Google has updated its note-taking app Google Keep that automatically organizes notes by topic.
Although Google has not revealed how the new feature works, it is likely that Keep takes hints from words being used and organizes notes in categories such as food, travel, music and more.
For instance, a note containing the words "pasta recipe" will make the app automatically associate the entry with food. The new feature of the app will be very useful for people who do not organize their to-do list.
Google has also improved the search feature of Keep by using automatically-generated topics, while allowing users to search for notes even without typing. Tapping on the search bar will show white tiles with blue icons indicating topics such as Places, Travel, Food and Movies, under which notes are categorized. Each category includes active as well as archived notes, which can be very helpful if a user wants to check out old notes.
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On June 28, Evernote — another app for organizing notes — announced a cut-down of some features in the free Basic tier such as the restriction of uploads to 60 MB. The company has also increased the price for the Plus and Premium subscription levels. Evernote Plus now costs $34.99 a year (from $24.99) and Evernote Premium is now at $69.99 ($49.99).
Although Evernote has also introduced new features to the Basic tier, the update to Keep will be significant for customers who want a note-taking app that is free. This could be a good time for Google to attract more customers who are looking at a free note-keeping app.
Apart from the new features introduced in the app, existing Google Keep features also allow users to share their ideas with others. Google Keep users can also add colors and labels to organize their notes.
The latest update to Google Keep will be rolled out gradually to customers, which means that some Keep users may have to wait longer than others to receive the latest update on their devices.
Google Keep is available as a free download for iOS, Android and the web. The Android version of the note-taking app is compatible with Android devices running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or above.
The iOS version of Google Keep weighs 49.7 MB and it is compatible with iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch units running on iOS 8 or later. The app is available in a number of languages including English, Russian, Norwegian, Greek, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese and more.