Google Keep was released in 2013 – that’s almost ten years ago! In that time, the service has gone through a lot of improvements, but other than the note backgrounds, a re-create material, and new homescreen widgets for quick logging ideas (any recent developments, I might add), almost none of them focused on the user. Now it looks like the service is finally getting the ability to apply basic formatting options to selected text. You know, the same basic layout you expect from any service.
Discovered by 9to5Google in its latest APK Insights post, several code strings related to bold, italics, and underline were discovered in version 5.2.182.00 of the Google Keep Android app. The icons you see below are buried in the app’s code and show exactly what these options will look like while you’re editing a note.
In addition to the three above, you can also “clear” the formatting you’ve applied to text and show or hide the formatting options by tapping the underlined “A” icon. Google Keep has a lot of tools and features built into editing, so it’s useful to be able to condense newly added formatting tools.
The update will likely be server-side and will appear as Google performs their infamous phased rollout for users in different regions. At the moment there is no exact timeline as to when this will happen, but it is exciting to see that soon you will be able to emphasize your thoughts on some level as you write them down. Why this took nearly a decade baffles me, but Google’s services pride themselves on maintaining a simplistic and minimalist user experience to attract the largest audience, so while I’m shocked it’s taken this long, I would actually shouldn’t be at all.