Google has released a major update to its Keep note-taking app on Android. Google Keep was revealed in March this year and was a bare bones to-do list app for a quick note taking, jotting down tasks and organizing them in different color codes for easy usage. The new 2.0.35 version brings time and location based reminders powered by Google Now.
Erin Rosenthal, Product Manager at Google noted in a blog post:
Google Keep can remind you of important tasks and errands at just the right time and place. For example, Keep works with Google Now to remind you of your grocery list when you walk into your favorite grocery store, and nudges you on Thursday night to take out the trash.
“Remind Me” option allows users to add time and location based reminders, and it is powered by Google Now which presents information in a concise, card-style manner. Adding a location based reminder is very easy. As soon as you start typing Google Keep suggests the places nearby. The location tag also alerts you to your note when you are near the destination. You can always snooze these reminders for another place and time.
The app also brings a familiar three-dot menu button on the left as a part of the new interface. Users can review all the upcoming reminders and can modify them as per need. Users with multiple accounts can switch easily between them making it easier to maintain the balance between personal and professional life. Adding photos to your note has also been made easier. Add picture option will allow you to take a new picture or choose an existing one from the gallery.
A bit of the con is that the location based reminders require the GPS location services to be activated at all times. This won’t be good news for most Smartphone users with poor batteries because GPS drains the battery like crazy. The updated Keep is also available as a standalone app via Chrome apps and any web browser from the address http://drive.google.com. You can hit the Google Play Store to download Keep on your Android device right now! Be patient because the update is being rolled out gradually so it might take some time to reach your region and device.