Google Keep is rarely updated these days, but for Android and the web, it’s mostly full feature after dark themes earlier this year. Today’s mobile user rolls out a bottom Material Theme app bar with FAB inset.
Previously, there was a “Take a note…” field on the left side of the bottom bar opening a blank screen when tapped. To the right, shortcuts were used to create a new list, draw, record audio, and add an image.
Google Keep is now introducing a design which moves the four shortcuts to the left, while there is now an inset Material Design FAB to the right which uses the four-colored plus sign used in Gmail, Calendar, and other revamped G Suite services. It is slightly more noticeable by making the button inset — rather than overlapping — with a curve out. The bar is also partly transparent and stays docked while you scroll.
Google Keep is a minor tweak that modernizes and declutters by no longer having text at the bottom of the screen, which allows for increased spacing between actions. The floating action button is a sufficiently ubiquitous element that no further introduction is required.
This update is rolling out via a server-side update and live on just three out of six devices that we’ve tested on Android today running version 5.19.451.03.40. The Google Keep Material Theme FAB, meanwhile, is widely available on iOS.