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Google could let any developer make the next Evernote

After trying loads of Task apps over the years, I have settled for now on a combination of Taskary and Google Tasks.  What they have in common is they both use Google Tasks to save the tasks.

If a new task app catches my eye tomorrow, it likely will not receive room on my phone or desktop unless it too uses Google Tasks to store its tasks.  That way I do not need to re-enter my tasks for the new app.

This is possible because Google has an API for Google Tasks.  An API or Application Programming Interface lets an app send tasks to Google, and get tasks from them.

Google has a huge collection of APIs into their services.  I just wish they had one more.

I wish for an API for a note taking application.  They may or may not let it be part of Google Keep.  Even if they did not have an app themselves using the API, it would be nice to have an API any programmer could use to develop their own image of what a note taking app looks like.

The data would count against your Google storage. With their re branding of their storage this week to Google One, they clearly plan to remain in the selling of cloud storage. This would give users more to store at Google.

There are a multitude of Task apps because there are many ways to manage tasks.  Likewise, there are many ways to manage notes, so there are many note taking apps.  Evernote and OneNote are the two biggest but a quick search of the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store finds scores more.

To have clients on multiple platforms, some sort of remote storage and synchronization is necessary.  Not a lot of these apps have that.  To be truly useful, a notes app needs a desktop and phone presence.  Google could make this easier and affordable for small developers, all the while selling cloud storage space.  They may or may not choose to link their Google Keep to it.

What say you Google?




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