Note-taking is something I try to avoid as much as possible. When I do feel the urge, I like my apps to be simple and to the point. I’ve been using ColorNote for over a year for lists and in general for whatever may fall into my brain. Perhaps I’m losing my mind, but I’m having a lot more moments where I gain and lose great ideas quickly, so it helps to have something on-hand to capture those. Other mobile OSes have had note-taking apps for a while, even Evernote’s been a viable alternative, but Android’s been out in the dark. Until now.
Tied to Google Drive, Keep is a simple app (with some handy widgets) that works for Android 4.0 and higher. You can record a quick note and Keep transcribes it quickly. You can add pictures, rearrange notes, color-code them, all the fancy little things that your short-term memory needs to get things done. Since it’s tied into Google’s Drive services, those notes are then available through all the same applications that your other Google documents are. If Keep winds up on more platforms, it may even serve as a perfect collaboration tool in the same way that we at FEZ used Wave for.