Keep may not be the simplest form of digital note-taking, but it's pretty close. Today Google has announced a few additions that make the service quicker to access.

To save a website you're browsing to Keep, simply open the share menu in your browser and select the app. Keep will create a new note with the site name and a link.

To provide a similar experience on your desktop, there's now an official Chrome extension. It's not quite as feature-rich as the one Evernote has offered for half a decade, but the concept is similar. You tap the button on your toolbar to save a link in a new note. Easy and basic.

You can make notes easier to organize or search for by adding labels using hashtags. Examples could include #apkplz, #nexus, and #holoyolo for all those links you save from Android Police. Though that last one won't see much action these days. If only #materiolo would catch on.

Other changes include a new position for menus, which now group similar options together. This spreads items out from the action bar and the crowded overflow menu.

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Left: Old, Right: New

Now it's just a matter of waiting for the APK to roll out to devices.

APK Download

Oh look what we have here.

Download

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

Version: 3.3.157.0 (33157030)

MD5: d9b4b6892a7f12cd243eb0d02f57d937