Google Keep update will let you draw and doodle within your notes


For some years now, Samsung's Galaxy Note series devices have been the only smartphones to allow users to take handwritten notes out of the box. No, bundling a passive stylus with a midrange phone doesn't count, as the precision and response time is usually way off. Sure, it's a niche service, but for those who love to scribble notes, or even draw concept sketches on their smartphone – there wasn't much choice but Samsung's phablet.

Of course, various 3rd party styluses and accompanying apps have also been popping up for both Android and iOS, offering similar functionality, some apps even packing palm rejection features. Cool, indeed, but until 2015 neither Apple nor Google were offering a stock solution for handwritten note taking.

Well, this changes this year. With iOS 9, Apple updated the Notes app, adding some pretty useful features, such as checklist creation, copy / paste shortcuts, picture import, and handwriting. Thankfully, it Google's Keep isn't far behind! An update that is currently rolling out will allow users to doodle and scribble on Keep notes as they would on, say, S Note Action Memos.

This is a very welcome update for Samsung Note users who wish to consolidate all their notes in Google Keep, or other Android users who would love to scribble over their notes every once in a while – there are just certain things that you can't outline with print text, right?

If the new Keep hasn't hit your device yet – hang tight, the rollout is probably slowly engulfing the world. Alternatively, you could sideload the new .apks from the links below.

Download from APK Mirror:
Keep (arm64) | Keep

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4 Comments

1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Nice! My wish list feature ever since the launch of Google Keep and having a Note 2.

2. AlikMalix unregistered

joey, there are hundreds of apps you could have used before that do the samething...

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Yes, I did. I bought three apps for my Samsung Note series. ScribMaster, a vector app drawing app,https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=thoster.net.notesharepremium And Autodesk, Sketchbook Mobile for my Note 3,https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sketchbook Sketchbook pro for my Note Pro 12.2https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.adsk.sketchbookhd

4. AlikMalix unregistered

Autodesk and sketchbook are awesome apps, but they're not really the note apps I was talking about. I was talking about quick get-in-and-out quickly apps with cloud support. I'm excited about the features added to iOS default notes app, but the lack ability to draw directly on images and typed text was disappointing. So I'll be giving this Google Keep a try.

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