems really redundant. Twitter uses hashtags for crowdsourced data in trends. What would Keep do with hashtags?

      • Guest

        To manage different notes about the same. My use case: I conduct three translation projects on Crowdin and write down to Keep everything that needs to be fixed. I cound mark them all with one tag – crowdin – and simplify management a little. And I'm sure there are a lot more cases.

        • CoreRooted

          Given that there is a full text search for Keep, all you would have to do is just put the word in the note somewhere. Then, when you search on it, all notes with that word in it would come up. It's not that the hashtags aren't there, per se... They just don't need "#".

  • br_hermon

    I don't know... these features are nice and all but I'm still not convinced. This seems like such a beta product. I don't really want to invest in it until it's absorbed by Google Drive. I mean we all know it's a sub feature of Drive, Google just needs to pull the trigger already. Until then, I'm not going to have notes, pictures and reminders spread out among services, thanks.

  • http://www.westagemusic.com/ Marc

    I need Folders!

  • nerds

    reminders are great but... wtf that is built into Google Now!! Come on Google! They unify some apps, then add the same functionality to 2 different apps. Also, the same stupid rules apply to both Now's and Keep's reminder function. You can set a time or a place, not both!! If you want to be reminded at 5pm at home, you can't do it. One or the other!!

    • derp

      Then just set it for 5pm. Otherwise what happens if you're not home at 5pm? Should it notify you so you don't miss whatever you had planned or not notify you and leave you wondering why the hell you didn't get the notification?

      • nerds

        I see your point.

        What if I wanted to be reminded of something in the afternoon while at work...say the need to purchase airline tickets for arguments sake. I only want the notification if I am at work and it is the afternoon. If I set it to be notified in the afternoon only, maybe I'm at a client or off site meeting or lunch. I might be inclined to ignore it and not remember it when I am back at the office..... far fetched maybe but the added functionality would be appreciated.

        • nerds

          if only this was the derp of Ingress fame....

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

          While I see what you're saying, I think that doing both over-complicates things and could lead to problems.

          Like derp said, if you need something to notify you at 5pm while you're at home, then just setting it for 5pm would work because, one would assume, you'd be home then. But let's say you're not...what does the app do then? If you're not home, does it just not remind you at all? That would suck. What good is a reminder if it never reminds you? Should it wait a while and then remind you again when it does detect that you're home? How would that be any different from just reminding you whenever you get home? If it's important that it remind you based on where you are instead of what time it is, then you can just set a location reminder. While it feels like you don't have much control over it, you really do. Either you need to be reminded of something at a certain time or a certain location. Whichever one is more important is the one you set it as and, if situations interfere with the other one lining up, you still get your reminder.

          If it was required for both criteria to be met, I would imagine that either you'd get a lot fewer of your reminders, *or* you'd suddenly not get them when/where you expect to.

    • Phill_S

      They are not the same function. Now's reminder is when you want a quick word or short sentence, Keep's reminder is when you need to add a bunch more detail inc a picture or a checklist.

      That said I really think they should modify reminders in Now so that they are auto added to the Calendar. There is a lot of functional overlap between those two services and Now already tells you when your calendar appointment is upcoming, but the calendar wont tell you when your Note appointment is upcoming.

  • merman1983

    This sounds great. Only feature I want desperately is the ability to "pin" some notes to stay at the top. If so I'd just pin my ToDo list at the top which would make it so much more useful. As it is now I just use a txt file.

  • Dan

    i have the apk, should i send it to somebody?

  • madmaglio

    I love this app. This will be a great addition. One feature I'm hoping for is an Undo feature. I accidentally deleted half of a long list and there was no way to get it back.

  • Sarath Chandra Gullapalli

    Can the user create custom "geo-fences" for location-based reminders? That'll be awesome. Also, the ability to record audio without the need of an Internet connection.

  • nsnsmj

    Are the notes able to be sorted by most recently edited/updated yet?

  • wickets

    the one function they didnt address which most other task apps have is a highlight, right click, add to feature,,,,you would think that in conjunction with chrome that would be a no brainer fix

  • Mike

    Still no passcode lock for the app or individual notes..... That's all I want

    • CoreRooted

      None of the other gapps support this, so why would Keep? There are third party apps that will allow for individual locking of apps (although, to me, it's a waste of time if you have a properly secured device).

  • Phoenix

    Rare that I get to do this, but APK for the clinically impatient ;) At your own risk until AP review, yada yada. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0p3tgxr6c1jxvon/CGcsWzkOWw/com.google.android.keep-v2.0.35.apk

    • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

      I was brave and impatient and can verify it's legit

    • Dr. Fragle & MrShark

      if it's not "original", installer will say that it has a different sign from the owned one, so...

      • Thomas Gladdines

        Not really needed, a few weeks back there was a bug reported in android that made it possible to run other code in a apk without having to change the sign, this is patched in android 4.3 and detected by google app scanner(which is on all android devices with play store since a month ago)

        • Phoenix

          Exactly. I'm honestly a little unsure how exactly the scanner works, but feasibly I could have still put something nasty in the apk. (I didn't though, just pulled straight from my N4 and threw it up on dropbox)

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

    Still waiting for the new Google Keep update? Grab the APK v2.0.35 from the updated post.

