Google Keep vs Simplenote

Last updated: July 25, 2022

Google Keep
Cloud-based note taking service designed to help people keep track of their thoughts, scribbles and notes. With Keep you can quickly jot ideas down when you think of them and even include checklists and photos to keep track of what’s important to you. Your notes are safely stored in Google Drive and synced to all your devices so you can always have them at hand. Available on Android
The simplest way to keep notes. Light, clean, and free. Simplenote is now available for iOS, Android, Mac, and the web. Your notes stay updated across all your devices. No buttons to press. Find notes quickly with instant searching and simple tags. Share a list, post some instructions, or publish your thoughts.
Google Keep vs Simplenote in our news:

2022. Google is adding new Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and Keep optimizations for tablets

Google introduced Android 12L earlier this year to make tablets easier to use, and at I/O, the company announced plans to update more than 20 Google apps on tablets to optimize them for larger screens. Today, Google said it’s adding several new features for Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and Keep to get started on this promise. The most notable feature announced today is the ability to drag text or images between two Workspace apps when you have them open side-by-side. Google notes that you can now drag text or images from apps, such as Chrome or Sheets, and drop that content right into an existing document or spreadsheet cell. In Google Drive, you’ll be able to quickly upload files by dragging and dropping them into the app. You can also add links to Drive files by dragging the file into an open app like Keep.

2017. Google Keep joins G Suite, gets integration with Docs

Google Keep, a competitor to note-taking apps like Evernote and Microsoft’s OneNote, is now integrated into Google’s suite of applications aimed at businesses, G Suite. Besides, Google Keep is also now being integrated with Google Docs. That means you’ll be able to drag and drop notes from Keep into your work documents. This feature is available via the web only, and requires you first have Docs loaded and open in your browser. Then, you’ll access the Keep notepad from the Tools menu, which places your Keep notes into a sidebar within the Docs user interface. From there, you’ll be able to grab the notes, including images and checklists, and pull them right into your document. In addition, you’re able to search your Keep notes from Google Docs, as well as add a new note to Keep while you’re working in Docs.

2016. Simplenote app is now Open-Source

Automattic, who also make WordPress, has open-sourced Simplenote - all of its nifty note-taking service’s desktop and mobile apps. Source code for the Simplenote iOS, Android, and macOS apps can be found on the Automattic GitHub page, where it joins the (previously open-sourced) Simplenote Linux & Windows 10 app. Automattic hopes that the open-sourcing will foster “…a great community of contributors from around the world to help make the apps even better.” One thing to note here is that only the applications are being open-sourced. The server-side code that syncs and powers many of the features is not.

2016. Google Keep gets support for #labels (hashtags)

Note-taking app Google Keep intriduced a new way to organize and categorize notes, and now it’s as easy as using a #hashtag. This should help you keep track of to-do lists for a #trip or a collect your favorite #recipes, for example. Besides, the app now provides a Chrome extension that allows to add webpages to the notebook quickly. Just click the Keep badge to add a site’s link to a note, or select some text or an image and create a new note from the right-click menu.

2013. Google Keep adds location-based reminders

If you manage a business or company department, then probably you have a lot of stuff to remember and use some reminder-app. For example, Google Calendar that sends you emails or sms, reminding that today is someone's birthday, or that you need to call a customer or pay for advertising. And if you use the online note-keeping app Google Keep, than you can use another type of reminder - "location-reminder" that pop ups on your phone when you come to a certain place. For example, you can set reminder not to forget to send an email when you get to your office, or buy the printer paper when you come to store, or to visit customer, when you come to London, etc. By the way, the classic (time-based) reminder is also now available in Google Keep.

2013. Google trolls users. Launches online notebook Google Keep

Google has launched a new service - Google Keep. It's an online notebook, where you can add notes (text, pictures, lists). It works in browser and on Android. It doesn't provide any way to organize the notes (no folders, tags), you can't insert links in note and share notes. But it can transcript speech to text on the fly (on different languages). In general, it's the alternative to Evernote with its advantages and disadvantages. But, of course, in light of the recent events, it's interesting to know, why this service appeared. As you know, Google provided the similar service in the past - Google Notebook. It was even better than Evernote and only missed mobile app. It had many users. But then it was closed.

2013. Automattic acquired note-taking service Simplenote

Popular Mac and iOS note-taking app Simplenote has a new owner. Simperium, the company behind it, is now a part of Automattic, the creator of WordPress. Automattic plans to put more resources behind Simplenote development including improvements to Simperium, the data-syncing service it utilizes. Automattic was able to secure the domain and has set up a new blog there -- utilizing WordPress, of course -- to keep users updated on exactly what to expect from forthcoming releases.