Artificial intelligence is transforming Google’s yellow sticky note app, Google Keep into an indispensable peripheral to your own mind.
By Mike Elgan
Google Keep is probably the best Google service that most people don’t use.
Services like Keep, Evernote and Microsoft OneNote are often called “note-taking apps.” But it’s an obsolete label. They’ve grown beyond their roots, now offering collaborative workflow, reminders, checklists, geofencing, optical character recognition, voice transcription, sketching and more.
A few years ago, I would have recommended Evernote. But over the summer, Evernote took a wrong turn. The company changed its pricing structure in a way that practically forces users to pay or quit. Specifically, Evernote added limitations to the free version, called Evernote Basic. It’s now accessible via a maximum of two devices per year — a total deal-killer, as far as I’m concerned. They limit uploads to 60 megabytes per month, which is absurdly low. And they raised prices on premium tiers. The paid versions of Evernote now cost $34.99, $69.99 and $120 per year.
Microsoft OneNote is a great choice for people invested in the Microsoft world — Windows users who subscribe to Microsoft Office 365 or who carry a Windows Phone.
Apple Notes is rudimentary, but ideal for people who use a lot of Apple products but not many Google products and heavy Siri users who feel comfortable in the warm embrace of iCloud.
For most people, however, I recommend Google Keep, especially for anyone who uses the many products Keep integrates with. These include Chrome, Calendar, Gmail, Photos, Drive, Docs, Google Now, Google Assistant and Google Home. The integration of Keep with these other apps is powerful stuff. Read more…