Google may be developing its own Evernote-like
note-taking service as part of its Google Drive
-based suite of apps. Google Keep apparently went live for a short period on Google Drive itself before being pulled, and seemed to allow users to make color-coded notes, create checklists, and also add pictures to existing notes.
The service has appeared in some screenshots published on Google+
dating as far back as July 2012, according to Android Police
, and appeared to go live
within Drive for a few hours before engineers noticed the mistake. Functioning similarly to Google Notebook, Keep includes options to archive notes, sending them to the bottom of a note list, along with a thumbnail view and list view, though the latter did not display stored images correctly.
It also appears that Google will be releasing a full app for the service, a departure from the usual all-in-one app Google currently uses for Drive. A shortened URL
from Google links to a non-existent product on Google Play, which could mean the company believes that a dedicated note-taking app is the best way forward.