  • Merri Mogridge

    Very nice! I love the time/date selection style. Is it present in any other Google apps? This is the first time I've seen it.

    • vivekkrish

      Yes it is! Pretty neat stuff, showed up first in the updated Google Calendar app.

  • Hannes

    Now, if keep could please sync with Google tasks, where all my notes and tasks are right now, that would be great.

  • xnadax

    Ugh. Keep tells me that I'm 2.4 miles from my chosen location. I don't know miles, and I find no way to change this setting.

    • HebeGuess

      It's accroding to your system locale.

  • Bleakvision

    Is there a web interface? I don't like to switch back and forth from my Gmail and Calendar on the desktop to my phone for Keep.

  • Marius Oprisan

    I just want recurring alarms/notifications added. Got weekly and monthly tasks which I want to add to Keep. If those get added, I can ditch the other apps I'm using.

    • Phill_S

      Would they not be better placed in the calendar? Is it just because you need a large amount of info attached to the reminder that you dont want to store somewhere else?

  • miri

    Just noticed that when you reorder note cards and list items, the others will move around it WHILE you drag rather than after you release.

  • Steve Williamson

    is the options to have checkboxes displayed and ticked off new or simple me having not noticed this very important feature before :|

    • miri

      It's been there.

  • Mark

    Annoying functionality inconsistancies. In Google Now, I can set a reminder to tell based around when I get to work, and it knows where work is.

    If I try to set the exact same reminder in Google Keep, it's clueless and tries to set a reminder for when I am next in the town of Worksop.

    Ah well, it's better than nothing I suppose. But I with all the recent attention to UI details, it's a shame that same attention to detail isn't also applied under the bonnet.

    • codemonkey85

      I noticed this the other day, when I tried to set a reminder for home on the web interface. How is it that your Home and Work locations, which are a part of Now and Maps, wouldn't be a part of Keep? *sigh*

  • Rob

    Just added this one. Nice overall, but some odd behavior in the Location-based reminders when adding items to checklist. Typed characters occasionally stutter and repeat (on Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Sprint, running CM10.1.2-toroplus ROM.)

  • akshay7394

    Keep also just added swipe-to-archive! :D Swipe a note to the sides and it gets archived (with the standard 'undo' dialog popping up)

  • fjleon

    while the app itself is nice and pretty, colornote (free, no ads) has been able to remind you forever. Try the app, i am only a happy user

  • Andrew C

    I hope the next update
    - Does everything Tasks does (including linking to an email from GMail)
    - Recurring Tasks or Reminders
    - Some form of categorization to segregate notes

    With that, I can avoid depending on the mobile web version of Google Tasks and use a proper naive App

  • Fifth313ment

    Can anyone give me some help? I just downloaded Keep again (last time I removed it as it didn't have much functionality and it didn't work well) and it refuses to connect with Google Now, which is the whole point! When I do a "Note to Self" it takes the message and then says, "Save Note" but then turns into "No apps able to send note" and the option to save the note is greyed out? This makes the app useless!? My phone is a stock HTC EVO 4G LTE with latest software, etc. I really want it for quick note taking but not reminders, which is my only option as of now. It seems HTC phones refuse to integrate with Google services. This will be my last HTC phone! I also tried restarting my phone thinking maybe it had to update the associations (like on a PC) but no go, ARGGGGGG!!!!!!

    EDIT: Update, if I press the save note button quickly after it appears in the list it will disappear like it saves but it goes no where? I looked in reminders, Keep and the note is gone? This is what used to happen in the old version which is why I originally uninstalled it. I guess unless you guys have any hints I will delete it again.


  • Rehan Ahmed

    I hate Staged-rollouts, they are like app-racism!

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  • John Daniel

    I'm really liking the direction Keep is going. Just been trying the latest update and love the reminders. One thing holding me back from relying on it for my important task lists is that my to-do items get lost within all my other general notes. I've just realised that what would be really great is if you could mark a note as sticky so it always stays at the top as you add new notes. Also, they really need to sort out the colours as they are unusable in the app whereas on the website they work OK as they just add a bar rather than changing the entire note background.

  • falter

    Is there anyway to 'remove all ticked checkboxes'? also the other thing this app badly needs is an undo delete or recycle bin - currently if you press delete, they are gone for good

  • anjocerdena

    Is it just me or is this really the first time an italic Roboto Slab made an appearance?

  • TeacherMac

    My disappointment with Google Keep is the shortness of the voice notes!

    A pause of an instant is enough to end the recording/transcription/voice note and no way to add or easily link recordings of 6 seconds or less.

    I'm using a Nexus 4 with 4.3

  • lensgrabber

    Is there a way to change the notification sound? I'd like to have a different sound assigned to Keep so it doesn't get drowned out by every other app giving me a notification.

  • Jack Hammer

    Wait a minute. I know I am a little late here, but this is a rip off of iOS. And I thought Google was way ahead of Apple. Geo-fencing just coming to Android. Text messages combined with the messenger app. Again Google is playing catch up to iOS by copying it.

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  • Jay

    How does this still not have "Sort by last updated/created" or any other option you want to sort. I have notes that I constantly update and I'd like them to then move to the top of my note list automatically. Not update the note, then scroll down for 10 min's, find the note, then manually move it up everytime.

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