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Update: If you want to flash this new version of Keep, you'll need the latest GMS (Google Play Services) package, released yesterday, as well - you can get it here.

Just one day after Google's expanded introduction of Android Wear at I/O, one of the apps demonstrated in the keynote is being updated to support it. Most of us can't get our hands on the LG G Watch or the Samsung Gear Live until July, but for those who actually attended I/O, and who have one or the other as some awesome swag, the latest update to Google's Keep notation and reminder app will be a welcome one.

What's New


The Play Store page hasn't been updated yet, but Keep tends to let users know what's new in a one-time alert when they open the app. The only item in the alert for version 2.3 is Wear compatibility. If you happen to have a Wear device, Keep alerts should appear on it automatically.

Looking at the changed code, we can see the specific additions required for Wear functionality in the AndroidManifest.xml file.

<service android:name=".notification.WearableNotificationOpenService"/>

<service android:name=".notification.WearableArchiveService"/>

        <service android:name=".microapp.WearableService">


                <action android:name="com.google.android.gms.wearable.BIND_LISTENER"/>



        <service android:name=".microapp.WearableAccountChangedService"/>

        <receiver android:name=".microapp.DataChangedReceiver">


                <action android:name="com.google.android.keep.intent.action.PROVIDER_CHANGED"/>



        <meta-data android:name="com.google.android.wearable.beta.app" android:resource="@xml/micro_app_desc"/>

        <activity android:name=".activities.RecentRemindersActivity" android:parentActivityName=".activities.BrowseActivity" android:theme="@style/KeepAppTheme">

            <meta-data android:name="android.support.PARENT_ACTIVITY" android:value=".activities.BrowseActivity"/>


There's also a single string dedicated to audio playback, but since it's all by its lonesome, it may be groundwork for a future update.

    <string name="ga_action_playback_audio">Play Back Audio</string>


The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.

File name: com.google.android.keep-2.3.02.apk

Version: 2.3.02

MD5: 3B93F599192AA3C3B78CF047A61D03A3

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Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Adam B.

    I love the fact that they put a changelog in the app ! I hope they will keep this going !

    • ddpacino

      You mean extend the idea to their other apps? Yes, that would be lovely.

      • WORPspeed

        maps used to do it sometimes

    • Dennis Ulijn

      No, keep the change log consistent and keep it in Google play. If I'm bothered with finding out what's new I'll look it up. I want android to become user friendly instead of bombarding everyone with every little change every week. Mentioning New functions in a 'did you know' might be a good idea for teaching new functions to inexperienced users.

  • Nate

    I really wish they'd add Android Beam support; or better yet, allow me to click a URL in the Keep Chrome app.

    • matej1990

      Clickable URLs in Keep Chrome app are already done. I'm using them for at least 1 week.

      • Nate

        How and where?

        • matej1990

          I just made this picture in my Keep Chrome app. URLs are colored blue and clickable.
          If you can't do this, try to reinstall Keep app in Chrome.

    • Simon Belmont

      Yeah. Or better yet, let Android Beam use Wi-Fi Direct instead of Bluetooth.

      File transfer over BT is pretty slow. Wi-Fi Direct would be great, but in the mean time I use Super Beam.

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

    I get this after updating

  • sdcoiner76

    Waiting for the addition of list collaboration. Would use this so much more if it had this.

    • Leif Sikorski

      Some of the Springpad team got hired by Google after their shutdown. I really hope that they bring some of the Springpad features to Google Keep.

  • MarkG54321

    Can you print from it yet? Massive oversight, and causes me no end of headaches.

  • Paparazzi

    Would love to have an option to put notes into folders and then secure specific folders.

  • Giampaolo

    So, probably the reason yesterday during the keynote it didn't work was that they didn't update the application :-D

  • James Pherris

    That's interesting considering Keep [input] has yet to come to Glass, something IMO is long overdue. Evernote works well and I suspect an AW version is deep in the works.

  • http://anaershadowynomaly.deviantart.com Farran Lee

    Another new feature in this version is expanded lists in notifications: when you expand the Keep notification, instead of just showing action buttons and leaving the list delimited by semi-colons, it actually displays the list entries vertically:

  • Peter

    Where did this version of Keep come from? Doesn't look like the Play Store has it yet...