Google Keep, Google’s newest note taking app, is now live and ready to take your notes! Currently available on Android devices running version 4.0.3 and up, you will also be able to access the app through your Google Drive on desktop soon.

“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,” wrote Google in a blog announcing the new service. “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. To solve this problem we’ve created Google Keep.”

The app is simple and easy on the eyes

The app is simple and easy on the eyes

The list-making and note-keeping app, says Google, can be used to quickly jot your idea down as and when you think of them. You can take notes on Google Keep as well as add images and check lists to your to-do. You can even speak into your phone and have Google Keep transcribe it as a note.

All of your notes will be saved in your Google Drive, synced with all your devices so you can access it from wherever you are. Most interestingly, you can assign colour codes to your notes. You can choose colours in order to denote the task’s urgency, or simply bunch together similar tasks. Google Keep also has widgets available for homescreens for ease of access. Devices running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean also have a lock screen Google Keep widget available.

While you cannot access Google Keep from your Drive right away, the search giant says that you will be able to access it in the coming weeks. On the desktop, you can currently access your notes by logging on to http://drive.google.com/keep. You can add notes from your desktop, too, and have it synced with your other devices.

Syncs well with the desktop

Syncs well with the desktop

Evernote had better be warned, Google Keep could turn into tough competition very soon. Not only is Google Keep accessible and to the point, it has the advantage of being a Google app, which means the search giant will go all out to incorporate it into its other services too. Google might soon want to add in Google Keep to Gmail so that it can become easier to add notes quickly. Of course, this means Gmail’s inbuilt Tasks app is in a bit of a soup. It could be the next app to go in Google’s spring-cleaning drive, quite like Google Reader.

Google Keep was discovered earlier this week via a code in Google Drive. It was suspected that the service would be a revival of the older Google note taking app called Google Notebook.

You can download the app for your Android devices from the Google Play store.

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