A teardown of the latest version of Google Keep has revealed that there could be a major addition on the horizon: text formatting support. The addition of text formatting would be monumental to the note-taking app as the app has been pretty bare-bones for quite some time. While Google recently updated the app with new widgets and a redesigned user interface, the company hasn’t added any significant features since its initial release in 2013.
The people at 9to5Google have decompiled the latest update of Google Keep (v 5.22.182.00), which has revealed new code pointing to upcoming formatting options. The code suggests that the app will soon have options to enable typographic emphasis: bold, italics, and underline. There also seem to be options for ‘Show formatting controls’ and ‘Clear formatting’. Below are the icons for the options listed above, which seem to be styled similarly to what you’d find in other Google products like Google Docs and Google Sheets.
The change would be welcome, as Google Keep has only offered plain text input since it first launched in 2013. While it may not seem like it, Keep has some advanced features like being able to pin a note, change note colors for better visual organization and create labels for management. However, going through notes can be painful at times. Google Keep only has two display options in the Android app, both of which aren’t that great. Of course, if you need a more robust app, you always have the option to copy your notes directly into Google Docs.
However, you may have to wait a while to get the new formatting options in Google Keep. As mentioned before, this information was found by looking at the decompiled code from the last update. This means that the feature is currently in development and could appear in a future release (or maybe never).