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Google Keep is now Google Keep Notes, because Google

Other than the name change, the app is pretty much the same, so it's not quite clear why it happened.

Published onSeptember 20, 2018

The new Google Keep Notes icon after Google changed the name of the app.
  • The latest version of Google Keep on APKMirror features a name change to Google Keep Notes.
  • The app is otherwise mostly the same, so the reasoning behind the name change is unclear.
  • The app and browser-based version are still called Google Keep as of publishing this article.

If you head over to APKMirror, you’ll see that the latest version of Google KeepGoogle’s note-taking app — has a new name: Google Keep Notes. It is not quite clear why the name of the app is different.

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Sure enough, if you install Google Keep Notes onto an Android phone via APKMirror, the default name for the app reflects this change (see above).

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As of publishing this article, however, the listing for Google Keep on the Google Play Store is still the “old” name, and the browser-based version of the app also retains the simple “Keep” moniker.

The very brief changelog for Google Keep Notes for Android makes no mention of changing the app’s name, and the changes made do not seem significant enough to warrant a rebranding. See for yourself below:

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It is possible that this is all a mistake and Google will issue a new version of the app which will revert back to the simple Keep title. However, this could be a permanent change that Google is quietly pushing through because…of something?

Regardless, for the time being, the newest version of the Keep app for Android has a different name than the other versions of Keep, so that’s pretty interesting.