Google makes drawing more powerful with Keep update

The free note-taker gains the ability to decipher handwriting into text.

Google Keep

Keep may forever be one of the more underrated apps in Google’s stable, but that hasn’t stopped its development. And there’s a new version on its way to the Play Store that adds a subtle but important new feature for note-takers.

If you’re someone who likes to scribble in Keep rather than type, Google has implemented a way to convert your handwriting into text. Once the new update lands in the Play Store (or if you can’t wait, sideload the Google-signed APK from APKMirror), you’ll see a new Grab image text option in the top-right menu. Tap it when you’re done drawing and it will attempt to convert any words it sees to actual text. It’s a similar trick to the optical character recognition Keep uses to pull text out of images—and there’s no guarantee it will be able to decipher your chicken scratch—but it should be a nifty tool for old-fashioned note-takers.

Why this matters: Even though it’s not one of Google's most popular apps, it’s good to see it paying attention to Keep. This is a small feature for sure, but it shows that Google is still focused on delivering top-notch features to a small segment of its audience.

This story, "Google makes drawing more powerful with Keep update" was originally published by Greenbot.

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