The app, called Keep, is available for Android devices running versions 4.0 and above. According to Google, Web users will soon be able to access the app online. On mobile devices, a widget makes the app available even from the lock screen.
“Every day we all see, hear or think of things we need to remember. Usually we grab a pad of sticky-notes, scribble a reminder and put it on the desk, the fridge or the relevant page of a magazine. Unfortunately, if you’re like me you probably often discover that the desk, fridge or magazine wasn’t such a clever place to leave the note after all…it’s rarely where you need it when you need it,” software engineer Katherine Kuan on Google’s blog.
The app allows users to create, edit and color-code notes and checklists. They can also save photos. The service also transcribes voice notes and allows users to easily turn notes into checklists — a functionality that may lure iOS users away from the separate apps Notes and Reminders if and when Google launches Keep for iOS.
Google released a video introducing the app.