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Google Keep note-taking app updated with support for Spotlight and 3D Touch

In addition to its updates to Docs, Sheets, and Slides that added support for real-time commenting to those office productivity apps, Google has released a notable update to the official iOS app of Keep.

What’s Keep?

Launched on the Web in March 2013 and released on iOS just last September, Keep is Google’s answer to the popular personal note-taking service Evernote.

Serving as a note-taking hub, Keep allows you to capture, edit, share, and collaborate on notes. Aside from text-based notes, the app lets you create and manage lists, photos, and voice memos.

Google Keep notes

It also offers a reminder function that you can set to remind you about your notes when you arrive at a specific place. For example, you can have Keep alert you to open your grocery list the next time you’re at the supermarket.

And to make it easy for you to find the notes you want, Keep lets you organize and search your notes using different labels and colors.

Google Keep lists

What’s new in Keep?

Since its release four months ago, Google Keep for iOS has received three updates.

The first one arrived in early November, with the ability to copy Keep notes to Google Docs, quick access to Keep from the Today view in the Notification Center, and sharing of Keep notes through the app’s iOS share extension.

The second update came in late November and brought the ability to open links in Keep notes in other installed Google apps, along with miscellaneous performance improvements.

And now, the third update to Keep is here with a couple of new features.

Google Keep Spotlight

One of them is support for Spotlight search in iOS 9. Now, you can quickly and easily find the Keep notes you need by searching for them right from the home screen of your iOS device.

The other new feature is support for 3D Touch on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. This lets you press on the Keep app icon on the home screen to access shortcuts to create a new note, a new list, a new photo note, or a new audio note. As well, this lets you Peek and Pop within the app to preview a note’s content before choosing to view it in full.

Google Keep 3D Touch

Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad running iOS 8.0 or later, the new version of Google Keep is available now on the App Store for free.

See also: Google updates Inbox by Gmail with improvements to trips and attachments, Apple was paid $1 billion in 2014 for making Google the default search engine on iOS, and Google’s updated Chrome browser reduces crashes by up to 70 percent.

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